Cage Info

The cage should be no smaller than 2’x 3’x 4’. The bars should be spaced no bigger than ½ an inch because they can squeeze through. Metal cages that have aluminum, zinc, paint, and coated galvanized steel are toxic. The recommended fabric that is safe for sugar gliders is fleece. Other fabrics such as cotton will unravel and injure them. Also make sure that the threads are not visible. Sugar glider nails tend to get caught in the holes and thread loops and can result in injury or self-mutilation. Many warehouses use formaldehyde and other chemicals to keep bugs and other pests off their products. Therefore, make sure to prewash all fabrics and toys prior to use. Be sure to toss any metal pieces such as rings, bells, clips, chains, etc. that start to form rust. If you have the time it is less expensive to just build your own cage using PVC cage for easy cleaning. The links tab has a list of sites of DIY PVC cages to give you some ideas.DIY sugar glider pvc cage

Toys

Baby toys are the safest because they are not toxic. Make sure any toys they have they can’t get stuck in or hurt on and don’t have any stickers on them. Many wooden bird and rodent toys are toxic so make sure to check to see if it is an approved wood type and that it isn’t painted or dyed. Many cat toys have catnip in them which is also toxic to sugar gliders.
The 12” stealth wheel is a safe and quiet wheel to use in the cage. They come in various mounts but I prefer the X-mount because it is more stable and PVC cage friendly.

sugar glider wheel

sugar glider wheel

Cleaning
DO NOT WASH YOUR GLIDER!!! Sugar gliders are similar to cats in that they clean and groom themselves. Their back feet have 2 toes fused together that they use for grooming. If your glider gets wet you risk them catching pneumonia and dying.
The best way to clean their toys and cage is with a washcloth using vinegar or soap. You can wash their fleece cage sets in the washer using detergent. Don’t use fabric softener/conditioner because the smell is too overpowering and can make them sick. (The same goes for other household smells such as cleaning supplies, candles, perfume/cologne, etc.)
The trays should be cleaned on a daily basis. The cage itself is best cleaned using vinegar or clorox (be sure to rinse it a few extra times afterwards to reduce the smell of the bleach) and should be cleaned at least once a month.