Scooby's Road Trip Jan 8, 2023 17:15:52 GMT -8
Post by stellamaris on Jan 8, 2023 17:15:52 GMT -8
In case it might help other gerbil guardians with their travel plans, here's how it went for Scooby and me:
Last summer, I did a bit of a 'road test' with my 1 1/2 year old gerbil to see how well he'd travel. He rode in his travel bin on the front seat of the car. We car-camped (I have a Honda Element) the first night. It only got down to 60 F (15.5 C), but that seemed too cold to me, so I put a couple of hand warmers up against the outside of his tank where he usually nests. He did fine; he seemed to enjoy the warmth and didn't come out of his nest for 12 hours! We spent two nights in a motel, then three nights at a friend's, before heading home (5 hour drive; 2 hour ferry). That was the warm-up for this winter's trip.
At the end of December, Scooby was almost two, and we headed out via 2-hour ferry ride (hand warmer near his bed), and 5-hour drive to a friend's house where we stayed 3 nights. Then an 8-hour drive to a funky motel, and another 7-hour drive the next day to our destination. After I got us settled in, it took Scooby 3 days before he relaxed enough to let me pet and scritch him, and 6 days before he felt settled enough to crawl up my arms to play in his playpen.
While 'on the road', he didn't eat much of his block, so I gave him more treats (veggies, nuts, mealworms, etc.) than usual. After we'd been settled a couple of days, he started eating normally again.
Neither of us is looking forward to the return journey, but we'll be here a month or two, so I'm sure we'll be recovered by then!
If anyone has any great ideas or fun stories about traveling with gerbils, let me know!