Gerbil homes and hideaways
Winner: hanging coconut
Gerbils love to hide. As prey animals, they take cover at the slightest sight or sound. Hideaways make them feel safe, which in turn makes them tamer and more trusting.
There are loads of good options available. Some double as gnaw toys or homes to nest in. My all-time favourite has to be the hanging coconut.
The coconut comes with a string to suspend it from the top of the cage and a cute little ladder. Inevitably, it very soon ends up hanging by a thread with its ladder in bits. Such is gerbil life!
The pros are obvious. The hard shell is very resilient and easy to clean. It’s also a cosy and comfy spot for gerbils to snuggle in. It’s such a joy when first one, then two tiny faces pop out. And it makes for fabulous photographs.
“I LIVE to destroy grass houses!”
“Cuddles in the coconut are the best!”
Runner-up: grass house
I nearly chose wooden playsticks as runner-up. As gnaw toys, space dividers, ledges or hideaways, they’re super-versatile. But grass houses are serious fun, so they edged it.
Getting their paws on a grass house can make gerbils almost delirious! A vampiric frenzy will follow, as they rip it to shreds. The resulting haystack then provides hours of entertainment as they line their nest with the best bits.
I’ve never seen one survive more than a few hours. Have you?
Which hideaways do your gerbils like? Have you ever tried making your own? Before leaving a comment, please read the comments policy – thanks!