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Sugar Glider Cage Information

A sugar glider cage should be a safe and comfortable home for your suggies.  Below are the basic requirements of a cage.  Soon, we would like to post cage reviews.  If you have a store-bought cage that you would like to submit a review for, please contact us.  We will also be posting instructions on how to make a sugar glider cage soon.

Cage Size

You will hear different opinions about minimum cage size from different people. A universally acceptable standard seems to be around 2.5-3 feet wide by 3 feet tall. This is the MINIMUM amount of space you should provide for your sugar glider(s). Here are a few points to remember:

  • Bigger is obviously better.
  • Taller is better than wider.
  • Sugar gliders like to jump and glide. They may be small, but they require a lot of exercise and need plenty of space to play.
  • Some states have minimum cage size requirements that are larger than the universally acceptable standard. We will try to post more information about this soon. Make sure your cage is large enough to meet the minimum requirements in your state.
  • The cages sold by Perfect Pocket Pets are too small. If you are currently using one of their cages, please buy or make your gliders a larger home and ditch their cage or use it as a travel cage.
  • Be sure to get a cage that will leave plenty of room to hang a pouch, have a food area (possibly with a glider kitchen), use a wheel, have a few toys, and still allow room to leap from side to side.

Cage Style

Sweet Sugar Gliders - Custom Sugar Glider CageSugar gliders need space to jump. Minimal or no shelves is optimal. Multi-level styles are not optimal. A better layout is to remove the shelves and accessorize it with branches, vines, ropes, and/or hanging toys. If you are going with a manufactured cage, many of the larger-style bird-cages are acceptable, if you can get the right wire spacing. It is important to make sure that all doors latch very securely. Gliders are very good at escaping. Get a style with a pull-out tray, to keep the gliders away from their waste. Keep in mind, gliders can reach a few inches with their hands, so if the pullout tray isn't deep enough, you may have a mess on your hands.

Cage Wire Spacing

The general consensus is that the wire spacing should be 1/2 inch in one direction and can range anywhere from 1 inch to 6 inches in the other direction. The longer dimension can run either up and down or side to side. That doesn't really matter. The important part is making sure the wires are no more than 1/2 inch apart in one direction. A sugar glider joey can squeeze through the bars if the spacing is even just a little bit wider (yes 5/8 inch is too wide). Most home-made cages use 1/2" x 1" spacing.

Cage Materials

There are a few acceptable materials for sugar glider cages and there are some unacceptable materials. Here are a few general rules of thumb:

  • If you are going to buy a cage or make a cage using wood, make sure that the wood is only for decorative purposes and is on the outside of the cage. If the gliders can get to the wood, not only will they chew on it, but they will also urinate on it and make your house smell horrible.
  • DO NOT buy or make a cage using galvanized steel. Urine causes a chemical reaction with the galvanized steel, which can cause urinary tract infections.
  • DO NOT use a cage made out of aluminum.
  • DO NOT make a cage out of hardware cloth.
  • If you are going to make a cage, PVC-coated wire is a very popular material to use. You may be able to find this at a local hardware store, feed store, or fence company. Otherwise, it can be purchased online. We were unable to find any wire locally. We searched online for several days before finally finding what we wanted. The best deal we found was at the Ace Hardware website. They offer free shipping to your local Ace Hardware store as well. Klubertanz' website is probably a close second.  Powder-coated wire is usually ok too.

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