First time mommy here so forgive me if I'm asking dumb questions. And I know this is long - sorry about that too.
I got my first two gliders two days ago - sisters, 8 weeks OOP. I'm feeding CritterLove Complete. In an effort to give them variation, I decided to offer them two options for salads - I made up two weeks worth of both salad #1 and salad #5, that way M-W-F they would get salad #1, and the other days they'd get salad #5. So far, it doesn't look like they've touched either salad choice since they got here. Additionally, one glider is noticeably bigger and more outgoing than the other, and is a total bully about stealing treats from the little one - like full on attack. I'm concerned that may mean she's guarding the food as well. So far, the squabbling over food hasn't resulted in outward signs - all fur is intact, etc.
I started out putting their salad bowl in a kitchen to try and contain some of the mess, but in hopes of foiling any guarding behaviors, I'm using two separate kitchens now. (I know the trick to hindering food guarding in a dog is to have several food bowls as the dog can't guard everything at once...I was hoping the same logic would apply here)
It's worth noting the situation I encountered when I picked them up from the breeder
, which was VERY different than when we decided to buy from her: the breeder
was out of town and had been for several weeks. In the interim, her daughter was caring for the gliders. Well, when we came to pick up the girls from the daughter's house, they were in a VERY small cage housing 4 gliders. Like 2x3 small. It also didn't look like it had been cleaned in weeks. Literally. The stench smacked you in the face when the door to the room was opened. Added to that, the daughter had apparently been feeding them and little else - she had no idea which gliders we were picking up, was completely unwilling to handle any of the gliders - even mommy and daddy who were obviously very used to people - daddy was super friendly actually. That left my husband and I chasing and cornering gliders for an hour trying to get our girls in a travel pouch. We succeeded - minus some skin. At least now I don't have to be afraid of getting bit...that's been covered lol. Certainly not the first impression I wanted to make with our girls, but we did the best we could and they're now in a safe and calm environment.
My questions: Is it possible the food aggression will lesson now that they're not in a "survival of the fittest" environment? How long does it normally take to adjust to a new diet
? How long does it take to discern if this is just an adjustment period or if they truly won't eat the salads? When should I worry?
**Worth mentioning: I've largely left them alone to adjust to their new surroundings and they do seem like they love their new home. They aren't crabbing at us unless they hear me messing in the cage too close to their pouch when they're sleeping - other than that, no crabbing. They're already coming up to the door of the cage when they hear me. They're eating treats out of my hands, albeit cautiously. And they're treating their cage like an amusement park lol (Congo cage). I'm trying to respect their boundaries and not ask any more than they're willing to give at this point. Personally, I'm super happy with our progress so far. They don't seem to be holding a grudge over the whole "I crammed you in a travel pouch" thing lol. My plan was to keep up with the same for a few more days, then start using a bonding
Any thoughts/ideas would be much appreciated!