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Sugar Glider

Information for happy, healthy sugar gliders!

A Proper Setup!

 Sugar Gliders need a proper home in order for them to thrive and be happy.  Most glider owners use large bird cages. The cage should be no smaller than 2'w x 2'l x 3'h. Bigger is better! Bar spacing should be no larger than 1/2" otherwise you run the risk of your gliders escaping. I use the HQ flight cages. Any small doors should be zip tied. Sugar gliders are intelligent and can figure out how to slide open these doors! Do NOT use galvanized wire. The cages should be pvc or powder coated. Galvanized wire can have a reaction to their urine, running a risk of urinary tract infections (UTI). Some glider owners will hang a large piece of fleece or a clear plastic shower curtain on the walls since gliders can be messy eaters. Your walls will thank you! Most bird cages have a slide out tray underneath making cage cleaning a LOT easier! You can line these with newspaper or CareFresh bedding.  Do NOT use pine bedding. It is toxic to sugar gliders. Cat litter is also a NO NO! The dust from this can cause breathing problems.

Sugar gliders need a place to curl up and sleep during the day. A cage pouch is the best. Most are made from fleece. It will keep them warm and cuddly and their nails do not snag on fleece. By far the best material for them. If you use a wooden nest box, line it with fleece. Wood does soak up urine and other bad odors however.

Sugar gliders LOVE toys!! Things they can hang on, jump from, is also good exercise for them. Some hanging bird toys are good. In my links section are some web sites that sell glider safe toys and other cage accessories. Some suggestions: Barrel of Monkeys, baby links, manzanita perches, swings, hammocks, plastic vines (no wire), hollowed out coconuts and ladders.  A wheel is an absolute MUST! Wodent Wheels, Silent Spinners and Stealth Wheels are the safest. Hamster wheels are not safe since a gliders legs and tail can fall through the spaces and can hurt themselves.

Toys and things to avoid: Catnip (toxic), small jingle bells (liberty and/or cow bells are safer), carboard paper towel rolls (they can get stuck inside them),  tiny plastic pony beads (choking hazard). Check all of your gliders' toys and pouches daily and replace anything worn out and unsafe. Also do a check on the cage itself. Rusting wires is bad, broken bars is an escape possibility. Worn out door locks should also be repaired or replaced.

Below are some photos of my gliders' cages and some of the things inside them. A busy, happy glider is better than a lonely, bored glider!



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