Unsafe Foods for Sugar Gliders


While feeling your pet sugar glider is a sign of love and caring, overfeeding can lead to an abundance of health problems. Just like us, it’s important for sugar gliders to have the right balance of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals for their bodies to function properly. Sugar gliders that aren’t fed a balanced diet can have a variety of health problems, like hind leg paralysis due to unbalanced calcium and phosphorus. While you want to make sure you’re feeding your pet sugar glider the right amount of food, overfeeding can cause an entirely different host of issues.

Most treats are safe to feed in limited amounts, but can be unsafe when fed in excess. These types of treats include:
  • Fruit (in excess, is high in sugar)
  • Nuts (high fat)
  • Bird Seeds (high fat)
  • Corn (low nutritional value)
  • Lettuce (no nutritional value)
  • Oranges (high citrus)
  • Mealworms (high fat, low calcium)
  • Pork (high sodium)
  • Other high-fat or low-calcium foods

Other foods should be completely avoided:

  • Bird seed
  • Cheese
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Rhubarb
  • Fruit pits
  • Apple seeds
  • Caffeine

Loving your pet means feeding them a well balanced diet, so if you’re concerned about restricting their food intake and losing their affection, remember that there are many other ways to show our pets we love them. Playing with your pet regularly, providing them with mentally and physically interactive toys and spending time with them are all non-food related ways to show your pet you care.

For more information on foods that are safe to feed to your sugar glider, see our article on Healthy Treats for Gliders.


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