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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:55 pm
by SugarShock!
Sugar Gliders are high-maintenance pets, don't get me wrong. It will not cost $1,000. I can give you a price quote. If you adopt my two Gliders, it will probably cost no more than $500 for everything. Maybe even less, probably a lot less. I am even willing to go a bit lower with my price. =)
Let me know.
Thank you.
Lauren

PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:34 pm
by donnarae
You really need to get two (2) sugar gliders.  They need companionship and buying two that already know each other saves a lot in the long run.  Some websites will give you a big discount on the 2nd glider just so they aren't alone. 

The cage is probably the next biggest expense besides the cost of the glider.  You want one as big as you can get.  The cheapest I've seen a good cage is $89 and they run free-shipping every once in a while.  That helps. 

Another expense is having a male neutered.  This is very important.  Neuters can run up to $300 at some Vets.  Check around, I only paid $90.  The Vet has to be able to handle Exotic Animals too.   You need to have a Vet Fund that you can dip into whenever you need it.  When they get sick, they will hide it until the last minute.  Mine haven't been sick at all.  I got lucky. 

Food isn't that expensive.  I think I waste as much as I put out for my gliders.   I feed HPW, a really good balanced diet program.    Food for my 6 gliders might run me $20 to $30 a month.  They love melon and this time of year it isn't that expensive.  For veggies, I feed the frozen mixed veggies and that is cheap.  They get fresh veggies too.

The time involved in cleaning their dishes and feeding them can't be put off.  It HAS to be done every day.  Are you willing to do that?  The cage needs to be cleaned and wiped down every couple days.  They are a lot of work and can live to be 15 yrs old.  It is a long-term commitment. 

Otherwise, for a real animal lover, they are great pets.  The more you can interact with them, the more bonded they will be.  If you aren't willing to put hours every day into their care, get a hamster, or bird, or some other pet that is less time consuming and more self-sufficient.

Does that help?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:07 pm
by animalluvr
That would be AWESOME if you could lower the price!!!!!!!TongueTongueTongue
That is pretty much the only thing i am worried about getting sugar gliders is the price, what i do when i go on vacation, and college.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:28 pm
by donnarae
You've got to have a good back-up for when you are away.  Perhaps a friend (with their parents permission) can learn about their care and take them for a week or so.  You can take them with you to college sometimes.  If that is going to be a problem, you would have to give them up or re-home them.  That is heartbreaking to both you and the gliders.   If your parents aren't 100% for this, don't push it.  What are their main reasons for not wanting you to get gliders?  Talk it over, and be prepared with plenty of information to state your case.  

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:22 am
by animalluvr
The reasons why they don't want me to get a sugar glider is that they could be pretty expensive, messy, college, and a lot of work and my mom doesn't want me to be carring for two babies all the time. She wants me to have fun!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:33 pm
by SugarShock!
Animalluvr,
Tell me how much money you have to spend and I will do my best to work out a fair price for you. I can't really set up a price if I do not know what I have to work with.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:20 am
by animalluvr
will it cost anything to deliver?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:17 pm
by SugarShock!
Animalluvr,
I will have to calculate and find the best delivery price. To do so, I'll need your city, state and zip code.
Thanks.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:42 am
by animalluvr
well you know I live in Illinois but I will have to give you my city and zip code tomorrow. I have to talk to my mom.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:47 am
by SugarShock!
Animalluvr,
That is 100% alright, the only reason I need it is to calculate the shipping cost. The website I am using requires a zip code, the city isn't necessary but I definitely need a zip code. I understand the whole parental thing, my parents are so hesitant about me posting information online. Actually, that's partially why I decided to stop breeding. These are the last two joeys, my mom just didn't feel comfortable with how much of it was done over the internet.