Gliders should have a cage of at least 24"W x 24"L x36"H. The larger the cage the better. Since their natural habitat is treetops, they need room to jump and climb so the vertical dimension is more critical than the others. The cage should consist of horizontal bars made of wire not more than half an inch wide and must be close enough together so the animal can not slip through. Place the cage in a well-ventilated but draft free area of your home. Also avoid areas of direct sunlight. Suggies do best in temperatures between 70-90 F.
The bottom of the cage should have a layer for absorbing wastes. Aspen or fir shavings are the best (do not use cedar or pine). Depending upon how many suggies you have, the cage needs to be cleaned at least once or twice a week.
Because sugar gliders are very active, the cage interior should contains toys for interest and exercise. Wooden toys designed for birds and rodents can make good playthings. Branches, ropes, and logs provide further sources of excercise and play. Excercise wheels can also be a big hit, but make sure they are big enough so the gliders won't get their tails caught as they run.
Suggies can "roam" around the house inside clear plastic balls like the ones designed for hamsters.
Sugar gliders need a place to nest inside their cage. These "boxes" can be made out of wood or unglazed clay pots, though these types of materials will absorb urine and other wastes. Many people prefer to use plastic containers such as ice cream containers which are much easier to clean. Place the nest against or near the top of the cage. Another option for nesting is a cloth pouch, but make sure to immediately remove any loose threads since the gliders can ingest them.