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GliderVet #104: Recycled Sugar Glider Toys, Dear Arnold, Sugar Glider Exchange Milestone

This Month in the GliderVet Newsletter
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Greetings Glider Groupies, Glider Newbies and Glider Wanna-bes! Welcome to the November 2010 edition of the GliderVet News.

This month, we’ll talk about items you might normally throw away that make great (and free!) sugar glider toys. Our favorite glider journalist will be answering a couple of questions in his Dear Arnold column. And last but not least, we're excited to have reached a wonderful milestone with our free Glider Exchange service, so be sure to read on for details.

Before glidin' in, we wanted to provide a "heads up" to everyone who has been patiently awaiting the return of bendable branches, which are back in stock, following the manufacturer's completion of a new and improved waterproof version your suggies (and you) will dig!

We can't believe it, but the holiday season is upon on again. And as usual, Arnold's come to the rescue to ensure suggies don't get left out of the festivities. Click here to check out his great foraging toy offering for Holiday Season 2010! In preparation for this month's festivities, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for your continued patronage, loyalty and support over the last 8+ years. From Arnold and the Glider Gang here at SunCoast, we send our best wishes for a holiday filled with happiness and health!

Please remember that this newsletter is intended to express the wishes of the whole sugar glider community. Every article published in this newsletter is a result of someone just like you taking the time to write us with thoughts, ideas, stories and questions. Send your comments to us here.

If you ever want to find earlier issues of GliderVet News, you can access our archives here. Fun pics of sugar gliders sent in by our customers are found here. If you are looking for sugar glider tested and approved products, check out our ever expanding store here.

Are you new to sugar gliders or just in the early stages of trying to decide if one is right for you? Questions you can ask yourself to help make this very important and long term decision are here.

A very confusing area for those considering glider ownership (and for some current owners too!) is diet. See what our vet has to say here. And if you decide that a sugar glider (or two!) would become future members of your household, then you might want to check out Arnold's great deals on starter kits, with or without cages.
Recycled Sugar Glider Toys
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by Lisa


Re-purposing, re-using and recycling remain in the forefront of nearly everything today. So as we head into the season when many of us try our hand at "being crafty", we thought it might be fun to review some ideas for creating interactive playtime between suggies and their humans. You can re-purpose parts from everyday products to use as toys. Sometimes you can even create "reset" toys that you set up for your sugar glider to essentially take apart. Yes, that means you have to put them together again! Commonly used products include toilet paper rolls, milk rings, straws, etc. Click here for a previous article on "disposable toys", which is a similar idea.

This idea has existed for a very long time in the sugar glider community and can allow us to develop some incredibly creative games for sugar gliders and their humans. Each sugar glider is unique, but we have learned over the years that some gliders are more "out of the box" thinkers than others!

When you open up a plastic milk jug with one of those blue, red or yellow "tear-off" rings that serves as a seal for the cap, you may toss them away unconsciously. But you may want to rinse them off and toss them into a box until you've collected a few that you can stack them into a pile on the bottom of the cage. From there, your curious pint-sizers (pun intended!) will go to task. Sound mind-numbingly easy? Well, that's because our part of the deal is! You see, the real masterminds behind the inventions are our fuzzy friends!

If your milk rings come off the jug as a whole circle, make sure you cut the ring so there is no danger of getting stuck. And those rings with "teeth" on them you might want to avoid or trim the teeth.

One example comes from one of our very own who has become quite adept at adorning herself with a milk ring necklace every evening. When we wake up for breakfast, we are greeted by our very own Holly GoLightly (minus the Breakfast at Tiffany's price tag, thank you very much!)

Another popular recycled toy is the good ole cardboard center of toilet paper rolls. To start, you can try just placing one inside the cage. Set one on the bottom of the cage - vertically or horizontally - and then let the idea generators go to task! You may see some interactivity between multiple gliders batting the roll back and forth. Some gliders will scooch inside and hide. Initially, they may not seem interested at all, but it's only a matter of time.

