An appropriate new habitat is always an essential element in proper management of a new pet, especially for those adopted pets that originated from the wild, such as a sugar glider. Most wild animals, even the smaller ones, are just like your sugar glider — they can be quite territorial. Considering that you will need to have a specific plan for your best sugar glider cage. You will need to make sure that your soon to be pet’s new habitat will be comfortable and enticing enough so that your pet will remain satisfied and happy throughout its existence in its cage.
Some Quick Facts About Sugar Gliders
Before you head on to plan about your pet’s enclosure, it may interest you to know some of the most unusual things about your little furry friend.
Sugar gliders are small marsupial (a mammal that is incompletely developed when born and is carried and suckled inside a pouch, such as a kangaroo and a koala). These furry little animals come naturally inhabits the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia.
They are called by the name because they have a love for anything sweet, such as fruits and vegetables. The second part of the name comes from the animal’s ability to glide, thanks to a gliding membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles.
Domesticated sugar gliders if provided the proper care that they need can live from 12 to 15 years.
Gliders should not be given chocolate, avocado, onions, and spices. Anything processed won’t be healthy for them as well. It will be best to stick to natural food for their diet instead.
Building An Appropriate Sugar Glider Cage
Just like any other pet, you will need to provide the right environment for your pet. And just most animals sugar gliders are territorial. As such, it is essential that you have already prepared an enclosure for your new pet even before you bring the glider home. Make sure, however, that it’s not just anything that you picked in your garage or storage room. You need to build a space that your sugar glider will have been playing in or resting its head on.
You have the option to buy a fabricated cage or just find the right materials to use and build your glider’s new habitat. The best thing about building over buying is the fact that you can create a customized space that your new pet will enjoy for years to come. It may cost more, but in the end, you’ll get to enjoy the process and you’ll get to provide the right space for your pet just as you would like it to look.
Materials to use for your pet’s cage
Standard materials that you can use for your pet glider’s cage is a PVC or vinyl-coated wire ( ½ inch by 1 inch 16-gauge wire). Chicken wires won’t be safe for gliders as well as hardware cloth. Hardware cloth is made of galvanized material and as your pet’s urine will interact with the galvanized material, this chemical reaction will create a white powdery residue that irritates sugar gliders. Wood is also not safe for gliders as it holds urine scent. That means it will be quite easy for your pet’s cage to stink if you have wood materials added to your glider’s enclosure, so don’t use it.
When looking for the right materials for your pet’s cage, consider the universally accepted standard for a minimum cage size that is 3 feet high and between 2.5 to 3 feet wide. If you want the cage to be bigger, you’d have to be his is a minimum suggestion and as you go larger, the goal should be to go higher rather than wider. Before you proceed, however, you may need to check out with concerned state wildlife commission for any related requirements that you may need to consider when building a cage for your sugar glider.
You can help your pet to navigate well inside its cage when you have built a properly made cage.
One that has a bar spacing needs to be 1/2 inch in only one direction. Cage with tighter mesh might make it quite easy to get stuck in portions of the cage. With one that has bigger spaces, smaller gliders may find a way to get out of the cage, however. Just make sure that your pet will feel comfortable while inside the cage. Remember that anything that can create stress for your pet will affect the quality of your pet’s health.
Other things that you will need to add in the cage are climbing items like branches, vines, and ropes. Put in things that are safe but will make them curious and create activity while they are inside the cage. Engaging in more activities will make them healthier and a lot happier. Remember that your pet loves to jump, so its best that you keep the enclosure wide open from top to bottom. There is no need to create levels Just add the small branches and other stimulating items to keep your pet busy.
So that’s it. This is your simple guide in building an appropriate cage for your sugar glider.