The gerbils’ topper is coming along nicely. I rearranged and added some things and most of all I organized the area!
I made a swing out of a Petco bendy bridge with wire but my friend Kerri is sending me some little chains she had so that I may use that! Though I have found my guys could care less for this swing so I’ll be giving the swing to my acrobatic Syrian hamster Penny instead.
My gerbils do not use a wheel. I have put one in there various times since first bringing them home. I thought now that they had a topper and it wouldn’t be used for their burrows by being toppled on purpose and then buried – that they might actually use it for its function. But alas, they ignore it.
I thought about removing it but I decided it does no harm to sit there. Perhaps, one day they will and perhaps they never will but this topper is on its way to being made more and more sturdy and reinforced (as I get things here and there from hardware to add to it) and one day *sniff* I will have another pair of gerbils (as I cannot imagine not having gerbils in my life now) and they will possibly enjoy the wheel.
I wanted to have it set up the way I’d have it for future critters. Working with wire and such is a pain in the arse! I don’t want to have to cut anything out or rewire unless I have to!
Anyway, I have a mobile infant now and all my supplies for them need to be out of the way but convenient for me. I was piling all of it on the topper and it looked a mess. This is in my living room so that couldn’t last! So, I finally organized! I cut up cardboard in strips and rectangles and keep them in the slots of a metal letter/bill holder I had that I wasn’t using. I decorated the ugly coffee container that I use to keep their food with decorative tape an use a little basket for a couple of their treat containers. The basket is where I store their various hay blends and extra treats, etc.
I’m so proud of this thing! Seriously! I just love it and probably most of all because of how much use it gets! The gerbils think the topper is ACE!