Cats vs. Gerbils

Cats vs. gerbils, but not in the “cats eviscerating gerbils” sense that you might be thinking. No, the cats are saving the eviscerating for the mice that are apparently living in our basement unbeknownst to us. Well, formerly unbeknownst. Their little corpses dangling out of our kittens’ mouths alerted us to their presence.

No, what I am trying to do is contrast group sleeping patterns.

To wit, kittens:

A three-shelf cat tree, with a kitten on each shelf.

A kitten for every shelf and a shelf for every kitten.

Versus gerbils:

Three gerbils kind of stacked on top of each other

It’s like Yertle the Turtle, but with gerbil stacking instead of turtle stacking.

The cats cuddle with each other, but not quite in the same way the gerbils cuddle with each other…or rather, how they use each other as beds and to prop themselves up.

I like how the guy on top there was all, “Now I’m going to use you to prop me up to the water bottle so I don’t have to expend any effort.” Meanwhile, middle guy was very earnestly cleaning his feet with his teeth.

Come to think of it, the kittens clean their feet via mouth as well.

I’m glad I don’t have to clean my feet with my mouth.

And there you have the first in what will no doubt be a long line of cats vs. gerbil posts. We can only be so lucky.

15 thoughts on “Cats vs. Gerbils

  1. Do the kittens always stick to the same levels? I’m wondering if this is a demonstration of their social order or if they mix it up a bit?

    Also I’ve been trying to get a photo of a gerbil stack here but with two mostly black gerbils it tends to look as if the others are floating.

    Finally, we also have invader mice issues. Unfortunately we only have gerbils to help us catch them and they refuse to hunt down fellow rodents, even when bribed with sunflower seeds.

    • They do not. In fact, they often will all cuddle together on the top level, which is getting more difficult as they get bigger. But that level gives them the coveted window view.

      I would enjoy a levitating gerbil photo. That sentence you wrote makes me laugh a lot.

  2. Cute!
    So, gerbils are like puppies. Only smaller.
    That middle kitten is all, hi, just lounging here. The other two are more clearly alert.

    • That middle kitten is apt to fall off of things because she lounges so well. It’s amusing. Also, yes! Gerbils are extremely disorganized—at least to my eyes. They always mess up the neat, orderly way I organize their tanks after I clean them. Although they may be very organized, but just in their own way.

      • I might hire a couple of gerbils to organize my apartment. Though I don’t think I would trust them with the paperwork, which is the main area of dis-organization.
        btw, if you need cardboard boxes, just order a few items from Nordstrom. Everything ships individually. Which gives the front desk person a reason to mock my purchasing habits. :)

        • Oh, that didn’t sound good. The front desk folks and I ARE on a first name basis… it’s just that they do get to mock my purchasing habits.
          It’s kind of funny, as I order my shoes online, so I order three sizes in each style. Twice a year, at most.
          Also, I decided to invest in All-clad cookware this year. Bloomingdales had an excellent sale. And, I don’t cook.
          Never mind. :)

  3. I wonder if it is a predator versus prey kind of thing. Like the cats are all “look at us, we are tough” and the gerbils are thinking “man, I hope it is the gerbil on the top of the stack that gets eaten while we are sleeping, instead of me.”

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