I realize that some people get joeys on impulse or without planning. Then they would panic because they have not gotten anything ready for the new joey or glider. What do they do next? Some would follow what the staff at the pet shop would say, “Purchase a cage”…. ok…. you then thought of cage…. but size? Then what else is needed? Some end up buying hamster cages and coconut hides or bird nesting box for gliders to sleep in. Well, I’m sorry to say but if you have done this already, then you gotta fork out more money into providing a better lifestyle for your glider.
What do we need to have before we purchase a sugar glider?
You would need a large cage. Do not go for those 3 storey hamster cages. Those are just not good as there is not enough space for climbing and jumping around. A glider should have a spacious cage to live in.
This is a 18″ x 14″ x 36″H cage. Not very spacious, I would say this is ok for a single or a pair of gliders but you cannot cage them 24/7 in such a small cage. Give your gliders about 2 hours of free roaming time in your room but of course make sure you glider proof your room.
Now this cage is superb! Measuring at 28″ x 21″ x 51″H, it is pretty spacious for 2 gliders and can fit 4 comfortably. I actually have this cage with 4 gliders but my gliders get free time around my room, all but 2. Kinta is still a bit shy while Kimba is a total hyper and moody guy so letting these 2 around my room would be a handful. Kiah and Kapi are pretty good.
Choose a cage wisely. You are gonna be keeping your gliders for the next 10 years or more, so it is better to invest in a large cage. If you get a large cage from the start, then you don’t have to worry about the price of metal in the future. Metal prices are going up up up!
Next would be bowls. Now you can use either ceramic or stainless steel. I personally prefer stainless steel bowls than plastic hanging bowls because it is more hygienic and easier to clean. Ceramic bowls are good too but you can only place it at the bottom of the cage for if it falls from a height, it may hurt any glider that is under it or the bowl may break.
A stainless steel bowl. This is small so each glider should have 1 bowl.
Bigger than the stainless steel bowl, this can hold more food.
Try to get hold of this bottle. Critter Canteen, doesn’t leak and it is hygienic to use a bottle than leaving a bowl of water. If you can’t get this bottle, then try not to get those cheap bottles that cost RM6 or less as these bottles would leak. Invest a bit, and it would go a long way.
As for accessories, one can always search on the Net for SuggieStuf. Yes, you can Google to find out. SuggieStuf is made by a fellow glider owner which also happens to be one of my glider keeper friends, popularly known as KP online. She has her own website now http://suggiestuf.com
Above are the popular handmade sugar glider bonding pouch and sleeping pouch. The bonding pouch comes normally in black with a nylon mesh as a window for ventilation. The sleeping pouch is blue, and has no zipper but has 2 hooks for you to hand in your cage.
This is the cage set that KP makes. My gliders love sleeping in the tunnel and jumping about on the hammock. The pouches and cage stuff are all made from fleece and have been sewn in a way that it is safe for gliders. Please do not use other type of materials if you wish to DIY such things as towels or cloth that appear fuzzy can be a danger to your gliders as they have sharp nails that can get tangled in loose string. Fleece is a warm soft fabric that is washable and easy to maintain.
Try not to use wooden bird houses or coconuts as they are harder to wash and clean. Gliders musk and can cause staining, and it is hard to get rid of this stain if it soaks into wood. Another reason is that gliders tend to be protective over their sleeping place. It is hard to get a glider out of a coconut when it is scared, so this would cause some difficulties in training and taming. It is better to use a sleeping pouch.
Now this is a wheel that is best for gliders. Wodent Wheels! This is the Senior version, which is just the right size for gliders. It may be a bit pricey, around RM96 for one but it is safe for your glider and is a comfortable wheel that doesn’t hurt their backs. I have one, will be getting maybe another 1 or 2 more for my gliders. It is really fun to see a glider run in it’s wheel. It gives them great exercise, strengthens their muscles and it gives the glider something to do. In the wild, a glider can cover 7 acres of forest in 1 night.
Now what else should I mention? Bedding for the cage tray. Now don’t go and use wood shavings for hamsters. Firstly, it would just dirty your space as wood shavings are light and it can be messy. Use either newspaper or certain types of cat litter. Now if you use newspaper, you have to do a daily change to keep the environment clean and free from ants. If you use cat litter, it can last up to a week with minimal smell.
This is Breeder Celect. A cat litter that is made of recycled newspaper. Pelleted form, it is safe for both your pets and the environment. Use this to help Mother Nature.
An optional cage accessory would be having a glider kitchen. Some gliders may be messy eaters and I know, it is a chore to clean up those little bits of food that have been flung out of the cage by these little critters.
This is the LIving World Dome- medium size. This is perfect as a glider kitchen and it is only RM8.80 at Pet Shack. But if you are looking for a transparent one, then the best is DIY it yourself. I will do a post on DIY stuff for gliders later.
Picture credits go to Pet Shack and KP from suggiestuf.com
In a future post, I will touch on branches and ropes to use in your cages that are safe for your gliders.