Used Sugar Glider Cages: Are They Safe and Should You Get One?

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Do sugar gliders need a cage?

If you are thinking of getting used sugar glider cages for your furry, little friend, it is important to consider the benefits and risks.

You can find these cages in a variety of marketplaces online but it is a good idea to choose carefully, so you don’t put your glider’s health at risk.

Don’t worry, that’s why I created this guide to help you know what to look out for and where you can find them.

Let’s get started!

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Is It Safe to Get a Used Cage For Your Glider?

sugar glider placed in some kind of cage

A safe cage is one that has recommended sufficient space, which is a minimum of 20 inches deep x 20 inches wide x 30 inches tall according to Vet Care Pet Hospital. [1]

The metal bars also must be close enough together to prevent your glider from escaping or getting stuck. 0.5-inch wire spacing is the widest you should consider.

The cheaper price of a used cage is attractive, especially if your budget is tight. However, you must take some precautions before putting your beloved pet in it, which I will talk about later. 

If you are handy are fixing or refurbishing, a used cage can be a great way to save money if you follow the steps with safety in mind.

The worry is that you have no way of knowing if the previous owner kept a sick animal in the cage or failed to maintain it. You have to weigh up the benefits and risks carefully and decide if it is worth it just to save a few bucks.

Juggling these thoughts makes the decision to buy new or go for something new tricky. At the end of the day, your budget will have the biggest influence on your decision when purchasing a home for your pocket pet.

This glider mom talks about some great tips for cleaning your cage. You will want to know them!

Now that you know the main benefits and risks, let’s take a look at where you can find a used cage if that’s the decision you have made. 

Where to Buy Used Sugar Glider Cages?

If you’re looking for an affordable and accessible cage option, consider purchasing a used cage from an online marketplace like Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist or you can visit pet stores in your locality that sell used bird cages or special cages.

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You can find a wide variety of used sugar glider cages on eBay.

You can often find cages here that are in great condition and are sold at a lower price than new ones.

On eBay, you will be able to find the best deals. You can sometimes find good prices on new cages that you won’t find in a local shop. 

Facebook Marketplace

facebook marketplace

Marketplace has become a really popular way for people to sell items they no longer want.

You will also find listings for used accessories such as exercise wheels, food dishes, and water bottles. 

You can search based on your location, so it’s possible to find a used cage close to where you live. This is great as it gives you a chance to go inspect the cage before you commit to purchasing it.

Facebook also has lots of groups, including those dedicated to sugar gliders and local buy and sell pages. You can often put up a wanted ad on these pages or see member post their cage for sale.

Craigslist

Craigslist is one of the original online marketplaces. Like Facebook, you can search in your local area, which not only allows you to see the cage in person but can save you shipping costs.

3 Important Things to be Aware of When Buying a Used Pet Glider Cage

Now, as promised, the all-important things you need to consider when buying a used cage for your pet glider. Just because it initially looks like a nice cage, it doesn’t mean it is suitable.

It is essential to know these so you don’t inadvertently put your glider at risk.

#1 Size of The Cage

To ensure your glider has enough room to play and get adequate exercise, plus a cozy nest box, you need the right size cage. Gliders like to climb, so vertical space is also important.

MSD Vet Manual has a slightly different size recommendation to the veterinary expert I mentioned earlier. They recommend that you use a “large cage, at least 24 by 36 by 36 inches (61 by 91 by 91 centimeters), with a secure lock.” [2]

This size cage is suitable for 2 gliders, and as they are social animals, you should always have more than one.

Birds and Exotics Veterinary Clinic points out that the bars should be close together with gaps no bigger than 1/2 inch to 1 inch. [3]

Sugar glider expert, Lisa, talks about the size cage you should get starting off in this video, accompanied by her adorable baby glider.

#2 Condition of the Cage

The condition of the cage should be one of your priorities when looking for a suitably used enclosure. Sturdy metal construction is important.

Look out for any rust, or broken areas, even tiny ones. Small pieces of damage can harbor harmful bacteria. These can also be a sign that the cage wasn’t well maintained and wasn’t on a good cleaning schedule.

Make sure nothing is peeling or looks dirty. The owner might say that they disinfected the cage but never take this as completely truthful, and do your own sanitizing.

Make sure the access doors of the cage are secure and any hinges don’t seem loose. Lookout for any bits of metal that are warped or bent which can indicate weaknesses in the structure.

#3 It Isn’t Necessarily as Clean as it Looks

Even though the used pet cage looks clean, it doesn’t mean that it is. It might not have gotten a thorough deep clean. Bacteria can lurk in the tiniest of places.

