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Mar 14 2017
04:16:49 PM
Hello Everyone!

This is my first time posting on this forum but here is my question.

I have not yet got any Sugargliders but I am very keen on finding information about them and making sure I can do what's best for them. I would like to keep their cage in my bedroom and make my bedroom Glider proof as I also have my PC in my room which I use quite a bit, so if I can just have them out while using my computer then this would be great as I get to spend time with them as well as being able to do my usual things.

So I have a few questions about proofing my room to be safe.

Do Sugar Gliders bite wires(I assume so)?

Does anyone else have their Sugar gliders in a computer room or a place where they have quite a few wires. What do you do to stop them from eating them?

Also I feel that my room is a bit bare so what suggestions does everyone have so that they have something to cling onto?

Are they usually able to tell what they can cling onto? Or will they just attempt and jumping on anything?

Thank's to anyone who replies!

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Mar 14 2017
07:04:49 PM
TJones09 Goofy Gorillatoes Visit TJones09's Photo Album 3422 Posts
Welcome So glad you came here with your considerations for sugar gliders as a pet!

I'll do my best in answering all your questions, some people have different opinions however.

Sugar gliders can bite wires, they may or may not, depending on your glider. Imho, I recommend getting to know your gliders a little before giving them run of your bedroom, even if glider-proofed, due to it's larger size.

Some tips and suggestions, along with some things I did.

a. pouch time visits during the day. If you can't glider-proof a smaller room, s/a your bathroom, then go ahead and do this in your glider-proof bedroom. 1.Close the door to room, just in case. 2.take the pouch out with them sleeping inside, slowly and gently. Talk softly to them while doing so. 3. hold pouch in hands, cradle it, rub or gently massage them from the outside of pouch. 4. have treat ready to hand feed when they pop their heads out. 5. give gentle head scratches/rubs when they are munching on treat. *if in your room, you can do this while sitting at your computer.

This is how I started, my girls were in my spare room at the time, but I spent a lot of time in there with the computer, exercising, or hanging/folding laundry. I also began trimming their nails in that room.

b. "out of cage visits" are best early morning, but you can from late evening to late night depending on your schedule. It should be done in a secure, glider-proofed room. If you must, use your bedroom to start with. I used the spare room before setting up my bathroom to be play area for short out of cage visits. Just be careful and focused on them, trying to keep them on you or close by. Using a smaller space, as I already mentioned is ideal, but yes, I have had my gliders out in a room with my computer, very, very supervised and then after I knew them a little better. This was with past living conditions, so now they're back to highly supervised out of cage visits in my bedroom, where their cage is currently.

I hope this helped answer your first two questions.

Suggestions for room set up. Bare room is good for gliders, helping you see where they are. I recommend using a red bulb in a lamp, so you can visually watch them without bothering their eyes or playtime.

a. As mentioned, I have different living conditions now than before, I take a fleece throws (with thread boarder removed). I lay one folded on the floor to help protect my floor from their mess. I also have a closet curtain (like shower curtain) instead of closet door. My room is small and crowded, so I place the second fleece throw over my bedroom door, draping it so it hangs long and rippled (loose) down the inside of door and enough over the door so when I close the door, it secures it firmly, creating a fleece wall. My gliders jump from me to fleece wall, climb to the top and jump/glide down to me. They also sometimes jump to my closet curtain. If you have a closet door, see if you can secure a fleece throw/blanket to your closet door as well.

b. I also have a wood platform attached to the outside of the cage, as well as one on the door. They can sit on these ledges and jump to me and back, they will also just jump onto the cage.

*I've had my gliders for a few years and I am pretty good at keeping my trio contained to this one area of my room for out of cage visits. It gives them a little outing, exercise, and relationship building that seems to satisfy them. However, if I could take them into another smaller room, s/a the bathroom like I used to for really good run-around and explore time, I would. I have to be very careful, but knowing my gliders and them knowing me helps because my room has a lot of spaces they can get into and be hard to get to.

As for them knowing what they can jump to, my gliders have tried to jump on things and slid off, so I'm guessing they just wing it. :)


Edited by - TJones09 on Mar 14 2017 07:10:00 PM
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Mar 15 2017
07:38:40 AM
NyxandBenny Glider Visit NyxandBenny's Photo Album AB, CA 166 Posts
Just keep in mind they do pee and poop alot especially when there nervous and may be hard to catch in a larger room. Trying to chase them down will stress them out and may hinder bonding. So at least till they know you I'd say use a small pop up tent or smaller room. Even with my bonded gliders if I put them on my bed they usually make sure that I have to change all the she's and wash the comforter.
In there room I did cover all plug in with baby safe thingies I put looming atound exposed wires and block under the doors so they can't get out as I have 2 dogs and a cat.
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Mar 15 2017
07:47:10 AM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2444 Posts
The simplest thing to do is a get a mesh tent to do out of cage time in. The tent is contained, smaller than a room, gives the gliders the ability to climb on the mesh.

The whole point of out of cage time isn't freedom, it's so they can get to know you and get used to you on their own terms.

I live in a 5th wheel trailer that is pretty contained and sealed I usually do out of cage time in the bathroom and sometimes the living room .

I still have to kind of coral them sometimes like yesterday I have some that just want to go back in the cage and not wait for me to take them to the cage to do so. It can be a pain... I bought a tent this week to make it easier despite the fact I haven't really needed one for the last few years it's a good thing to have. It provides a safe space to let them do their thing and you don't have to glider proof anything

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Mar 15 2017
04:49:56 PM
Lemonbun Starting Member 2 Posts
Thank's everyone for the very helpful responses!

I never really thought about using a tent but found some thread's about them and think they might be just what I'm looking for!

Found a really good one that seems perfect that's not too big and is easy to clean as well as setup.

What's everyone's experience with noise at night with Sugar Glider's?, I think I can deal with them making noises at night since I can sleep quite easily but I'm more worried about everyone else in the house. Do you find that they make a lot of noise at night and if you ignore them do they stop?

Thanks again!
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Mar 19 2017
11:05:36 PM
lilsistar Super Glider Visit lilsistar's Photo Album 290 Posts
I keep my gliders in my room. My room isn't very big and its the safest room for them in the house. I do have electronics in my room. I set it up so all wires on the ground are covered with cardboard. The rest of them are on my desk behind my TV and computer. I don't allow them on the desk when they are out. I use cardboard and blocked off the bottom of my door and closet. I have hardware floor so it's easy to vacuum the poop.

I don't let any glider roam the room without supervision. I also only let gliders I have bonded with out.

Noise at night can depend on different things. It depends on the gliders, toys, cage, and anything else you put in the cage. All gliders are different. I have one that will bark and won't stop. I learned to sleep through it. I have another that will stop if you show him that you are there. I usually just put my hand on the cage. The only person in the house the barking bothers is my dad. He's a light sleeper.
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