You have heard us say it so many times before: sugar gliders are colony animals and need at least one friend of their own species. Sugar gliders who are kept as singles generally do not thrive. They often become depressed, and like humans, it is only when their depression becomes severe that we start tosee physical signs of depression, such as weight loss, refusal to eat, self mutilation, and eventually death. Human companionship, while good and important, is not a substitute for the companionship and bond that a glider will have with another glider. Just as humans need other humans, and only interacting with sugar gliders will not be socially and emotionally fulfilling to any person, sugar gliders need interaction and companionship with other sugar gliders.
But, if you don’t want to take our word for it, we have compiled a few opinions and quotes from scientists, veterinarians, and other respected experts:
Recommendations and Resources
If you need help finding a sugar glider as a companion for yours, check out our rehoming page or our adoptions page. If you need help introducing sugar gliders to each other, check out our glider behavior page. And if you need help finding a veterinarian to neuter your males so that they can be introduced to each other with minimal risk of fighting, or introduced to females without the risk of breeding, please check out our vet map.
For more on this topic, Sugar Glider Diaries and CatAleah have both made wonderful videos on this topic! And as always, if you need help, feel free to contact us.