Sunday, 1 April 2018

Notes from a gerbil crazy human

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As a gerbil breeder I often feel like the parent and grandmother to many tiny, funny individuals. After purchasing brothers Hei Hei and Sushi last year, I have since gone on to breed them, they are now one year old
and I have eight gerbils in total in our home. I absolutely love them, I find myself smiling so hard when I'm watching them enjoy a new cardboard tube or their little faces pop up and greet me when I walk by. People ask me how I can get so attached to such small animals with limited lifespans. Here's a bit more about gerbils.
About gerbils pet shabby chic blogger
Gerbils are so friendly, quickly grow accustomed to human company and displays of aggression to their owners are incredibly rare. They are pretty easy going little things! They quickly feel at ease in your palm and I absolutely love how they each have their own personalities. There are definitely gerbils in my clan that are outgoing and confident like Hei Hei, a little skittish like Sushi and incredibly quirky definitely MeeMoo*.

They come in a huge range of colours... golden agouti (brown) which is most commonly found, argente golden (golden peach) and even Siamese and Burmese like other furry friends. I have Siamese (Hei Hei) Burmese, golden agouti and light colourpoint agouti (white with grey tips) in my clan. They have the quirk of drumming their hind legs whenever they are frightened by something and it's so funny to watch them all join in one by one as they register the threat. They have a big love of sand baths and burrowing, making homes underground. I recently invested in gerbilariums like this one, they absolutely love the extra space.
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They love to head but anything and everything! It's the funniest sensation to have a gerbil spin around, headbutting and trying to bury in to your palm. Hei Hei absolutely loves shoving his big silky gerbil man head in to my palm and crook of my elbow. He does it to his sand bath, his train and his bedding and placing a cardboard box in the cage results in an hour long series of scratchy-burrowing noises. I give them smoothie boxes but any empty cardboard box will do! They wake up all times of night and they will wake you up too!

They get embarrassed and it's the cutest thing! Pua and Sushi especially spring to mind here. Sushi is very image conscious and won't let anything betray his inner playful side. I catch Pua going to town on his wooden chew toys, carrying them around and headbutting them; when he notices I'm watching he gets so sheepish!
About gerbils pet shabby chic blogger
The dads spend a great deal of time parenting. Gerbils are different to many other animals in that the females rule the roost and are the most territorial, more likely to start a fight than the males. I definitely have a good few dominant females in my group ehem MeeMoo and they are so intelligent and curious, right little characters of their own. The males tend to be more relaxed and laidback and go crazy over babies when they arrive, they love to sit on them, groom them and shower them with love. Hei Hei here has just become a dad again and I felt pretty guilty involving him in a photo session, he was so eager to get back to his little family!

They give birth to pink, squidgy alien children I find it so darn cute that look like little hairless moles with teeny claws. Gerbil gestation lasts give or take 24 days so you get to see them develop right in front of your eyes rather than in the womb unless they give birth right at the bottom of their bedding like Fiti

*Oscar had the honour of naming MeeMoo haha! Along with Hei Hei we have Tefiti, MeeMoo, Mooshie, Pua, Boba, Molang and Sushi, not remotely Moana inspired at all haha. I am currently looking to find homes ahead of our most recent litter, Siamese, Burmese and light colourpoint agoutis shamelessly promoting my gerbies to you guys haha  I hope you're having a lovely relaxing Easter weekend/April Fools day! 

32 comments:

  1. I am not someone who finds gerbils particularly appealing, but this post is making me reconsider. I love they can fit inside your palm, but it scares me as for me that translates to "easy to lose". Great post, hope you are having a lovely weekend xx

    Kiran | htttp://www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    1. Aw I am so glad, thank you so much haha! That makes me so happy to hear :D aw hope you are too!! ♡

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  2. Why do they all have such cute names omg :3

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    1. Haha thank you so much, I mostly blame Disney Moana! xD ♡

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  3. oh my goodness they are SO cute! We ended up with a Hamster instead, but Gerbils are SO sweet!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Aw thank you so much Erin! Haha I guess it's like are you a cat or dog person, with rodents it's hamster or gerbil xD I definitely end up fussing them both when I'm in Pets at Home xD ♡

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  4. Love the post. Super cute and what an experience. xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2018/04/discover-duranbah-beach.html

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  5. Omg your gerbils are so cute!!! Honestly, you have done an extremely good job at pitching gerbils. I think I'm in love.😊 One question however- to breed them ,do you go to a specific breeding centre or something to do so or...I don't know. Cute photos as always and I can't choose a favourite.😅

    #sweetreats xxx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you so much haha, I'm so glad you liked it!! I acquired my gerbils from breeders (and the boy featured here from a pet shop) and breed them at home, having a good few homes lined up for the pups beforehand (they breed so quickly haha!!) ♡

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  6. They all seem like they have such brilliant little personalities! I’ve never owned gerbils myself but they look so cute & I love the names!xx

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  7. Oh my gosh you're a gerbil breeder?!! That's too cute. And you captured how cute gerbils are so perfectly in these photos. Makes me want one.

    xox Kirsten // http://www.kirstenwendlandt.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! They're so hard to photograph as they never keep still haha! Breeding them is so much fun :D ♡

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  8. Oh my gosh, your gerbils are so adorable. And they have the cutest names ever!!!

    cabin twenty-four

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  9. So cute!! I have always had hamsters myself, but my friend had gerbils and they are just as cute! Love their names too! Absolutely adorable!! xx

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  10. These are the cutest! So adorable to watch them running around.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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  11. Oh my goodness, how cute!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  12. Ooooh, they are so incredibly cute! And the fact that they get shy is adorable!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  13. Funny enough I wasn't even aware of the excistence of Gerbils until now! They look so freaking cute!!!

    Love,
    Olga from Myme

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  14. Its so weird over the weekend I was reminiscing with my mum on how I used to look after a Gerbil in high school, I randomly just started missing doing so and then I come across your post!! I always felt so calm with them. Its so lovely of you to share them on your blog and Hei Hei and Sushi make great models! :) - x

    Lavinya Royes - Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  15. Aww how adorable, I think they're so cute! Lovely that you have them as pets, their names are so wonderful xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

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  16. They are so adorable! I've never raised a gerbil, but I had hamsters growing up, and they were the sweetest things. I love their little tiny hand-paws, and how they pick up things and hold them while they eat. Who can not think they're just adorable!?

    -Jacqueline

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  17. Hi Elisabeth! They look so cute and the photos are lovely. Have a great weekend. xoxo Joana
    http://chiceveryweek.com/

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  18. Gerbils are the cutest! I totally understand why you'd get attached to them, even small animals have their own personalities and playing with them is always fun. I wonder how many you'll end up having, eight is already quite a few! I hope we'll have some updates!

    Julia x
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  19. This was such an adorable post! I love the names of your Gerbils, especially Meemoo and Mooshie! ♥

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  20. Oh my gosh this is wonderful. So cute.

    Lilly xoxo

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  21. Owwwh so cute!

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