This is one question that I often see popping up here and there by people who are interested in getting a sugar glider. Well, if you were to put them in the same cage then of course it is a BIG NO!
Sugar gliders can easily adapt to sounds, like dog barks, cat meows, maybe the sound of your stereo or TV, it just takes a bit of time. My suggies are immune to dog barks. They can sleep through loud noises at any time of the day. I do have dogs at home, 1 labrador, 1 boxer and 1 cavalier king charles spaniel.
A glider needs to be safely in a cage of it’s own if you have other pets at home. Dogs, well, they are more likely to try and scratch out the tasty food droppings that’s left on the cage pan than to eat your gliders but don’t take it for granted that you can leave your pet glider safely with your dog without any supervision. Come dogs like terriers were bred to chase rats and other rodents, so gliders do fit the bill since they LOOK like a rodent. My boxer won’t just chase, he would in fact try and kill any rodent, so when I take my gliders out, I have to be extra careful.
Cats on the other hand are professionals at trying to get hold of small animals. Some cats are able to knock over cages, getting their paws through the cage bars and even opening the cage. Yes, my cat did that, he opened my glider’s cage and killed my 1st male glider, Jarrah(RIP). Today I am extra careful, using wire and cable ties to fasten all cage doors securely. I use small little locks and snap keychains to lock the cage doors that I normally use.
So how about a hamster with a glider? Well, a hamster can either hurt a glider, or the glider hurt the hamster. I have notice that some adult gliders do readily eat pinkies if they are offered one so small or young hamsters can be harmed if an adult glider that gets near it. I got this glider that is quite friendly with hamsters but this is because I introduced small animals to my glider when she was a joey. This made her friendly towards hamsters. You can do this but I think it is better not to do such odd introductions at all just to be safe. Some hamsters and rabbits can be aggressive and they may attack a glider.
How about fishes? I think it is more likely for the glider to end up swimming in the aquarium than to get attacked by fishes, unless the fish is an arapaima or some large mammal eating fish. Do be aware that gliders are not swimmers, so some may drown in water that is too deep for them.
Parrots are a no no since they have curved strong beaks that can do a lot of damage. Parrots are able to crack open hard nuts, so imagine what it would do to a glider…. wow… horrible to think about it….
Well, just for fun, here are 2 pictures of my old sugar glider with my dog and hamster. Don’t try this at home if you have not trained your glider or your pet to accept each other.