WHAT KIND OF CAGE IS BEST?
I have used a lot of cages over the years. I prefer powder coated cages with stands. Gliders like to be up off the floor. Seeing the feet of people and other pets all the time can remind them of predators and keep your gliders in a constant state of stress.
Keep in mind that most all of the bird type cages will have small side doors, usually used for food dishes for birds, but serve no purpose for sugar gliders, other than to escape. Please secure these extra, non-usable doors tightly with a zip tie.
The minimum height for a pair of gliders should be 3 ft tall inside. Wire space should be no greater than ½” or they can get out. Types of cages to avoid: silver galvanized metal. Sugar Glider’s urine is very acidic. The reaction with this wire can result in UTI’s for your sugar gliders and trips to the vet for antibiotics. The black PVC wire coated cages have a toxin in the rubber that gets in through the skin of the sugar gliders and can poison them. Although safe for other kinds of pets, please avoid using this kind of cage, unless the maker of the cage can tell you for sure the manufacturer was CE Shepard in Texas, then do not buy it. Only this manufacturer of the wire uses rubber safe for sugar gliders.
When purchasing a cage, the minimum requirements for a pair is at least 36″ high inside, with a stand that puts it off the ground. Gliders can get stressed having to look at feet go by all the time.
There are larger cages out there. If you can afford a larger cage and have the space, than it’s fine to have a larger cage. Just nothing smaller than 36″ tall on the inside.
Other good brands are the Critter Nation cages. You can buy them as a single unit, double stack or even triple stack.
Here are some ideas from Sandra Whittaker if you happen to live in a colder climate: