Sunny & Moomin

August 2018

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Anniversary Gerbils!

Today is our 27th wedding anniversary and what else do people do on their anniversary? Get gerbils of course!

I’ve been feeling very sad over the passing of Plum, the last of my family of six gerbils. Combined with the deaths of two of my rats and a big space on Derek’s desk, where our girls used to live, I was thinking about rehoming a little gerbil, who’d not had the best start in life. Looking around adoption websites I found a little girl, Lime who was just round the corner from us. So, we jumped on our bicycles and peddled round to meet her. Luckily for Lime she’d already found a home, but it left me thinking about how much I love having gerbils. So, I went snooping at the pet store and found two gorgeous boys. Before we’d even got back home I’d named them Sunny and Moomin. Derek wasn’t too sure about having baby gerbils, but it is was our wedding anniversary and what better gift than little critters! Once home we had a little think about the gerbils, and a cup of tea before heading back out in our car and two super sweet gerbils joined our family.

Sunny & Moomin

Sunny & Moomin

Moomin is about twice the size of little Sunny, so only time will tell how much they grow. For now though they are both very busy exploring their new home and discovering the gerbily joys of cardboard tubes.

A fear of heights

Sunny and Moomin's new home

Sunny and Moomin's new home

Things have not been going as smoothly as planned with our little gerbils. They are lovely and we adore them, but unfortunately they weren’t too keen on their cage. Our last cheeky little gerbils had a great time living in their multileveled Savic Habitat XL, and we thought our new guys would feel the same, they didn’t. After allowing time for Sunny and Moomin to settle in, we could see they were not happy. Sunny in particular was very nervous when accessing the higher levels of the cage.

Wanting our little guys to be happy and comfortable, I set about finding them the perfect cage. Over the years we’d had several Ferplast Duna Multy cages in various sizes and our gerbils have always loved them. Seeing as our new boys didn’t like heights, the single level cages seemed a great option. The cages come in three sizes. Ferplast had changed the largest size to have a lip around the bottom of the base, and with gerbils that is not a good idea, so we opted for the middle size. It is still a great habitat for two little gerbils, and being lighter than a tank we can still carry the cage around to let our little guys run around on the floor. Due to limited availability of the cage in the UK I had to order it direct from Ferplast. Even so it arrived within a week of ordering and we transferred Sunny and Moonin into their new home as soon as it was ready. The effect on the gerbils was instant and I am thrilled to say Sunny and Moomin are right at home in their new cage.

The boys are like different gerbils, Sunny in particular is super confident and it is amazing to see. He’s turned into a right cheeky little guy. It was difficult at first knowing how unhappy our boys were, but seeing how happy we have made them now… well it is a very special feeling.