Gerbils are on the most popular rodents you can have as pets for many reasons. First Gerbils are not aggressive and typically only bite if provoked or under enormous stress. They are small and easy to handle, and they are sociable, loving the company of humans and other gerbils. Also, they are very cute!
Gerbils come in many breeds, but only two are usually kept as pets: the Mongolian Gerbil and the fat-tailed gerbil. Mongolian Gerbisl are definetely the cutest and the most common. If you go to a petstore like petsmart or petco, and you look at their gerbils, there is a 90% chance that they are Mongolian Gerbils. Here is a comparison:
(I don’t like the fat-tailed that much)
Anyway, Gerbils are generally healthy creatures, but they can have a few health problems. Which is why it is recommended to get a gerbil from a breeder instead of a petstore, as you don’t particularly want a gerbil from a gerbil mill, do you?
A few different health problems that they can have include: Misalignment of incisors due to injury or malnutrition, Trauma caused by a fall; Neglect, which can cause the gerbils to not receive adequate food and water, causing serious health concerns, including dehydration, starvation, stomach ulcers, eating of bedding material, and cannibalism; Seizure disorder epilepsy, seizures are thought to be caused by fright, handling, or a new environment; Tumors, both benign and malignant; Tail sloughing, Gerbils can lose their tails due to improper handling, being attacked by another animal, or getting their tails stuck; Tyzzer’s disease; and Deafness and inner ear problems.
Most of those things are caused by fright, or improper handling, so be careful with your pet gerbil!
Also one thing you should know about gerbils….please get two! If you only have one gerbil, and you don’t spend all day with it and if you don’t have it next to you in your bedroom, that gerbil can get very sad. A friend of mine once had a gerbil, and every night she’d hear it scratching at the glass of it’s tank. Poor Wee Mite.
Gerbils are very sociable with their owners, often coming up to greet them when they come home.
Alrighty, that about sums it up! I’ll wind up with some cute gerbil pics. Bye Bye!
P.S. That last one is not animated.