Caring for a Sugar Glider

Are you considering adopting a sugar glider? These little furballs make great animal companions! A local Simi Valley, CA vet discusses sugar glider care below.


We recommend getting two sugar gliders, as these cute pets get sad and lonely without any friends. A same sex pair is the best option.


You’ll need to provide your tiny pals with a comfy cage. For a single pair, you’ll need a cage that is at least 3’ x 2’, but get the biggest one you can. Be sure the bars are less than a half-inch apart, so your pets can’t get stuck. Choose a cage with a solid bottom, as wire bottoms can be dangerous. A mesh cage is wonderful, as it allows your pets to climb.


Once you have the cage picked out, you’ll need to add a good liner, like newspaper or butcher paper. Your tiny pets will also need pouches and nesting boxes to snuggle up in, as well as dishes, a water bottle, and plenty of fun toys to play with. Certain bird toys and kitty toys are fine. Sugar gliders also like branches and perches. Ask your vet for more information.


Sugar gliders have very specific nutritional needs. You won’t be able to just pop open a can of food. You’ll need to make your cute buddies their meals, which should include lots of fresh produce, as well as a commercial pellet food. Orange juice and honeydew may also be recommended. You’ll need to make sure your pets get plenty of calcium. For snacks, your furry friends can have pine nuts, yogurt drops, mealworms, dried coconut or papaya, or fresh fruit. Ask your vet for nutritional advice, including serving sizes and safe and unsafe foods.

Veterinary Care

Your pint-sized pals should be examined by a vet at least once a year. You’ll also want to learn about common signs of illness, such as obesity and constipation. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.


It may take a little time for your pets to get used to you, and learn to trust you. However, once they feel safe and comfortable with their owners, these tiny furballs can become very cuddly! Spend lots of time with your adorable buddies.

Do you have any questions about sugar glider care? Contact us, your local Simi Valley, CA animal clinic, today!

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