So, Strawberry got a platform for his wheel. This is to keep the wheel from falling down while he burrows underneath. What is it with dwarfs and burrowing under their wheels?
Penny and Bob got new litter pans. Penny’s is a pretty smokey grey and Bob’s is an exciting lime green! Unusual color for a litter pan. I didn’t get to choose as it was whatever the company decided to send but I was very happy with their choices. Yes, I know it’s just a litter pan but these are great! Maybe all Syrian hamsters are this way but my two love to spend a great deal of time in theirs. Just like humans and their restrooms I suppose. Mine do their business but also they groom quite a bit there. Bob particularly can be found in his pan often just chilling out. Having a light snack. Giving himself a little wash. What is neat about these pans are the shape. The roundness and the high backing. Penny was very happy to have gotten this. The one she had before was a Chinese take out container and she would go over the side quite often.
And I put in Patch’s Dip N Dive (made from a paper egg carton) tonight and he won’t leave it. He loves it in there so much I am not sure if he’ll come out except for food and water. Tomorrow Snow will get his – when I boil all the eggs within it to dye them Easter colors!
So, as well I did the most babble-y March tour video of all the hammy cages! What I was most thrilled with was that the hams were complete HAMS for the video. Especially, Penny. She pretty much began to give you all the tour herself. I wasn’t necessary. But they all made an appearance but Strawberry who was having a snooze fest. So I included a side video of him from earlier that day of him inspecting his new platform for his wheel to sit on. He likes to burrow under there and sleep.
And of course the Gerbils have gone through several set ups since the last video. So, it was time for one for them as well. This time I was alert and normal but my bebe was cranky and ready to be put down for bed! Alas! I have trouble with juggling! But the Gerbils were also pretty camera friendly. They were being impatient for their sunflower and peanut treat which I give them right before I head upstairs for bed.
I tried to make it an opportunity to be in-depth about their set up in hopes that people who don’t know better or are researching habitats because they do – will find mine and it will give them more ideas. Better ideas. But at least AN idea about how a Gerbil habitat should be set up. From the minimum size to what gerbils want and need in a habitat : deep substrate to burrow, something to climb, and room to run. As well all the other things they enjoy such as a sand pot. I do babble a lot but it comes from a good place and not from a love of hearing myself talk. I really want people to know what I now know. I was so naive starting out with the hamsters and in my childhood with rodents. I have learned SO much in such a short period of time since adult rodent ownership and just have this passion now for it to be out there more and more to fog out all the BAD information that is more readily available.