How to look after a Sugar Glider

Written by Corrine Bray

Owner & Founder of Corks Critter Care

December 18, 2022

 

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When considering a pet, many people choose a sugar glider. These small marsupials are active, social, and require special care to ensure they stay happy and healthy. With the right environment and attention, sugar gliders can be wonderful companions. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of sugar glider care and give you the insight you need for a successful pet-owner relationship. From diet to habitat, we will cover all of the essentials for keeping your sugar glider happy and healthy.

1. Provide a suitable cage in a quiet environment

The first step in looking after your sugar glider is providing them with a suitable cage. It’s important to choose a cage that is large enough for your sugar glider to move around in, as they can become stressed if they don’t have enough space. The cage should also be located in a quiet environment, away from any loud noises or potential predators. Make sure to provide suitable bedding, perches, toys, and nesting materials. Finally, keep the cage clean and regularly change the bedding to ensure your sugar glider is comfortable.

2. Ensure adequate ventilation and temperature

Sugar gliders need a warm, humid environment to thrive. Make sure to provide adequate ventilation in their enclosure to prevent the buildup of toxic gases. An ideal temperature range for sugar gliders is between 18°C and 25°C. If the cage is placed too close to a window, or in direct sunlight, it can become too hot and cause health issues. It is also important to check regularly for drafts or cold spots. A ceramic heat lamp is recommended if you need to provide additional heat.

3. Provide a varied and nutritious diet

A varied and nutritious diet is essential for your sugar glider’s health and well-being. A good diet should consist of a combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, and glider-safe insects. The proteins can come from boiled eggs, cooked meat, or specially formulated glider food. Fruits and vegetables should be washed and cut up into small pieces, and should make up at least half of the diet. Insects are a great source of protein, and can include crickets, mealworms, and wax worms. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure the insects you are feeding are safe. Lastly, gliders require fresh, clean water at all times.

4. Provide toys, perches, and branches for exercise

To help your Sugar Glider stay active and healthy, it is important to provide them with plenty of toys, perches, and branches. Toys can range from simple items like ladders or ropes to more complex ones like bird swings. These items will help them to stay active and can help to mimic the natural environment they would experience in the wild. Perches should be placed at different heights throughout the cage, as this will give your Sugar Glider the opportunity to climb. Branches should also be placed around the cage as places for your Sugar Glider to climb and exercise.

5. Handle your Sugar Glider regularly

One of the most important aspects of looking after a sugar glider is handling them regularly. Make sure to handle your sugar glider at least once a day to ensure that they are comfortable being held. This will also help you to form a stronger bond with them, and it will also keep them from getting too lonely. Make sure to handle your sugar glider gently and securely, using two hands for extra support. Keep in mind that sugar gliders can move quickly and may try to jump out of your hands, so be careful.

6. Clean the cage regularly

6. Clean the cage regularly. Sugar gliders are very tidy animals, so you need to keep their cage clean and hygienic. Clean the cage at least once a week, and spot-clean any messes daily. Start by removing all bedding, toys, and dishes, and wiping the cage down with an animal-friendly disinfectant. Replace all the bedding, toys, and dishes before putting the glider back in the cage.

7. Monitor health and seek veterinary help when needed

As with any pet, it’s important to monitor the health of your sugar glider and take them to the vet when needed. Be sure to keep an eye out for any sudden changes in behavior, such as lethargy or loss of appetite, as these can be signs of illness or injury. Make sure to provide your sugar glider with a healthy diet, good hygiene, and regular exercise. Additionally, make sure to keep the cage clean and provide your sugar glider with fresh water and food daily. If you start to notice any changes in your sugar glider’s behavior, it’s important to seek veterinary help as soon as possible to ensure that your sugar glider stays healthy and happy.

8. Bond with your Sugar Glider by spending time with them daily

Bonding with your sugar glider is a crucial part of having a healthy relationship with your pet. This is best done through spending time with them daily. Even if it’s just a few minutes of your day, it’s important to give them the attention they need. Make sure to handle your sugar glider regularly, allowing them to explore your hands and arms and become more comfortable with you. Make sure to also talk to them and give them positive reinforcement when they do something you like. This will help them understand that you are a source of love and safety, and you will have a better chance of taming them.

In conclusion, caring for a sugar glider requires a lot of commitment and dedication. It is important to provide adequate nutrition, shelter, mental stimulation and companionship. Additionally, regular vet visits, as well as proper hygiene and socialization techniques, are essential for keeping your pet healthy and happy. With the right care, your sugar glider can become a beloved, lifelong companion.

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