What are sugar gliders like as pets? Well, they don't really compare to any common pets. It's not like owning a hamster or a cat. They are a big responsibilty and have complicated and sometimes expensive needs. They are not a pet for children or casual admirers. To be a good owner, you have to really want to dedicate a portion of your life to them. It takes time and effort to get a well bonded, friendly glider and it doesn't stop there. Ask yourself if you want to do this for the next 15 or so years. With that said, here is a look at my schedule:
Go to class 9am to 12pm or 11am to 3pm|
After classes - put 2 sleepy gliders in my bonding pouch and do homework/chores for about 1 to 2 hours, then switch to the other 2 for another 1 to 2 hours while checking email/fiddling with my web site.
Around 5pm - take a short nap.
6pm to 11pm - get other assorted things done, take care of other pets, spend time with boyfriend, try to have a social life.
11pm to 2am - sugar gliders get to run loose in computer room while I get on the net. They come up and sit on my shoulder/head/lap every couple of minutes. I give them treats and lots of attention and then off they go again.
2am - prepare glider food and use it to lure them back in their cage. I remove uneaten food when I wake up.