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.
If the toys are made of ropes, make sure that only ropes that have 100% natural fibre have been used. Such ropes may either be sisal or cotton ropes. Avoid ropes that are made from nylon since they can injure your pet if it gets caught between the nylon’s strong strands. It is necessary for glider owners to frequently check toys made of ropes in order to either discard or cut back frayed or hazardous ropes.
Currently, acrylics are commonly used to make toys. At times, they make toys that cannot be easily be destroyed by the gliders. 3/16” minimum thickness is the best for acrylic used in making of toys. It is recommended that your purchase toys made from wood blended with acrylic or pure acrylic since such toys are long lasting and brightly coloured hence acting as your pet’s stimulant. If the toys have ring attachments, make sure that the rings are small enough and cannot allow the glider to fit its head into them. Otherwise, this may choke your pet to death if the head gets stuck in the ring. Gliders like making noise and having toy bells in their enclosure make them happy. However, ensure that the bell’s clapper is nontoxic and cannot be removed by the glider. Bells of liberty or cowbell design are the most recommended. Avoid jingle type of bells since their wide to narrow opening scan easily cut your pet if caught between these openings.
When buying a toy, the instructions will always state that the toy is safe for use. However, it is not all the products that are safe since the potential of any item to be dangerous always exists. When you buy a new toy for your glider, it is good to first supervise it and watch its interaction with the toy. This helps you to know how you can hang the toy, where to hang it and when to allow the pet to play with it
Sugar gliders are happy animals. If you have one as a toy, you should not keep it bored. Get a toy for it to play with and this rejuvenates its energy. It is good to have a variety of toy that the glider can play with when it wants. However, make sure that all the safety factors are considered before you can provide your glider with a toy to ensure that it always remains healthy and comfy.