Octoberry Bonding Buddy
Octoberry Bonding Buddy
Bonding Buddies are a great way to introduce new scents to your gliders. They are great snuggle buddies for young joeys and fun toys for older gliders.
Sugar Glider Bonding Buddies are VETERINARIAN APPROVED!
Dr Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson of Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia has inspected, tested and approved Bonding Buddies as safe cage and pouch toys. She reminds everyone that the guidelines put forth in the disclaimer are important to follow.
As is true for all toys, Bonding Buddies are not for unsupervised use with gliders that chew, dig or burrow. It is important to make sure gliders are properly manicured on a weekly basis to prevent snagging. Please inspect your Bonding Buddy daily as well as after each wash. Crochet, while aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for gliders, can also show wear that is different from sewn items.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Place in Laundry Safe Mesh Bag, Gentle Cycle Cold, Lay Flat to Dry/Tumble Low
Suggested uses for Bonding Buddies include-
Scent Swapping/Bonding Aid
As the name implies, Bonding Buddies are perfect for bonding with a glider. The idea is to wear your Bonding Buddy on your person for a day to transfer your scent, then simply place it in a bonding pouch or cage pouch with your glider. The glider will cuddle and play with his new toy and will in turn become familiar with your scent. This encourages a positive association and will speed up the bonding process.
Similarly, you can use a Bonding Buddy for scent swapping between cages when introducing gliders to one another. Give each cage a Bonding Buddy to sleep and play with for a few days, then swap it out. This scent exchange prepares gliders for meeting one another face to face.
Hand Raising Joeys
This is actually why Bonding Buddies were originally created! Young joeys cling to their parents so fiercely that you will often see them hitching rides around the cage on Mom and Dad. For a joey being raised by hand or supplemented in some way, this loss of tactile interaction is profound. Bonding Buddies provide immeasurable comfort to a joey being raised apart from from his family by giving him something solid to latch onto in the nursery or incubator.
Nursing Sick, Injured, or Geriatric Gliders
Gliders are colony animals that absolutely require companionship. Sometimes it is not possible for a glider to stay with cage mates. Having a Bonding Buddy at the ready will help ease the stress for a glider that suddenly finds himself isolated.