Why do people rehome their gliders?
We all find it heart breaking that many gliders get rehomed.We do understand if life circumstances change it maybe necessary to find your glider a home, and this is a hard decision.
No one faults the legitimate need to rehome gliders. What we do want to address is the "other" reasons people rehome their gliders & tackle what might be the real reasons behind rehoming adult or youth gliders, so new owners have an idea what they are getting into..
1. I'm too busy to care for them:
- This can mean many things from they never socialized them and they are wild animals, to they are tired of cleaning the cage & preparing proper fresh food, to they are truly neglected. If this is an excuse used by a seller we really caution people from buying these gliders, for they might be truly walking into a mind field and buying a neglected, ill fed, unsanitary, and wild glider who bites and can't be held after basic introduction time.
2. I don't like their smell:
- This can usually mean two things:
A. the glider is over 10 months and like any animal it has its natural adult smell - The natural smell can be anywhere from unnoticeable on the glider to a natural fruit-musk smell. It isn't a bad smell, but if their cages are not cleaned regularly and bacterial is building up to toxic levels it can smell really bad and transfer it to the glider making them have a bad smell. This usually signifies that a glider could be exposed to unsanitary conditions and if the person hasn't liked the smell of them they probably haven't been handling them or cleaning their cage often as well. If bacteria levels are high gliders can get bacterial infections and this can cause bad odour.
B. They haven't tried changing their food or used products available to adjust their natural sweet smell. If they are feeding an unnatural diet or one high in inappropriate foods they can get BO just like a person can. If feeding a natural diet there should not be a bad odour, only their natural light fruity smell or none that is really noticeable. Gliders can smell if people do not replace/clean pouches regularly and they are just leaving them in filth all the time.
**When properly feeding and cleaning their cage regularly there should not be a noticeable smell to the habitat or a so called "BAD" smell to the glider - this is often an excuse for deeper issues and we would caution anyone using this as an excuse to sell.
3. They need more attention:
- The reason is often self explanatory if you own gliders, but to new owners they might not see the red flags waving. These gliders probably have not been socialized, bite, run, shake nervously, can't be handled, or have been alone for way to long. These gliders often never become trained or the friendliest, should not be placed with other gliders (quarantine for 90 days is a must), and may never become good pet. Many people buying these gliders are heart broken when they die out of the blue. Gliders are sociable animals and shouldn't be left alone or without companionship. They don't thrive being left alone in cages for months at a time, especially if single gliders. It is not uncommon for these gliders to die very young and each rehoming pretty much guarantees them more stress and a shorter life expectancy.
4. Nothing wrong just finding them a new home:
Always question why they are rehoming, but often privacy of the person doesn't allow you to find out the reason why. If there was no reason, why would someone rehome a beloved pet and family member? Ask for a reason, if they don’t give it to you you might be wondering what else they are not telling you. People should be honest and want a good home.
5. They bought the glider at a tradeshow, K-days, or petstore
This is the current No1 reason for rehoming. People go to a tradeshow, buy an exotic pet on impulse, come home, research, and find out they cant care for them, are scared of them, or they bought 1 and can't possibly spend enough time with them. Close to 95% of gliders bought this way do not continue living in their new homes! Many are rehomed within months, but some die within weeks because the new owners were not prepared and did not know how to properly care for them.
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