So I went with the second cage, and I've had it set up for a few days now. I think my suggie really loves it, but the only problem for me are the echoes! I know many of you own this cage, and I'm sure you've noticed how "sensitive" it is when it comes to sound. I can hear pretty much everything my baby does in that cage. This wouldn't be a problem if her cage wasn't in my room. Haha, anyways, has anyone who have experienced this problem figured out how to muffle the echoes? I was thinking about putting some towels on the top or maybe inside on a shelf. Just something to absorb the sound.
sjones5254Goofy GorillatoesSC, USA2415 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 08:48:29 AM
I keep my cage in another room :) It also helps in case of accidental escape. The room has a door that gets closed everynight.
TheHomermommaFuzzy Wuzzy1328 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 08:57:14 AM
Hmmmm...I have several of those cages and I'm not quite sure what yo mean by "echos". Do you mean the rattling? Or just the normal noise of her moving around in the cage? A cage cover MAY help with the noise, but I'm not sure that anything that you do will fix noise.
lilangelsSuper Glider315 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 09:53:30 AM
Towels are never a good idea to put in a cage. They are the worst for catching claws and having horrible accidents happen. You could make a fleece cover for the cage to muffle sounds. Also filling the cage witrh lots of fleece stuff will help sound not to echo so much. It's pretty much the same as an empty room will echo but when you fill it with furniture and stuff it stops echoing. Soft things absorb sound the best so fleece pouches and hammocks and vines and shelves would help a ton.
kazkoLittle Bunny FooFooTX, USA6602 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 10:02:51 AM
Most of us do drape something like a shower curtain around three sides of the cage to contain "spills" and protect the walls. This may help a little bit for rattling.
But yeah, most of us also keep cages in another room. You would have to be a brick to sleep through sugar glider nighttime activity.
Isnt it written somewhere that keeping sugar gliders with you in your bedroom is highly difficult because of that?
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TJones09Fuzzy Wuzzy1990 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 10:46:26 AM
Our girls are kept in a separate room, next to the wall to our bedroom. If we're sleeping soundly, they won't wake us, but if we're awake even partially then we can hear them play, especially the wheel and occasionally hear one of them barking. I'm not sure if they bark every night, and sometimes we're in too deep of sleep to hear, or if they only bark sometimes. I've heard them when my husband sleeps right through their barking and a couple of times they woke him up. I do wrap fleece around the side and back that are next to the walls and partially around the other side, this may help muffle sound some, but we still can hear them. I just took a size of fleece material that will wrap around cage and used those plastic (butterfly type) hair clips and wood clothespins to attach. If you decide to wrap the cage, make sure you use safe material s/a fleece, and wash it first, then I suggest either sleep with it or place it in dirty clothes hamper for 2-3 days to get your scent on it.
JazzNZoeysmomZippy GlidershortsUSA5349 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 10:49:43 AM
Like momma said, I'm not sure what you mean by echoes...
I have this cage as well as others that are linked together and the only time I hear anything having to do with the cage is when my Fat Kodah (160g) leaps across from one side to the other sounding like he's slamming himself into the cage bars as he lands.
What kind of wheel do you have in it? Could it be the wheel you are hearing?
I mean, it's bars...not an enclosed area that can be soundproofed.
CandyZippy GlidershortsUSA4508 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 01:24:34 PM
You have chosen a nocturnal pet - you just have to adjust to the sounds of their activity all night long or move them to another room. Even if you conquer the rattling of the cage or the sound of the wheel, they still bark and make other noises at each other all night long and nothing will contain the sound.
My gliders are on the other side of a brick wall from my bedroom and I still hear them when they bark or have a squabble between the cages - they can't reach the other cages but they can sure have verbal arguments now and then.
josiecSuper GliderOR, USA226 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 02:07:57 PM
My babies sleep right next to me.. but I sleep like the dead.. sooo lol
sillydashaJoeyNY, USA46 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 03:55:43 PM
By echoes I mean rattling and an empty fading noise (which is the after effect of the rattling).
I'm probably going to take a little out of everyone's advice and put together a fleece cage cover that wraps around the back and two sides. Right now I only have one fleece blanket hanging on the back.
And it's definitely not the wheel that's the problem lol. Dasha's old cage used to be a few feet from my bed and she would run on her wodent wheel all night. I'd be able to fall asleep to and through it! I sleep like the dead too. So it's definitely not the wheel that's the problem- plus, we've upgraded to the raptor wheel.
I think the rattling and the echoes of the bars keep me up because I'm so paranoid that she's trying to escape. Right now I have hair clips holding down those little food dish slots, but ever since I woke up in the middle of the night to see that she popped one of the clips off, it's the only thing I think about at night while she's jumping around. I actually think that those little feeder guillotine doors are part of the problem, considering they (and the two large doors) wobble at even a light touch. I'm gonna head over to Home Depot and get black zip ties for them and see if that helps.
JazzNZoeysmomZippy GlidershortsUSA5349 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 04:04:07 PM
Well the echoing will be the acoustics in your room...if the sound just keeps on a goin'.
But I think you may have nailed it. It's not necessarily the cage noise but your fear of her escaping. Once you get it ziptied I think you'll sleep easier.
You could also glider proof your room so IF she ever got out she would be safe. Mine actually have playtime in my room so they go all over. Zoey has even discovered that the back of my dresser is open so she climbs in and sleeps in my sweaters.