My Gerbil's Narcoleptic?
Me and mum noticed a little while ago, that our gerbil Button falls asleep in the weirdest of places.
Both of our gerbils are always chewing the bars [we've given them loads of things to play with and treat sticks and constant amounts of things to chew, but they still do it], and we noticed a few times that Button would be chewing the bars, and then suddenly fall asleep. We'd walk over, her mouth would still be over the bars, but her eyes would be shut and she'd be asleep.
We've got a draw under the gerbil cages which has all of their treats in [dried fruit, etc] and when you open the draw, the gerbils would usually pop up, looking for a treat. Well, if you open the container, she suddenly wakes up, with a little jump. It's quite cute really.
Another time we've caught her; she's got a little thick plastic bowl at the top of her cage which we put sand in for her. She mainly uses it as a toilet, but she sits in it a lot of the time. Well, I walked past her cage, and spotted her with her head resting on the edge of the bowl, asleep.
She sleeps most of the day anyway, so I don't know if she's actually narcoleptic, or if she's just lazy. What do you all think?