One of the most frequently asked questions concerning sugar gliders is where do sugar gliders poop and pee?
This is a legitimate question as sugar gliders require a lot of handling especially during the bonding phase to ensure that they become acclimated to their owner sufficiently.
Many people carry their sugar gliders on their bodies throughout the day. Thus, there is a concern regarding when and where they are most likely to eliminate.
Concerns about Sugar Gliders and Elimination
There are a number of concerns that people have in regards to sugar gliders and their elimination patterns.
Because sugar gliders are very portable and often carried on the body of the owner via a pocket, most new owners are concerned that their sugar gliders will defecate on them.
There have been many stories of people scared that their sugar gliders will either poop or pee in their shirt pockets.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent sugar glider elimination accidents from happening by understanding where and how sugar gliders eliminate.
How and where do Sugar Gliders Eliminate?
Sugar gliders are relatively clean animals that do not defecate where they sleep, play and lounge.
This should offer some reassurance against the possibility of a sugar glider using a shirt pocket as a bathroom.
Typically, the elimination habits of a sugar glider are quite predictable. They often eliminate upon awaking and not too long after eating.
Oftentimes, sugar gliders that are resting in a pocket or other comfortable space will begin moving about when they want to eliminate.
Sugar gliders will choose a specific location within their cage for elimination.
Again, they are very clean animals that avoid eliminating close to their lounging and play areas.
Owners can encourage more predictable elimination patterns among sugar gliders by keeping the cage thoroughly cleaned on a consistent basis.
Potty Training for Sugar Gliders
Potty training for sugar gliders is a combination of tracking elimination patterns, encouraging elimination and providing proper diet.
Tracking elimination patterns is important as this gives the owner an idea of when a sugar glider is most likely to eliminate.
For example, upon waking and after eating are times when a sugar glider is most likely to use the bathroom.
Knowing this information, owners can encourage sugar gliders to eliminate through massage.
Massaging the rear end, genitals and stomach of a sugar glider stimulates bowel movement and urination. This massage method can be repeated to ensure that a sugar glider is thoroughly cleared.
This “forced” elimination process may take about five minutes.
Finally, a proper diet is essential to regular elimination.
Sugar gliders that are fed a diet that closely resembles what they eat in the wild are more likely to have regular elimination patterns.
Likewise, adopting a regular feeding schedule will ultimately result in regular elimination patterns.
Although there appears to be some concern around the when, where and how sugar gliders eliminate, it is quite simple to predict.
In understanding the innate nature of sugar gliders as well as learning their elimination patterns, most of the concern around sugar glider elimination is relieved.