Post by lucygerbilhoward on May 2, 2011 8:29:49 GMT -8
Hi, I have had my 2 gerbils for quite along time now and they seem happy and healthy. Recently though at night (and only at night) i hear them tapping their feet on the the floor. In the day they do not do this at all. Is this normal or is there something i can do about it? Thankyou.
Like rabbits and some other rodents - gerbils use the foot-thumping as a means of warning other members of the colony of potential danger. So they often do it when they're scared - often whilst running for cover and then continuing for a minute or so whilst in their hiding place. You may also see/hear gerbils do it if they're not entirely comfortable with a situation, like before a fight or if they're being bullied or there's tension within the group - like a shift in dominance. It's sort of a way of saying they're either scared or not entirely happy about something.
You can probably help by watching them when they start tapping their foot. Is there something wrong with them?
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Post by lucygerbilhoward on May 4, 2011 14:09:12 GMT -8
I have done this and they seem ok. My two are brothers and are quite young , they get along fine and don't normally make any contact with each other purposely unless they are sniffing one another if one has been out for a play.
Probably just spooked out by you moving in bed. Mine spook out when they are not hearing me approaching and jump to all corners and tap their feet. This is a way between them to say 'be prepared! Danger nearby!' That is all natural with them