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Why Toys Are Important

Why Toys Are ImportantAs a pet in captivity, Gliders don't have the opportunity to engage in the activities that they naturally would in the wild. Mammal behaviorists who have spent time observing Gliders in the wild have reported that playtime ranks second only to food gathering in priority. Playtime helps to foster better mental health and a sense of independance. In young Gliders, playtime is part of the natural learning process in which young Gliders start to learn about textures and shapes, toys hep in development of coordination and dexterity. Exposure to a large variety of objects at a young age helps to create a more confident, less fearful Glider.

Toys provide an outlet to expend energy through exersize. Instead of directing aggression towards their owners, they can instead direct their aggressions toward the toy by dangling, swinging and chewing. Add 2-3 toys to your Gliders cage .... and watch the action! Safe Woods (not a complete list): Pine, Balsa, Birch, Basswood, Poplar, Maple, Walnut, Ash, Apple, Elm, Cactus (Cholla) and Manzanita Unsafe Woods (not a complete list): Cedar, Red Cherry, Plywood. Oak

If you like to make your own toys NEVER use pressure treated wood, it is treated with arsenic and will poison your pet. If using natural branches make sure they have not been exposed to insecticides. Also, take care to collect branches in areas removed from highways where plant life may have absorbed toxic emissions from cars. Scrub all branches with a non-toxic disinfectant (dilute chlorine bleach), rinse and dry thoroughly.

If you need to clean wood toys, don't soak them. It is best to wipe them clean with a damp cloth or sand the soiled area until clean. If your Glider likes to dunk his toys beware that moisture can promote bacterial growth and the toys should either be discarded or thoroughly cleaned and dried in a low temperature oven before returning them to the Glider. ROPE Several kinds of rope are used in Glider toys. Only 100% natural fiber ropes such as cotton, hemp (jute), or sisal should be used in Glider toys. Nylon blend ropes should never be used as they can result in serious injury and cuts due to the strength of the strands if the pets get caught in it. Ropes can be safe as long as they are maintained properly and the Glider's nails are kept trim. There have been safety problems noted when excessive fraying occurs. Gliders have lost circulation to legs by getting tangled in ill maintained ropes. Glider owners have a responsibility to check their pet's rope toys daily and to cut back or discard rope toys when they become frayed and present a hazard to their Glider. PLASTICS Acrylics are used in many toys today and if sized properly to the Glider are virtually indestructible. If purchasing acrylic toys we recommend the acrylic have a minimum thickness of 3/16". We recommend that a few of your Glider's toys be acrylic or a blend of acrylic and wood, they will be long lasting and the bright colors used are stimulating to your Glider. RINGS When choosing toys with rings or large plastic chain links make sure that the rings are of a size that the Glider canít get his head stuck in them and choke. Also beware of toys with multiple rings looped directly together as Gliders have met similar fates when they have been trapped between the rings. BELLS Gliders love to make noise and bells provide a fun source for their merry making. If a Glider is mechanically inclined and can remove the clapper the potential exists for swallowing/choking. Make sure the bell clapper can not be removed by the Glider. If it is not securely fastened either remove it or weld it (we recommend silver solder). Make sure the clapper is not lead (toxic), if it is lead you will be able to dent the clapper with your fingernail. Do not buys toys that use jingle type bells, toes can become caught and cut in the wide to narrow openings, we recommend the cow or liberty bell design. FINAL CONSIDERATIONS Just because the label says the product is safe doesnít mean that itís OK for your Glider. Any toy has the potential to be unsafe if improperly sized to the Glider.

As with kids, no toy is 100% safe for all Gliders. Use common sense and supervise your Glider when you first give him a new toy. Observe how he interacts with the toy to determine how best to hang it and where and when to allow him to play with it (some toys are safer outside the cage).

Provide a wide variety of toys and rotate them in and out of the cage or play area. Variety will help alleviate boredom and keep your Glider more alert and curious. Keep 2-3 toys minimum in the Gliders cage and donít overstuff the cage so the Glider doesnít have room to move.

Donít assume that if your Glider doesnít like a toy that it wonít play with any toy. Try something different and take the time to observe what your Glider finds interesting in terms of design, texture or size.


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The Exotic Nutrition Pet Company specializes in the manufacture and distribution of exotic mammal feeds, supplements, and accessories. Our facility is located in Southeastern Virginia.

We have always prided ourselves in meeting the needs of our exotic mammal friends when they are kept in captivity, and have always strived to bring the finest quality animal diets and accessories to conscience pet owners worldwide. Ensuring the health and well-being of your captive exotic is our main concern.

We are, and will continue to be, a company whose objective is to deliver the best possible products and services at an affordable price. Our company stands behind the products that we manufacture, and continuously monitors quality and freshness to offer you, and your pets, the highest quality foods, supplements, and accessories for exotics available.

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Why Toys Are Important