How to Own and Care for Sugar Gliders

sugar-glidersSugar gliders are basically the most extraordinary pets. They are exotic pets that belong to family marsupials. Sugar gliders have become one of the most common pets because they are sweet, cuddly and very social. Sugar gliders and very vocal and loud and bark as loud as a small dog. A sugar glider can be your companion for a very long time since they have a life expectancy of up to 15 years. Sugar gliders are very passionate and mostly after your heart. They, therefore require a lot of love and affection from the owner.

Are you looking to own a sugar glider? Read through this article to understand their traits and needs.

Housing Needs

With their high ability to spread their legs and glide through the air, sugar gliders need a nice, wide and tall cage. The minimum size for a sugar gliders’ cage should be 24 by 24 by 36 inches for a pair of gliders. Ensure that the cage wire does not exceed ½ inch in width to avoid the sugar glider from falling in between the wires. If you can get an extra room, it is better to build a taller and bigger cage. Avoid galvanized steel because it causes urinary tract infections after rust.

 You can fit your cage with some harmless toys such as hanging food dishes, plastic toys and toys to replicate their natural habitat. Place the cage on a large tray that is lined with bedding. The bedding is used to absorb waste and stray food. Avoid using a block of wood as bedding because it is too hard on sugar gliders’ respiratory systems.

Dietary Needs

glidersSugar gliders are omnivores, so they require a balanced diet. Sugar gliders require specialized diets with calcium and phosphorus. Feed your sugar glider with a portion of fresh fruits and vegetables every day or vary the choice each day. Sugar gliders require an equal amount of protein. Ensure that proteins are at least 50% of their daily diet. You can buy the proteins from your local grocery or feed it with mealworms, crickets, boiled eggs or chicken.

Environmental Needs

Being nocturnal, they stay active at night and sleep during the day thus need a relatively quiet environment. Avoid aerosol sprays and insecticides near the cage and their play areas. Sugar gliders require a temperature controlled environment with an average temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and out of direct sunlight

Bonding

Bonding and socializing is a crucial part of owning a sugar glider. The initial bonding might be time-consuming depending on the glider’s personality and willingness to accept human companion. Patience is the most important part of the bonding process. Give the sugar glider a lot of time to bond and learn how to interact with you. The bonding process is what makes your sugar glider come to the side of the cage and bark for your attention.

It is an excellent idea to do a comprehensive research on the pet you want to keep. Sugar gliders pets are easy to care for and are extremely sociable creatures as long as you provide them the attention they need. The happiness and fulfillment to be gained by owning a sugar glider are plenty. A sugar glider is a perfect pet and addition to your family from their lovable presence.