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Date Posted: 21:09:11 11/05/06 Sun
Author: Joan
Subject: Re: Vitamins and Supplements?
In reply to: Squiggy'smom 's message, "Vitamins and Supplements?" on 13:31:09 11/05/06 Sun

>I'm concerned that Squiggy isnt getting the nutrition
>she needs-she's pretty picky.She loves green grapes
>the most...Every night I give her a large assortment
>of fruits and veggies,but she leaves most of them
>uneaten...

A variety is the way to go, but flyers have a sweet tooth and some will pick fruit over vegetables. Offer veggies 4-5 nights a week alone and fruit alone the other 2-3 nights.


>How much exactly should she be
>consuming?

You can leave small amounts and it will be easier to see.

>She pretty much leaves the dry food
>alone....

If you mean rodent pellets or "flying squirrel" pellets, most won't eat them unless raised on them.

>....I bought repti-cal to sprinkle on her
>food,but then she wont touch it at all.........

Only use a pinch 2-3 times a week.
You can buy liquid calcium that goes in their water. There is a calciun/D3 liquid called Calcivet by Vetafarm and it goes in water and you wouldn't need to give anything else.
I offer a choice of plain water and vitamin water.

>Anyway,I was looking at Exoticnutrition.com and they
>have foods and supplements,but I am not sure what to
>get as nothing seems to be made expressly for
>Flyers...

They do, but forget these commercial foods for flyers.

>Would Sugar Glider food be acceptable?

No, they are totally separate species. Flyers are much easier to feed. You are feeding her correctly with the variety and she's eating what she needs. They will NOT starve themselves.

>have Glider-Cal which has no phospherous...does she
>need that?..

No, phospherous is needed as it works with calcium. See here for foods that contain both: http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=208&sid=414dc73393bde34833a1fbb17e59dfaa

There are vitamins for Gliders as
>well....Would those be okay for Flyers?There is also
>something called Calcimize which is supposed to remove
>chlorine and heavy metals from the water AND add
>calcium..I have well water,there is no chlorine in
>it,but we have a water softener that uses potasium
>chloride....will that harm her?

Don't waste your money

>Should i maybe be using
>bottled water?

No

>Are all flyers such picky eaters?

They will love something one day and hate it the next ... just continue with a variety of veggies and fruit.

>By the way,she loves to play in her water dish...She
>immerses first her front half in the dish, splashing
>with her front legs as if she were swimming...then she
>drapes herself across the dish and gets her belly
>wet...

LOL I knew of one that like to shower with it's HOF, but most don't care for water.

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