Should I Get A Gerbil?

Gerbils are great pets - they’re fun, cute, and endlessly entertaining. They’re relative newcomers to the pet market, but cuteness, tameness, and ease-of-care have made them hugely popular across the world.


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Gerbils are popular pets in the US and beyond

However, before you bring some of these little creatures home, there are some questions you need to consider:

  • Do you have the time to look after a pair of gerbils properly? They need regular feeding and hand-taming.
  • Do you have the funds to look after gerbils properly? They’ll need a good enclosure and regular shop-bought gerbil food. And there may be occasional vet bills to factor in, too.
  • Who you are buying the pet for? Experts and animal welfare organizations all agree that young children are not able to care for a gerbil properly, and even at eleven or twelve years old, kids will need adult supervision to make sure they are feeding the pet twice a day and cleaning them out once a week.

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