Are you considering bringing home a sugar glider? With their adorable little faces and unique personalities, they make great pets. One thing to know before you pick one up is that they’re active little animals.
They need plenty of space to jump around and get out their endless supply of energy. When you go shopping for sugar glider cages, it’s important that you choose one that’s large enough to accommodate them.
Size isn’t the only requirement. Keep reading to learn more about how to choose the right cage for your new pet along with a few steps for setting it up.
Your sugar glider will want to explore around your house but when they aren't out and about, they'll need to go in their cage. You can't just get a birdcage and call it a day. Sugar gliders have special requirements that you have to keep in mind.
Sugar gliders are nocturnal. They sleep most of the day but at night, they jump around and play with their toys. If the cage you get them is too small, they won't be able to play as effectively.
When it comes to cage size, bigger is always better. The standard size to look for is around 24 inches wide and 36 inches tall. You can go up from there if you want to but this size should work if you tend to take your glider out of the cage a lot to play with it.
If your bar spacing is too wide, your sugar glider may be able to slip through the cage or worst-case scenario, they might get stuck. One inch by half an inch bars should work fine.
If your crafty little sugar glider is able to slip out, you can put chicken wire around the cage. If you use this method make sure you either cover or bend any sharp ends so the little guy doesn't hurt itself.
Sugar gliders love to climb around. This is why you can't get any old birdcage for them. Bare wire cages will hurt their feet and toes.
Look for one that's powder-coated or made out of vinyl. Plexiglass cages work too if you don't mind it being covered in scratches.
Sugar gliders are incredibly smart little animals. If you don't have a secure lock on their cage they can and will figure out how to open it. You don't want your sugar glider to get out of the cage when you're not home, mainly for their own safety.
If they go into the bathroom and manage to get in the toilet they won't be able to pull themselves back out, for example.
Now that you've picked out your cage it's time to get it set up for your sugar glider. They need bedding, a nest pouch, toys, and food and water dishes. You'll need to pick out a good spot to put the cage too.
When it comes to bedding, choose something that is made for sugar gliders. If you get a material other than non-treated wood shavings, shredded newspapers, commercial sugar glider liners, or commercial sugar glider substrate, it may be toxic for them.
Furthermore, if you're going to go the newspaper route, use newspaper. Magazines won't work because the ink is toxic.
Sugar glider nest pouches or boxes will help them feel secure while they snooze the day away. You can't skip out on getting one of these nests. Especially if your pet is young.
Baby sugar gliders use the pouches as a source of warmth because it's hard for them to regulate their body temperature.
The plastic boxes are easy to clean in the event your sugar glider has an upset stomach. The pouches resemble the mother's pouch and can provide an extra bit of comfort to young gliders.
If you don't get your sugar glider toys of some kind they'll get bored and depressed. The best toys are the ones that they can climb on or jump from. Consider rope, branches, rings, and bells.
If you're choosing wooden toys stay away from toxic materials such as oak, cedar, red cherry, and plywood. Sugar gliders can get stuck in nylon rope material so make sure their rope is made of natural materials.
The larger the rings you get the better. You don't want your pet to get their head stuck.
Sugar gliders love heights. Get a water bottle and feeder that clips to the side of the cage and put it as high up as it can go.
You should buy water and food dishes that can sit at the bottom of the cage as a backup. It may take them a little while to learn how to use the water bottle.
Put the cage in a small, quiet part of your house. If you can put it on a table do so because again, sugar gliders love heights. Make sure that the room you put the cage in doesn't drop below 65-degrees.
If it's too cold your pet may get sick. If you want to warm up the cage, you can put a heat lamp next to it. If you do this, put it out of your sugar glider's reach.
Are you thinking about bringing a sugar glider home? They make great pets but they do have a list of requirements that you'll have to meet when choosing and setting up their cage.
Use these tips when you're looking at sugar glider cages to find one that your new pet will love living in.
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