Good sugar glider nutrition dictates that maintaining a proper calcium:phosphorous (Ca:P) ratio is vital to your sugar glider's good health. Many fruits and vegetables contain phosphorus and we prefer a phosphorus free calcium product as phosphorus is already present in the sugar glider's diet.
If you are familiar with most of our product recommendations, then you know that we generally prefer products that are species specific or at a minimum mammal specific. Rep-Cal is developed by a company that specializes in reptile nutritional needs. We've looked at lots of different calcium products under the direction of our vet, Dr. Cianciolo. Her primary directive to us was to find a product from a reputable company that was just a pure calcium product.
Rep-Cal contains only 100% natural phosphorus free oyster shell Calcium Carbonate for its calcium source. We actually called the manufacturer of this product and spoke to technical support. The Calcium Carbonate used is rated as human grade by the USDA which means that human supplement companies are using the same quality product. It's the same stuff people take.
This product contains no other additives or supplements. This is important as we recommend that a separate vitamin supplement is provided through another product, Vionate. This insures no duplication of vitamins that can build up and cause vitamin toxicity. Rep-Cal contains no added starch, sugar, soy protein, preservatives, artificial coloring, flavoring, or fragrance. Remember, always consult your veterinarian for any special nutritional problems.
If you are using Leadbeater's Mix as the primary part of your sugar gliders diet, we recommend a dosage of 1 Teaspoon of Vionate and 2 Teaspoons of Rep-Cal Calcium per single batch of mix.
We like to make our supplement mix in large batches so it lasts for awhile; we use One part Vionate, One part Green Label Rep-Cal, and Two parts Arnold's Choice Possum Milk Replacer. If you want to make a small batch and are using a tablespoon, use One tablespoon Vionate, One tablespoon Repcal, and Two tablespoons Arnold's Choice Possum Milk Replacer. It doesn't matter what size measure you use as long as you keep the ratios in the same proportions.
Feed 1/4 teaspoon of this mix per two gliders each night. We supplement only one course in the nightly meal, either by a quick shake from a cheese shaker or you can use a 1/4 teaspoon measure. We prefer putting mix on the food that we know the gliders will eat the most of that night, to ensure they are getting their supplements. We do not add the supplements to the staple food as gliders will typically eat their fresh foods first and the staple food is already nutritionally Balanced.
This supplement can also be used to gut load or dust insects prior to feeding. One container of Rep-Cal will last for 1/2 year with two sugar gliders depending on your feeding plan. A little bit goes a long way and is very important for the overall health of your pet.