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Apr 19 2020
09:43:45 AM
Hello!
Just wondering what your perspective is on this topic:

My 3 sugar gliders have been in their hex cage since I got them. I hate that cage, and it's just getting so old, dirty, etc.

Should I:

-clean the heck out of that cage and keep them in it because it has always been their home.

Or

-buy a new cage- probably a Madagascar cage, which would be smaller. Maybe I could get a Brisbane but one of my gliders is very sick with cancer so I anticipate she may pass, then there would only be two gliders anyway (I know, it's terribly heart breaking).

I guess I'm wondering if it would be traumatic for them to switch to a smaller cage.

Thanks!

I hope you're all doing well and hanging in there with everything that's going on.
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May 08 2020
10:24:33 AM
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Hi there,

I was just scrolling through messages and saw yours. I didnt see any replies so I just wanted to check in and see how youre doing. I also saw that one of your gliders passed and Im so sorry to hear that. I lost my first glider a few years ago and know how devastating it can be.

Generally, the rule of thumb is to get the biggest cage you can afford and have room for. Gliders love to jump and climb, and of course glide. Regardless of size, its a good idea to have a safe exercise wheel for them to run on. It sounds like your hex cage is quite large, and while I wouldnt normally suggest downsizing, both the Madagascar and Brisbane cages are great for 2 - 3 gliders. If I had to choose Id probably go for the Madagascar which has slightly more interior room than the Brisbane. While its not as wide as the Brisbane it is much taller which Ive heard is better for sugar gliders. As you probably know, the bar spacing should be no more than 1/2 inch. Cleanliness is very important and if your hex cage is showing signs of rust or other wear and tear then it would be best to upgrade. One thing that will really help the transition process is to keep things that are familiar to them, like pouches, toys, wheels, etc.

Best of luck and take care!

Kristin
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May 09 2020
06:07:34 AM
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Thanks for sharing your advice!

I'm still not sure if it will be traumatic to have them switch cages after all these years. I know the hex cage is better in a way because it's much bigger. But it's old and has some rust spots (which I can cover with fleece at least). And I hate that cage lol.

But thank you! I just like to get other people's perspective.
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