I often hear that people have assumed for many years that the "Critter Love® Diet" was created in Australia... even assuming that I somehow *stole* or *took credit for the creation* of a diet I did not create... however, this information is incorrect. While the powder base of the Critter Love® Original Diet is indeed made and manufactured in Australia, it was right here in the United States that I used that powder to create and name the Critter Love® Original Diet. To set the record straight, (so to speak), here is the rest of the story...
The Critter Love® Original Diet came into existence because I was trying to find the right diet for my sugar gliders. I had tried the BML, Suncoast, Happy Glider, and we were on the Darcy Diet when I finally started talking with Debbie.
Debbie's screen name on GliderCENTRAL (GC) is Pockets. After talking to her at great length and her sharing all her success stories with me, I decided to start using her diet - as my gliders just did NOT like any of the others I was offering, other than Darcy's Diet.
My Vet didn't like the idea of the Darcy Diet because it is using Ensure, and although that would be good for a glider not of good health, he wasn't happy with using it on a healthy glider.
Debbie (Pockets) feeds PML. So I ordered the Wombaroo High Protein Supplement (WHPS) and thought I would give it a try. I asked her what else she fed and I ordered everything she suggested. A couple of the items were straight from Australia and they were a seed mix. I personally did not feel comfortable feeding that. Debbie also grows a lot of her own Australian Flora (or at least at the time she did, not sure if she still does) and offers that to her gliders as well.
I have a brown thumb, not a green one - so the flora was out for me... but I really liked the idea of using this powder, since it was created and used in Australia for years.
__The WHPS was originally created for flying foxes (bats) in Australia, however, over the years they also offered it to other animals/mammals that also consumed nectars.
So I did what Debbie had suggested over and over and she still does on the boards, and I consulted with my Vet on this diet. It was decided since they would get extra proteins from some of the things in the wild, to add an extra egg (Debbie only uses two), and to add some Bee pollen in it to add the extra nutrients, protein and natural calcium. Not to mention it needed no additional supplements.
It has been a wonderful ride for me. I have seen many gliders thrive while eating the Critter Love® Original diet. I love that they have no smell while on this diet and as a breeder, I constantly had large, healthy joeys born here in my home and have never lost a Joey due to mom having a lack of milk supply for her young.
With all that being said, I was still constantly trying to find ways to improve the diet as I feel there is always room for improvement in any field. We as humans do not have the right diet for us so I was sure that we were far from the perfect diet for them.
But it sure is rewarding to be able to continue the research and make simple changes when and where you can... which is how the Critter Love® Plus and Critter Love® Complete Diets came into existence...
(for Wombaroo High Protein Supplement powder only)
Whey protein, soy protein, ground cereals, maltodextrin, dextrose, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3, E, K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.