Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sleaford, Lincs
Gerbil advice please
Hi, Whilst cleaning out my 2 gerbils Ronnie and Reggie, this afternoon I put them in their exercise balls as always. They are on stands so they don't roll around the room.
My cat was at the door wanting to come in and as it was raining I let her. She's been around with them in their balls before and has been fine.....I'm sure you can guess what's coming.
I heard a crash and looked round to see her with poor Ronnie in her mouth. I grabbed her and she dropped him and he ran off by which time my partner had picked him up and within less than a minute he died in his hands. I think he died from the shock.
Well I've been in floods of tears and I feel just terrible but what makes it so much worse is that poor Reggie is on his own now. They were both from the same litter. They're about 6 months old.
Now I know that gerbils hate being on their own but I have also read lots of things saying they won't accept a new pal but it breaks my heart to think of Reggie all on his own.
Normally when I've cleaned them out they spend about the next 10 hours running round making their bed and digging tunnels but he's just sitting in his little house and hasn't moved a thing.
I've been reading about these split cages but the shape of their gerbilarium would make it very hard to put a divider in there. My only other option is to do something with their old gerbilarium which I still have although it is much smaller than their lovely big pad I recently splashed out on for them.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.