Gerbils

Fast & digging, we love gerbils

Just because they’re small, don’t go thinking that you can give gerbils any less care, commitment and love than you’d give to a bigger pet. In this section, we show you how to give your pets the time of their little lives – which usually last around three years. Gerbils (Latin name – Meriones unguiculatus) make great pets, especially for children.

Caring for you pet

Caring for your Gerbil

Unlike hamsters, who perk up when the lights go down, gerbils are active throughout the day. Just like you.

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Feeding for you pet

Feeding your Gerbil

In the wild, gerbils are omnivorous. Which means they eat both plants and animals. Their usual diet is seeds, grains and grasses.

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Training for you pet

Training

Good news, gerbils can be trained. Gerbils can learn several tricks, such as using a litter box and responding to its name.

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Foods to avoid

Companionship

What any happy gerbil needs is the company of other gerbils. Solitude can lead to unhappiness and illness.

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Housing for you pet

Housing

Put some fine, absorbent sand into a bowl or box. They’ll love it.

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Handling

Handling

Newly-arrived gerbils like nothing better than to be left alone in their new home for the first few days. Let them settle in.

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Health

Health

As with all animals, there are some common health problems that Gerbils may suffer from. If you have any concerns, always go direct to your vet.

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