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Flip flop.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:02 pm
by iamribic
Hey all,

I have two gliders, both male, and their names are Guts and Puck. I've had them for about 9 months now. The bonding is going well in some ways and not as great in others. When I originaly got them Guts was the good one and Puck was the problem child. Guts stoped biting pretty quickly, within the first two weeks, but Puck took a few months. For the first three months I had a hard time even holding Puck, where with Guts I would hold him and within a few minutes he's asleep. After the three month mark things changed. Puck is much better now. I can hold him no problem, although he is really jumpy. Any noise or fast movement still freeks him out, even fast movements from Guts. But he absolutly loves curling up in a ball and falling asleep in my hand. However, at this three month mark Guts went bananas. He's super hyper ALL THE TIME! When I go to the cage they will climb on me. Puck will just sit on my shoulder for the most part. Guts will climb all over the place. Eventually he'll jump off and go exploring. I have no problem tracking him down and when I put my hand out he'll jump right back on me, and jump off again and the process repeats. I can no longer hold him either. He used to just sleep in my hand no problem. Now, he won't hold still in my hand at all, no matter what time of day, or night, I try. I can no longer put him in bonding pouches because the ENTIRE time he is in one he just tries to chew his way out. The entire 9 months I've had them they've been sleeping in my shirts so they should be pretty well used to my sent by now. One trick I'll do is tuck my shirt ino my pants and let them roam around the inside of my shirt. In fact that is where Guts is currently sleeping. The bonding process is going ok but It just seems like I've hit a plateau. Yea, they will climb into my hand, and even groom my hands (even after just washing), but at the same time they are even afraid of my hands. Sometimes I'll reach over to my sholder and pet them and they are cool with it. Some times they run for their lives. I just don't see a patern here. I'm just not sure where to go from here. Any hints and tips would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Flip flop.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:15 am
by James
They are young and hyper. What you are describing sounds rather normal to me. You are about to enter into what I like to call "terrible twos" where young gliders can get feisty. But all things pass with time.

I think you are doing a very good job. Just dont force anything and be kind. If you lose patience with a sugar glider, you will lose a friend, because they remember.

Good job!