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Supply Checklist Before Taking Your New Sugar Glider Home

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  • Cage
  • Exercise wheel
  • Food dishes
  • Wate bottles and water bowls
  • Nest pouch / Nest box
  • Toys
  • Cage accessories
  • Bedding / Cage liners
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Nail Trimmer
  • Food
  • Vitamins
  • Treats
  • Bonding pouch
  • Travel carrier
  • Exotic veterinarian address and contact information

 

CAGE

Because sugar gliders prefer to climb and jump, the amount of vertical space is most important when considering cage options for your sugar glider. The minimum cage size for a pair of sugar gliders is 24 inches deep by 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall. Larger is always better, choose the largest cage that you can afford and that comfortably fits in your home. This will also save you money down the road if you decide to get more gliders, you will have the space for them instead of having to purchase yet another cage. The spacing of the wire should be no more than 1/2 inch. The direction of the bars, vertical or horizontal, is not a concern. Sugar gliders are extremely skilled climbers and have absolutely no problem at all climbing up, down and around on vertical wires. View our Cage Department for high-quality sugar glider cages. Related info articles: Suggested Cage RequirementsCage FinishesComparison of Exotic Nutrition's 10+ Cages.

EXERCISE WHEEL

An exercise wheel, if introduced to young gliders, may be a big hit and allow lots of opportunity for exercise. A larger wheel, with a solid surface is best (we suggest the Silent Runner 12 inch), so that legs and tails do not get caught. Some people also use the clear running balls (kritter krawlers) that you can put your pet in to let them get exercise outside the cage.


FOOD DISHES

Stainless steel dishes that hang on the side of the cage are one of the best options. They are sanitary, plus bolt-on to allow easy installation/removal between feedings. The dish can be fairly small, gliders don't need but so much food so a smaller dish helps with portion control. Plus, it will make it harder for the glider to climb on top or inside and soil the food (unfortunuately this is common). Water can be provided in a glass bottle, but if the gliders are not trained to a water bottle, provide another clip on dish for water until you are sure your gliders are taking water from the bottle consistently.

NEST POUCH / NEST BOX

Your sugar gliders will be spending 13-19 hours per day sleeping. It is great to have multiple nest pouches in your glider's cage, to give them different areas to sleep. Having multiple nest pouches is also helpful for washing, so your sugar gliders wil still be able to sleep when you are rotating a pouch out to wash it. Although a group of sugar gliders will sleep together in the same nest pouch 99% of the time, it is good to give them another pouch option, so they are not forced together in the times they want space. You will want nest pouch with metal hanging clips, not plastic that can be chewed. Nest pouches also help with the bonding process as you can remove the pouch from the cage, with sugar gliders inside, and let the pouch rest on your lap. Nest Boxes are also another option as a sleeping area. These are wooden boxes you can mount on the cage and fill with scraps of fleece, Cozy Cotton Nesting Material, or even put a pouch inside. View our Nest Pouch department to see all options.

TOYS

Sugar Gliders are very interactive animals. They should have enough toys in their cage to promote interest, curiosity, and movement. Rearrange the cage often. The simplest way to enliven your pet's surroundings is to continually rearrange the toys and accessories within his cage. And the easiest time to rearrange his cage is when you clean it. It can be as simple as moving a shelf to the other side of the cage, or as complex as a complete rearrangement of everything inside your pet's home.
CAGE ACCESSORIES

BEDDING / CAGE LINERS

Cage liners are a quick and convenient way to clean up messes that fall to the bottom of the cage, including spilled food, feces and other excretions. Another option is bedding like a layer of shavings (never cedar; we suggest 'Carefresh Bedding') in the bottom of the cage that will help absorb wastes, and should be cleaned out once or twice a week (more often if needed, depending on how many you have).

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Cage sanitation is an important responsibilty that comes with owning an exotic pet. Sugar gliders can be messy, smelly critters but with proper care and regular cage cleanings you can minimize these things. We recommend spot cleaning everyday by removing dirty dishes, changing out the cage liner, and wiping any particularly large spots of feces. A more thorough cleaning should be done about once per week by taking out accessories like the exercise wheel to clean and wiping down the bars with a cleaner like Kage Kleen. If your cage has wheels, it is good to do a deep cleaning a few times per year by wheeling it outside and spraying it down with a hose or pressure washer.  Sugar Glider Odor Control

NAIL TRIMMER

Trimming Your Sugar Glider's Nails.

FOOD

There are many opinions on which foods are best for sugar gliders. Out of the many sugar glider foods available from Exotic Nutrition, Glider Complete is the most popular. Glider Complete is veterinarian approved, and is called “complete” because it includes protein, fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals. Glider Complete is a high animal-protein pellet fortified with vitamins, then mixed with 8 varieties of human-grade, dried fruit chunks. This is the simplest and most economical way to give your gliders exactly what they need to thrive. Read more about our recommendations for sugar glider food

VITAMINS

If you plan to make the 'Variety' part of your sugar glider's diet more than 25% of their daily intake, we recommend adding Glider Booster multivitamin and Glider-Cal calcium supplement to that diet. Additional vitamins and supplements are not neccessary if you are feeding only Glider Complete because it is already fortified with vitamins and minerals. Exotic Nutrition's boosters are multivitamin supplements that ensure your pets are getting the nutrients they need to thrive, boosters fill any nutritional voids in a pet's diet. When adding live mealworms to your Sugar Glider's diet, it is strongly suggested to add a 'no-phosphorus' calcium supplement to the food, such as Glider-Cal. Live mealworms are high in phosphorus which partially blocks calcium absorption, a 'no-phosphorus' calcium supplement such as Glider-Cal will compensate for the loss of absorption.

TREATS

Healthy treats have several benefits for both pets and pet owners. Treats can lend variety to an otherwise monotonous diet and add behavioral enrichment for animals that spend their lives in a small, limited environment. Most importantly, treats form a connection between pets and pet owners. Options for treats can be vegetables, nectars, fruits, acacia gum, insects, gums, pollen, worms, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, sugar beet, honeydew, sugar cane, and eucalyptus branches, powder, and leaves. As stated before, diversity is key, and these are all things gliders feed on in the wild. Offer treats 2-3 times per week or as a small portion (less than 10%) of the main diet. Treats may lead to health issues like obesity when overfed. If your pet is not consuming its regular balanced diet, withhold serving treats until stable eating habits resume.

BONDING POUCH

Carry bonding pouches are extremely useful in helping with the bonding process. These are similar to nest pouches in the way that they provide a warm, comfortable place for a glider to relax, but they also have a zippered closure to keep a glider secure inside and a strap to carry around on a person. They are a safe and convenient way to spend time with your glider all day while they stay asleep in the pouch. Just walk around doing regular activities and your glider will get used to your smell of you and the sound of your voice. Read more tips on bonding with your sugar glider.

TRAVEL CARRIER

Trip to the Vet? Going away for the weekend? Just cleaning the cage? Travel carriers or temporary cages are a necessity for all these activties. See all of our carriers

EXOTIC VETERINARIAN ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Before welcoming your glider into your home, prepare ahead of time by finding a reputable exotic pet veterinarian. You can get recommendations from your breeder, another local glider owner, or by calling vets in your area. 

Extra Supplies

  • Moonlight lighting system
  • Fruit fly traps
  • Elimina odor remover

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