Things to Know | Things to Do | Things to Buy
THINGS TO KNOW
You need to know what vet you want to use. You can choose from the vet database, but your best bet is to ask around for reviews from other glider owners. If there isn’t an experience exotics vet near you, some vets are willing to learn. A good resource for such vets is Sugar Glider Vet Info. You also want to have a back-up vet, and an emergency vet that is open nights and weekends. Also, avoid any vets that get information from ASGV (Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians). They promote the diets and practices common of mill brokers.
You need to know, if you’re getting a male joey, if you’ll be responsible for the neuter. If so, make sure you know what to do after the neuter.
You need to know what you will do in the case that you need to go on vacation and can’t take your gliders with you. Who will watch them?
You need to know that, no matter how wonderful of a breeder you choose, your new glider will need a day or two to his or herself to recollect. You’ve just taken away everything they know – they’re going to need to get used to their new home, and realize that it is a safe place.
You need to know to know to ignore any videos or information by Pocket Pets, ASGV, MyNASGA or MyNASBA.
You need to know where to go when you have a question. TSGA has our own forum, The Glider Adventures. If you are wondering about the general care of a glider, GliderCENTRAL is a good place to start. If Facebook is more your thing, you could try Sugar Glideritis. If you’re looking for specific health advice, The Sweet Spot is a great resource. If you want to know what breeders and vendors to avoid, Laurie’s Glider Gazette leaves no stone unturned.
THINGS TO DO
You need to find a reputable breeder or rescue. Here is a map of breeders and a map of rescues. Make sure to do your research before committing to a breeder or rescue, as there have been bad situations within the community before.
You need to have a safe and secure area for your sugar glider cage if you have other pets or young children. Despite what some mill brokers say, sugar gliders should not be introduced to other species. There are multiple tragedies to illustrate why.
You need to create a glider safe area for play time. If you don’t want to buy a tent, you can glider proof your bathroom. Here is a good guide on how to gliderproof.
THINGS TO BUY
You need a cage. I highly recommend this cage or this cage. They are sturdy, affordable, and Suncoast has good customer service. There are plenty of cages on eBay, too – just be sure to get a wrought iron or powder coated wires, no more than 1/2″ spacing, and at least 24″ x 24″ x 36″.
You need a wheel. We sell both the Raptor Wheel and the Custom Cruiser.
You need at least two cage sets and a bonding pouch. We sell premade cage sets, but in the instance of us not having any listed, we highly recommend Sara’s Sugar Seeds, Sugar Combs, and Dayton Gliders.
You need the basics for the diet of your choice.
You need an e-kit. We recommend this kit.