November 11, 2020

Sugar gliders are exotic pets that are popular due to their appearance, small size, as well as their uniqueness. This is the type of pet that you need to dedicate time as well as have the appropriate amount of space in your home for them. 

If you're considering the adoption of a pet sugar glider, then there are quite a few things you need to know before welcoming this cute little animal into your home.

Getting a sugar glider as a pet will take a lot of your dedication as they require many special things within their diet, they need lots of attention and lots of space.  

Keep reading for our ultimate guide on how to care for a pet sugar glider. 

Behavior and Temperament 

One thing that you should know about sugar gliders before adopting one is that their behavior and temperament can be very unique. They are very playful and endearing pets and can create a bond with the humans that are normally around them. 

On the other hand, if you plan to own more than one sugar glider then they will also bond with each other. It is important for them to create bonds within their colony but it is also important for them to create a bond with their humans. You will want to make sure that you have time to devote to playing with your sugar glider and creating a bond with it because this way they will be friendly towards you. 

Another important thing that you should know is that sugar gliders are nocturnal. This means that they will generally want to spend the entire day sleeping and then get very active at night time. 

Sugar gliders are also very vocal and their sounds can let you know when they need something. Their sounds can tell you when they are hungry, frightened, or upset. You may even catch them barking like a dog at nighttime. 

During the Day

Sugar gliders will spend most of their day sleeping but you can still interact with them. Purchasing a pouch that you can wear around your neck is a great way to create a bond with your sugar glider. 

They love being warm so you can tuck them inside your jacket or sweatshirt for the day and they can ride around with you. This is a good way for them to learn your scent and bond with you more. Sugar gliders can be very cuddly animals the more time and attention you give to them. 

Sugar gliders do have sharp teeth and nails that they use when they are afraid or feel threatened. They are not normally aggressive pets but it does take time and patience for your sugar glider to warm up to you and your family. 

Sugar Glider Cage

When it comes to getting a home for your sugar glider bigger is always better. Sugar gliders can glide all-around a cage so you will want to focus on height rather than the floor space of your sugar glider cage. A cage that is 24 inches wide and deep but 36 inches tall is a great space for two sugar gliders. 

Your sugar glider will also need lots of toys and exercise equipment within their cage so they're able to entertain themselves. They will climb on the edges of the cages but they also love ropes, swings, or even balls in their cage to play with. 

When it comes to an exercise wheel for your sugar glider you will want to make sure that it is closed so their tail doesn't get caught. Sugar gliders are very active creatures and will constantly be wanting to do something. 

The bottom of the cage should be lined with aspen or fir shavings that should be cleaned at least once a week. Sugar gliders can get serious diseases because of unsanitary conditions so make sure you keep up with cleaning their cage. 

The cage should not be too close to a window because direct sunlight can be bad for sugar gliders. You should keep them in a room that isn't too cold either because that could lead to hypothermia. The ideal temperature for sugar gliders is 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Hydrating Your Sugar Glider

Dehydration can be detrimental to sugar gliders so you will want to make sure that yours has access to plenty of water.

For the first few weeks, it may be difficult for your sugar glider to adjust to their cage and drink from their water bottle. The best way to combat this is by placing an additional cup of water near their food so they know when to drink from it. 

You can also add a little bit of Pedialyte or Gatorade to their water so you know that they're getting the fluids that they need. 

Food and Treats

When it comes to feeding your sugar glider there are many things that you need to know as they have a very strict diet. Sugar gliders are omnivorous meaning that they will eat fruits and plants as well as meats. 

In your home, you should be feeding your sugar glider honey, calcium powder, or even baby cereal to keep up with their proper nutrition. They also love fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get the right kind of sugar glider chow for your pet!

You should create a dining room for your sugar gliders that will house all of their food and feed them every single night as that is when they want to eat. Fresh apples are a great way to keep your sugar glider hydrated and happy.

There are also a few sugar glider treats that you can give to your pet. They especially love sweet treats!

Your Sugar Glider Is Apart of the Family

Adopting a sugar glider is going to be a huge commitment for you and your family. They're a lot of work but they can fit into your family very well. 

Make sure that each member of your family has the time to bond with your sugar glider so it will be friendly. Sugar gliders love to play and they're fun to watch run around. 

If you're looking for more tips and tricks to caring for your sugar glider, then check out some of the helpful videos we have. You should also bookmark our page so you can come back and buy all of your sugar glider essentials.