It is very obvious that you hold an animal captive by holding it as a pet in a cage. This means that the pet is limited in the number and type of activities it can perform in a cage compared to the unlimited number of activities it can naturally engage in while in the wild. Specialists in mammals’ behaviours state that playing is an activity that comes second after food gathering. For a sugar glider pet to grow naturally, several items like toys must be provided. This article will shed light into toys for sugar gliders.
When animals play, they able to enjoy a sense of independence. Playing is also associated with the development of good cerebral well-being. Providing sugar gliders with a natural looking environment to play is very healthy. Mostly, the young gliders are able to engage themselves in a natural process of learning where they are able to distinguish diverse forms of shapes and textures. Providing toys to sugar gliders is a way of facilitating the development of their dexterity and coordination. Therefore, it is very relevant to expose the gliders especially the young ones to different types of objects to make them less fearful and more confident.
When toys are provided to sugar gliders, they help in providing them with a way of using their energy through vigorous exercises rather than converting all the energy to aggression and turning all of it towards the owner. Rather, they are able to use this energy in chewing, swinging and dangling on the toys or run around in the sugar glider wheel.
If you are the kind that likes to personally make toys for your glider pet, you should avoid woods that are pressure treated. This is because the arsenic chemical used to treat these woods is dangerous for your pet. If you prefer branches from the wild, ensure that the branches are insecticide free. It is also necessary to avoid collecting branches from places like near the roads or industries to avoid materials that have absorbed a lot of toxins from the vehicle and industrial fumes. However, you can clean such branches with dilute chlorine bleach to disinfect them. When cleaning wooden toys, make sure that you wipe them with dump piece of cloth and then drying them rather than soaking them to avoid bacterial growth which may be detrimental to your pet. Continue reading “Toys for Sugar Gliders”