If you have an over-achiever (i.e., an avid chewer), then you may find a shredded TP roll first thing in the morning! Or maybe not - it will look untouched. Cardboard may not be the right material, but perhaps straws and / or milk rings are. Once you start to see and learn patterns, you can determine what types of items work best for your unique posse. And as you become more familiar with what's popular, then YOU can start to get more creative in the process (...yup, it can be very humbling to be a dumb ole human).

For instance, perhaps you can try hanging milk rings from in-cage toys and observe what happens overnight. If you use straws for smoothies or drinks, cut them in half, or into thirds, and then perhaps try building a "cabin". It's unlikely to still be standing in the same format you left it in the night before, but it can be great fun way to learn more about your gliders' traits and they can even learn a little about you! As an added bonus, it's an inexpensive way to recycle things creatively. You can find additional information on the sugar glider message boards about recycled and reset toys:

Glider Central

Glider Gossip

Dear Arnold
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by Arnold

Hi Arnold!!
I just wanted to drop you a line & let you know that my kids are playing dodge ball w/the chicken & rice pellets:( Is there any way at all that these could be made smaller? Or broken up? I would want them to eat these whenever they feel they want to, but rite now they are seeing who can throw the farthest!
Josefine
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Dear Dodge Ball Mom,

Sounds like yer kids are some sirius athleetes! When we were makin and testin pellets, Yours Truly specially requested smaller pellets. But the MAN-You-Facturin' peeples told us that since our food recipe didn't have any fillers or binders, it couldn't be made smaller. Gotta admit I don't really understand all this kinda stuff, but my mum 'splained it to me like this: "if the MAN-You-Facturin' peeples tried to make a smaller pellet, it'd be pellet dust."

So methinks our pellets are probly more fun to chow on than pellet dust. But if ya wanna cut down on da dodge ball games, ya could try smashin 'em up a bit so they'll be smaller to snak on. Plus, dodge ball will be so much more safer with smaller pellet ballz!

Your Kickin' Pal,
Arnold

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Dear Arnold,

You mention that the doors are heavy on your Deluxe Rectangular cage. It's true enough, however my 4 little munchkins have learned how to work together to open it, allowing one (and sometimes all) to escape. Yup, I have 4 over achievers.

So if anyone else has that problem, bungee cords work really well (for now) in keeping the doors closed. At some point in time I am sure my 4some will learn how to move the bungee cords.

Sharon Carnahan (mom and grandma to little munchkins)
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Dear Sharon & the Houdinis,

Yer li'l escapers sound super smart! Havin' just saw Oceans Eleven, got a pic in me head of them pullin' out a mini power tool set to get past anything - yuk yuk yuk!

We don't know about many cases of glider characters "working together" to create such trouble. Gliders can be purty smart, but no worries - the bungie cords should probly keep workin'. It'd shock even me if they outsmart ya on dat one! But if cords can't keep 'em in, then zip ties (cable ties) will pretty much lock up those doors!

Yers Smartly,
Arnold
Sugar Glider Exchange Milestone
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by Lisa


As November represents a month to focus on gratitude, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the sugar glider community for helping support SunCoast's Glider Exchange service. In August 2002, SunCoast Sugar Gliders started hosting this free service. It was created to help match people who must find a home for a sugar glider they can no longer keep with a home willing to open their doors to a new sugar glider friend.

Older sugar gliders have special needs and this service helps fill a void by focusing on the needs of older, mature gliders in need of more love and attention. Overall, about 3 to 4 sugar gliders are adopted month through this service.

We have continued to provide this service for over 8 years and are very excited to have exceeded over 300 adoptions to date! On behalf of all older sugar gliders in need of a new home, we thank everyone for your help in supporting this service.

'Til next time, in good health for you and your gliders, we sign off in appreciation of all of you who share great glider adventures with us!

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Lisa
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