I am often asked “Can my sugar glider have (insert food)?” I’ll be honest, I was this person, eons ago. Well, maybe not eons, but it sure seems like it! It seems to be a common question in the sugar glider community and after answering, typically, with a resounding “Yes!”, I began to ask myself what I could do to better educate and assist people with their questions so that our community of sugar glider owners was more knowledgeable.
It’s important to note that this blog will not discuss nutritional aspects or dietary impacts of the foods you see here. I am not a nutritionist, nor am I a dietician, I leave that to the smarties out there! What I will discuss, are foods that you may see at your local grocery stores, produce stands and/or farmer’s markets that are safe for sugar gliders to consume, how to choose these foods and how to prepare them for feeding. It is up to you, as an owner, to choose a particular diet for your glider, and to follow it as it is written. This blog should merely serve as a guide, should you have questions.
Do you ever go through the produce section of your grocery store, see a particular fruit or vegetable, and think, “What on earth is that?” Believe me, you are not alone. After feeling completely inept a handful of times, I decided that it was time I took charge of my inner fruit and vegetable library so I could (hopefully) expand the options of my gliders. And expand, I did! You’d be surprised at the numbers of foods out there that are okay for your gliders and the enjoyment on your glider’s faces will say it all.
The truth is, aside from only a handful of items (garlic family, onion family, rhubarb), your gliders can have almost anything to eat! Dinner time should be fun, it should be entertaining and it should be interesting! Let’s begin, shall we?