Hi everyone! I'm going to be an official sugar glider owner of two in a week, but I'm suddenly having second thoughts about it.
I have done all the necessary research about caring for them and have the supplies and equipment ready for them. But now I'm just worried that I won't be able to take care of them as well as I thought I could.
The thing is, I'm a high school student who is going to graduate next year, and I am afraid I won't have the time to care for them than I had originally thought.
I am totally fine with having to constantly care for them by taking the time to make their meals, clean their cages, play with them, and have them chatter in the night (I'm a deep sleeper and I don't mind noise). I also don't do many extracurricular activities so I go home straight away.
But I worry that I cannot find the time to bond with them with days I have a busy schedule. Also, I'm at school from 8:40AM to 3:00PM and I wonder if that time period is too long to be away from them. I also know that when I go to university, I might be away for longer periods of time from them. (The universities I plan to go to all allow exotic pets)
I am mainly worried for their health and bonding them with me. So should I still get them or not? (Though I really want them and I understand the responsibility with having sugar gliders, I am okay with not getting them if it is for the best)
First you need to determine if you're experiencing "cold feet" or if you are coming to a real, realization that you may be limited in time to fulfill the needs of the gliders.
It seems you have two weeks, maybe less to make this decision, and it's really one that only you can make. I don't want to encourage you and say, "oh you can do it", when I don't really know what your future holds any more than you do. Although, you do have some control in that, being what you take on in your college years. And again, I don't know your situation as to if you must go full-time, if you're going away to college or staying home, going to school locally. These are all factors you need to determine.
1. I recommend come up with a plan. Take maybe 2-3 nights to review your schedule throughout the week and also consider your college schedule & location. If you find that your plan is suitable to work in your situation, then you'll have your answer.
2. I don't want to come of the wrong way, but honestly there are circumstances where people have no control over limitation to care for animals, but there are many times they do have control. So basically, the question is how committed are you to your pet(s), or prospective pet(s), that you will, whenever necessary take measures that dictate around them and their need rather than your own? This is a tough question, but another that can help you determine if they're right for you.
Basically, best you know now that you are limited in your time than to get them home and have to find a new home for them. That's a tougher place to be.
However, if you're just experiencing "cold feet", that is the doubt of knowing you're capable, then by considering the two points above should help you determine if that's the case.
Also, to answer your question about your daytime hours. I personally work 9-6, plus commute time, I'm gone long days. I don't get so much "pouch time" with my trio so much. Fortunately, my hours were a lot different, plus I worked closer to where I lived, so the critical bonding time with them (especially the first two) was more manageable. With your personal schedule for daytime bonding, even three days a week from 3:30-4:00, or even a little later, would be fine, following proper methods.
I feel like I almost HAVE to respond to this since I was in your same situation. XD
I was about 15 when I got my glider, Miki. Like you, I was in high school. I didn't have any activities so I came straight home as well. He was a baby when I acquired him. (Not sure if your pair are babies or not.) Currently, he is bonded to me and chill. What I'm trying to say is it is very possible to bond with your gliders on your schedule. I had the exact same one as you (minus college) and every day I came home from school I would check up on Miki, take him out, and just do what I needed to get done while he was in the pouch. Remember that while your at school, they will be sleeping, so time will fly for them while your at school. An hour a day, even a half an hour (if you get super duper busy) is enough to help them bond. Keep in mind that you don't constantly have to physically play with them during your bonding time; they will familiarize themselves to you just in the pouch alone. You can get your homework done, eat, etc and they will still be "on" you getting used to your voice, smell, etc. (I'm not saying just always pouch them, touching is good too. Just if you have a super busy schedule, I'm saying its better than nothing and leaving them in the cage.) I'm just letting you know that it is possible; you can always message me if you have any further questions since I understand your concern and was in your situation. It is very mature of you to think of the pros and cons though and I commend you for that! Ultimately, it is your decision!
I got my first pair at 17 and graduated the next year. Everything went great until I hit 25 and started preparing to get married lost my rental and a million other things went wrong. I had to rehome my babies and get my life together it was very hard because I was bonded to them, now however I am 28 I own a home and just picked up 2 new suggies I'm so excited to get back to my old rutine. Basically my advice to you is just make smart decisions with yours. It can be done in the teens but is very hard financially in the early stages of adulthood. Good luck