Sugar glider cages, supplies, and food discussed

Sugar Glider Cages

Sugar glider cages come in wooden and metal form.

If you have just found a new sugar glider to keep as a pet in your home, you’ll be needing a place to house your new pet.  Sugar glider cages are a very important purchase, and your decision on which cage is best for your pet isn’t a decision you should make quickly.  Sugar gliders have special requirements for care, as they are exotic animals.  As with any exotic animals, their rarity and special needs will mean a larger commitment from you, to keep your pet healthy and happy.  So there are a few things you should consider, before buying any sugar glider cages.

One of the first and foremost points is size.  A sugar glider requires a lot of room to move around to get the appropriate amount of exercise.  Tall cages are a good place to start.  Width isn’t as important as height, because one of the major activities of any sugar glider, is hopping.  Sugar gliders get their name from the way that they can hop and glide on the air, so hopping room is essential.  So any sugar glider cages should be quite tall.

For ease of use and cage maintenance, sugar glider cages that rest on legs or that have slide out trays for cage cleaning, are best.  The cage will need to be cleaned often to clear out droppings and urine, otherwise you risk your pet getting an infection from waste buildup.   A cage that has legs, instead of sitting firmly on the ground will be easier, as you can store a makeshift waste tray underneath.  That way cleaning any droppings will be easier, as they’ll fall right through the cage onto the tray.   There are also cages specifically designed to function this way, though they will cost more.  But waste management is an important aspect of any sugar glider cages, and should factor greatly into which cage you choose.

There are also two main frame types for sugar gliders.  Most cages feature either wooden or metal frames.  Wood can be risky as any urine that lands on the wood can seep into the frame, and create an unsafe environment.  Also some sugar gliders are tempted to gnaw on wood, so over time they could end up permanently damaging the cage, or boring a hole that they can use to escape.  A metal frame is usually best, and the safest way to maintain your pet.  Metal sugar glider cages are less likely to be broken, or suffer any sort of structural damage at the hands of your pet.

Finally, there are two more factors you should check out before making a final cage decision.  Sugar glider cages should have small enough bars or mesh so that the animals can’t easily fit through.  Sugar gliders can be quite small, so check on this beforehand.  Also make sure that the cage features a complicated latch system.  Sugar gliders are very intelligent, and can figure out how to open an easier latch, so be sure this can’t happen, when cage shopping.