Before you put your glider anywhere near the used cage, ensure it is thoroughly neutralized.

I met a glider owner that bought a used cage where the previous owner didn’t disclose the mite issue her pet had while living. This in turn led to her own glider developing health problems. [4]

What Option To Choose: A Used Cage Or New One?

The type of cage you choose for your pet friends, be it new or used, will depend on your budget and individual needs.

Let’s take a closer look at the factors to consider when making this decision. The size of the cage and space in your home, as well as cost, are the most influential.

Size & Space 

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The vet recommended sizes I discussed early are the minimum cage sizes and dimensions. The bigger the cage the better. And remember height space is really important.

Opting for a used cage means that you can buy a bigger cage than you can if you choose a new one.

Looking for new cages means that a variety of sizes are easy to find and purchase. However, finding a suitable used cage is more challenging. I suggest you start looking well in advance of getting your sugar gliders.

This will allow you to take your time to search for a cage with the most appropriate size and condition. While doing this, I suggest you keep an eye out for sales the stores have on their cages.

You might just get lucky and find a cage in your budget at a discount. It might be a bit smaller than you were looking for but if it meets the minimum size requirements and other safety features, it can be a good option if nothing used is turning up.

The size of the cage you can get also depends on where in your home you will put the cage. Glider cages need to be located in a safe location away from direct sunlight, drafts, air conditioners, and heaters.

I recommend you determine where in your home the cage will be located and measure the space to ensure you have enough room. Then you have the essential info you need to decide on the cage size.

Cost

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If your budget is tight and used cage is probably your best option. These cages will be your cheapest option, and it’s possible you can get a bigger or higher quality cage than you would if you bought new.

Doing this may give you more money to put toward purchasing new accessories, which is a good idea as these are harder to disinfect and determine if they are still safe.

However, one problem you can run into buying used is that its lifespan can be shorter. It might be ok in the short term but after a year, you may need to replace it. This can end up creating an extra cost in the long term.

As I mentioned, having to replace your cage, is not ideal for gliders. Changing their habitat can cause them stress. However, if used is the only option your budget will cover, make sure to buy a cage in as best condition as possible.

FAQs

How much do sugar glider cages cost?

Sugar glider cages cost from $100 to well over $300 when buying new and before purchasing any cage accessories. The price depends on the size, cost, and material of the cage.

What is a suitable cage for sugar gliders?

The minimum suitable cage for sugar gliders is a size of 24 by 36 by 36 inches. It also has to have plenty of verticle space, secure doors, and bars that are close together. Larger cages are always better.

What do you put in the bottom of a sugar glider cage?

Put absorbent bedding in the bottom of a sugar glider cage. Some people like to put polar fleece over the floor bars in some areas for the comfort of their gliders and so food doesn’t fall through into the cage poop tray below. Just make sure the fleece has no loose threads.

Conclusion

Finding used sugar glider cages is sometimes challenging and poses risks that you need to avoid when choosing this option. 

Buying used is appealing because it is cheaper and the biggest cages may fall under your budget.

Sugar gliders need a tall cage with many different levels, climbing areas, and hiding places for them to explore.

On a final note, make sure to check the condition of the cage before purchasing it, there should be no visible damage or mold.

And ensure it has ample space, the ultimate safety, 0.5-inch bar spacing, stimulating accessories, such as an exercise wheel, wood climbing posts, a water bottle, and sugar glider toys.

sugar glider climbing on one of used sugar glider cages

What’s your decision? Let us know your thought about buying used sugar glider cages down below!

References

  • [1]  “Beginner’s Guide to Sugar Glider Care.” VetCare Pet Hospital, 21 Dec. 2016, www.vetcarepethospital.ca/beginners-guide-sugar-glider-care/#:~:text=A%20sugar%20glider. Accessed 5 Apr. 2022.
  •  [2]  “Providing a Home for a Sugar Glider – All Other Pets.” MSD Veterinary Manual, www.msdvetmanual.com/veterinary/all-other-pets/sugar-gliders/providing-a-home-for-a-sugar-glider#v3231208. Accessed 6 Apr. 2022.
  • [3] “Sugar Glider Care Guide | Long Island Exotic Pet Vet.” Libirdexoticsvet, www.birdexoticsvet.com/sugar-glider-care-guide.
  • [4] “Beware of Buying Used Cages. :(.” Avian Avenue Parrot Forum, forums.avianavenue.com/index.php?threads/beware-of-buying-used-cages.8320/. Accessed 6 Apr. 2022.
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