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Caring for a Sugar Glider

Are you looking for a small but unique pet? A sugar glider may be a good option for you. These sweet little animals are quite gentle, and they are super cute! Playful and friendly, sugar gliders can live up to 12 years in captivity, if they are cared for properly. Caring for a sugar glider isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is more involved and very different than caring for a dog or cat. In this article, your local Centennial Hills veterinarian discusses caring for sugar gliders.

Basics

Sugar gliders are very sociable, and enjoy having buddies. You can keep sugar gliders together, though they should be introduced while they are young. Males should be neutered if they are to be kept with other males. Spaying can be dangerous, so it is generally recommended that females remain intact. One thing that it is very important to know is that sugar gliders are nocturnal. Therefore, unless you are a night owl yourself, you should probably avoid keeping your sugar glider in your bedroom. Otherwise your pet may keep you awake!

Habitat

Sugar gliders should have a cage that is, at the very least, two square feet wide, two square feet long, and three feet high. This size is a bare minimum, however, so get your pet the largest cage you can. Height is more important than length or width, so try to get a taller cage. Make sure to add plenty of climbing options, such as ropes, ladders, and branches. Exercise wheels are also very popular with these little ones. Be sure to choose one with a solid bottom. You’ll want to add a layer of shavings to the bottom. Your little furball will also need a nest box.

Diet

We recommend doing some research on this topic, as sugar gliders have some very specific dietary needs. That said, you may be able to find commercial sugar glider food in a pet store. If not, you can feed your pet small portions of cooked, unseasoned chicken. Mealworms and crickets are also suitable. Additionally, give the little one small amounts of fresh fruits and veggies daily. Making sure your glider has the right amount of calcium is very important!

Do you have questions about caring for sugar gliders? Call us! As your local Centennial Hills veterinary clinic, we are here to serve all of your pet care needs.

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