My name is Elizabeth and I am speaking on
behalf of Expert Village. We are going to talk about cage accessories for sugar gliders
today. The cage accessories that are absolutely required for every sugar glider cage would
be a water bottle (they will urinate and defecate in their water bowls if you provide a bowl
for them and these guys are also not good swimmers and the other option is they could
drown). They also need to have some place to sleep. They normally live in trees (in
little holes inside of them) so they need to have a place to escape light completely
so either a soft pouch like this where they can crawl into or you can also use… oh,
some people use wood boxes. I don’t really recommend them because they tend to pick up
urine smells and they are very hard to keep clean whereas if you take a cloth bag they
can just be thrown in the washing machine. You can also use plastic boxes or even cardboard
boxes and just allow for a fleece lining inside. If you are going to use any sort of cloth
material inside of these cages, you want to stay away from anything other than fleece.
The reason that fleece is safe for these guys is it doesn’t have the ability to unravel
so it doesn’t get stuck around their toes and then cut off circulation. The other things
that are important to have in these cages are two to three food bowls for wet food,
dry food, and insects. You are also going to want some natural tree branches. Most fruit
trees are non-toxic, but you can ask your local gardener what sorts of plants around
your area happen to be non-toxic and then gather them and put them in the cage for these
guys to wear down their nails. They also like to strip the bark off of a lot of these branches.
It is a natural behavior they have in the wild when they are looking for insects. The
last and very important thing is to get a wheel for these guys. Again, they are very
active and they need to spend a lot of time burning off this energy. Most gliders that
I know really enjoy running on these things. The wire ones are generally not safe for these
guys because they can get their tails, their very long tails, stuck in them, but you can
use… this is called the Wodent wheel or there is something also called a stealth wheel.
There are some also from some of the pet stores that you can get that don’t have any holes
in them or rungs that are metal that the animal can get caught on and that about covers the
necessary accessories for your sugar glider cage.