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    Talking New Family Members!!!

    I am going to be adopting 2 gerbils today and I am so excited!

    There names are going to be Bindi and Poppy.

    I will be posting updates all through out the day!

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    Ooooh How exciting for you!! Cant wait to see pictures of Bindi and Poppy and hear how it goes!

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    I've never had Gerbils but I have a friend who has three of them. It's neat that they can live in multiples, unlike Hamster, who have to be solitary. My friend's Gerbils constantly cover each other up with the bedding. When she changes their cage she has to scoop through the bedding so that she doesn't accidentally pick one up. As soon as the cage is finished they all run around and cover two of them up and then the 3rd one has to cover himself up. It's really funny to watch.

    If you are able I would love to see a picture of Bindi and Poppy.

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    Exciting, congratulations!

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    I am back!

    Bindi and Poppy came home safe and happy!

    Here they are in there new home!


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    (They move around to much to get a good photo!)

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    Aww their so tiny and adorable.

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    Thanks! @Starthecavy123


    They are only 3 months old.

    The women who had them before me pick out a gerbil at a pet shop not knowing it was pregnant... Gerbils have up to 12 pups.

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    Eek that's a lot of pups.

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    They are very cute, and I like their names.

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    Oh they're so precious! I have a history of gerbils, so a a few pointers;

    1. They need their bedding piled high so as they can burrow and create tunnels. I'm talking almost 3/4 of their 'gerbilarium' needs filling. It's neat though, because you can see them going through the tunnels half way down their bedding!
    2. They're super agile, and I trained mine to run up my arm and on to the top of my head. Just watch out for jumping because they're lightening fast!
    3. They're prone to strokes once they reach 2+, so watch out for that (depending on age). My last gerbil Maxxie died of multiple strokes, but he was a ripe ol' age of four!

    Sorry if you already knew all this by the way

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    I'm so happy you got them. Wow, they are so cute and tiny with such big expressive eyes.

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    @Princess_Piggie

    Thanks!

    Is there anything I can do to prevent strokes?

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    Unfortunately not, they just become prone to them with age. They have the same symptoms of human strokes, so they're not hard to spot. My Maxie had his first stroke when I was asleep, and I woke up and his right side was completely paralysed, he was ice cold too. All I could do was wrap him up in a fleece blanket, and feed him cucumber periodically for water content. He made a brief recovery for about two hours, managing to sort of hop around, then unfortunately had another stroke and passed away in my hands.

    It is also common for a younger gerbil to recover from a first stroke, Maxie was seriously old for a gerbil and it was the second stroke that got him.

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    Congrats on the new family members! I love watching gerbils. It's crazy to me how they're just constantly active.

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    @ThePigAlchemist tell me about it! My gerbilarium had a wire top, same as a C&C, and my guys used to climb it and run upside down on it! Damn, this post's got me wanting another pair....watch this space guys....

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    I am a little bit nervous because I don't know if my gerbils are drinking there water.

    Do you have any suggestions of how I can get them to notice there water bottle?

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    I don't have any real experience with gerbils, but I know they're desert animals so it might be normal for them to not drink much.

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    Re: New Family Members!!!

    I have two gerbils too. They live in side-by-side tanks with toppers. They have lots of bedding, cardboard, etc., in their tanks. I put their food bowls, water bottles, and wheels in the topper. I also use small tiles from home stores to put in the toppers to protect their feet from the wire.

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