Thinking About Rehoming Your Sugar Glider Due to Lack of Attention? Read This First

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Thinking of rehoming your sugar glider because you can’t give him the attention he needs?

Before you do, read this first!

We’ll talk about why rehoming because of guilt may not be what’s best for your pet.

Then, we’ll look at some scenarios where it actually might be the most humane move.

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Some sugar glider owners find themselves feeling guilty for not giving their gliders more attention.

It’s a common occurrence within this community that often leads to the rehoming of gliders.

But does this guilt warrant sending them into new homes?

Let’s take an in-depth look into this topic and figure out your next move.

Why Rehoming Because of Guilt isn’t the Best for Sugar Gliders

A common reason for rehoming sugar gliders is their owners feel like they aren’t spending enough time with them.

This way of thinking makes them feel guilty and unfit to be the owner of these beautiful animals. 

Many of these owners don’t even want to rehome home, but this guilt makes them consider it.

It’s a common topic of conversation on almost every sugar glider forum.

But in some cases, these owners are misguided and don’t realize rehoming a sugar glider could be harmful.

One of the main reasons is the move might be traumatic to them. 

Sugar gliders are known for getting stressed when moving into a new place.

More importantly, the new home might not take care of them as well as you did. 

Owners can do their finest to screen these new homes, but it still not be the best home for these gliders.

Honestly, you might be just feeling guilty because of some preconceived notion inside your head. 

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Myths About Sugar Glider Ownership that Lead to Rehoming

Many owners often fail victim to thinking more gliders means a large time commitment. They usually end up deciding to rehome one or two will make them less of a burden.

But taking care of a trio of gliders isn’t really any more time-consuming or difficult than caring for one if you keep them all in the same habitat. 

After all, three gliders can do most of their activities simultaneously, such as eating or going to the bathroom. 

I’m not trying to make someone feel guilty about thinking about putting your sugar glider for adoption.

Of course, there are some legitimate reasons why a glider needs to be placed in a new home.  

However, some owners only need a little extra encouragement about keeping their gliders.

You might be thinking these pets need a lot more bonding time with their owners than they do. 

Most owners don’t need to spend hours upon hours with their gliders.

In fact, a lot don’t even spend more than two hours with them or even takes them out at all unless the glider indicts they want out. 

Sugar gliders don’t need to be with or on their owners at all times.

These animals are social pets, but they aren’t like other dogs who always crave their human’s attention to be happy.

It’s more essential to make sure they’re well-fed, have a well-kept habitat, clean water, and toys to occupy their time.

Spending excessive amounts of time with their owners or building an incredible pet/owner bond is a bonus rather than a necessity. 

Legitimate Reasons to Rehome Sugar Gliders

As I stated earlier, several legitimate reasons to rehome a sugar glider do exist.

I’ll discuss a few examples to help you better understand where your situation fits.

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Moving to a Place Where Sugar Gliders are Illegal

Sugar gliders are considered exotic pets within the United States.

There isn’t a federal law stating you can’t own exotic pets, but individual states or cities do prohibit the possession of them.

As a result, people moving to a new place where these regulations are in place should rehome their gliders.

It’s much better to rehome a glider ahead of time than having them taken away and put into a shelter. 

If you’re moving, I’d recommend reading our post, “Are Sugar Gliders Legal in Your State,” to better grasp what lies ahead.

It discusses the topic of sugar glider legality at length and should answer all your questions.

Taking Care of Them Has Gotten Too Expensive

Sugar glider ownership is a costly responsibility (link the cost of ownership article), as their monthly upkeep and other expenses can get a little too much.

Some people find themselves in financial hardships and can’t keep up with them anymore. 

In these cases, rehoming your sugar glider might be the only option.

There’s always someone, or a rescue group who’s willing to take on the financial responsibility. 

Don’t Have The Supplies to Take Care of Them 

Some people find out owning a sugar glider isn’t in their wheelhouse.

They don’t have the means to provide the supplies needed for making sure these creatures live a healthy and happy life. 

For instance, a college kid decides to keep sugar gliders in their dorm but realizes there isn’t enough room for the cage.

They’d be better off contacting someone else who has a spacious area for the animals.

It’s essential to note that it isn’t a crime to feel this way.

But it would be a moral crime to rehome them improperly and send them to someone else who isn’t equipped for the job. 

Owning an exotic pet can be a rewarding experience, but it’s important to make sure it’s legal and ethical. Stay informed and up-to-date on the laws in California by reading ‘what exotic pets are legal in California‘ and make a responsible choice for you and your potential pet.

How to Rehome a Sugar Glider

There are several ways to go about the rehoming process.

But I’d recommend contacting this non-profit organization, Sugar Glider Guardians, via their website or through their Facebook group. 

You can also try using, which has resources around the United States.

Either one shouldn’t have any issues helping you find an equipped person to take your gliders.

If there’s a local rescue group in your area, this situation would be another suitable choice. But please do your best to screen whoever you intend on picking. 

Thinking of rehoming your sugar glider because you can't give him the attention he needs? Before you do, read this first!

I hope these discussions on rehoming sugar gliders provide some clarity about your situation.

If you have any more questions, feel free to let me know in our comment section.

Do you have any other questions or tips regarding rehoming a sugar glider? Share below!

Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts

My name is Ben Roberts, and I absolutely love animals. So, naturally, I love writing about them too! As far as my animals, I have a Pit-bull, a Beagle-lab mix, a Chihuahua, and one old cat. Each one of them provides me with a new adventure every day. And the best part is they’re all best friends. Well, except the cat when he gets a little annoyed.
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16 thoughts on “Thinking About Rehoming Your Sugar Glider Due to Lack of Attention? Read This First”

  1. I didn’t even realise you could have sugar gliders as pets. What a cute little thing. It’s important to check you can look after any pet before getting one in. It can be hard on animals once they build a bond to have to be rehomed.

  2. This post seems like a great resource if someone is considering rehoming a sugar glider. Going through a rescue is generally a lot safer for the pet than using Craigslist or Facebook Market.

  3. These little guys are so cute! We knew someone with sugar gliders, but I feel like most exotic pets like this take a lot of work, and we didn’t want to undertake that kind of commitment.

  4. I never heard of a sugar glider before. I think people really need to think about the needs of any pet and their lifestyle before taking on the responsibilities of having one. Rehoming any pet can be hard for the animal.

  5. Wow! I never saw a sugar glider before! Rehoming is really a sad and heartbreaking not just for the owner but for the pets, too. But sometimes we need to do that.

  6. I use to take my pair out every single day in the bonding pouch or in a tent. Then we had two deaths in the family which has screwed up this routine and I feel like I don’t have time to put them in the pouch daily let alone play with them in their tent. Lately, they’ve been going weeks without being in the pouch. I still say good morning (evening) to them and give them a treat in the morning and they are very well fed and and their cage you could eat out of. I do interact with them for a few minutes in the morning and evening. However, my husband and I are worried we are not spending -enough- time with them. Any advice? Thanks.


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