|There are several things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a gerbil. Consider each one carefully to ensure you make the correct decision for yourself, your family and your new pet. |
Gerbils make ideal first pets as they are non-aggressive, inquisitive and they rarely bite. Mongolian Gerbils prefer to be kept in pairs or small groups but Fat-Tailed Gerbils can be kept alone so it is important to take this into consideration when deciding what species to buy. You should research the different species of gerbil that are kept as pets, to ensure you choose the correct one for you and your family.
Male or Female
If your gerbil is just going to be a family pet and you are not buying one for breeding purposes, it doesn't really matter if you get a male or a female. However, it is important that when you go to choose a gerbil, they must be separated by sex. If they are not or the seller cannot tell the sex of the gerbils, then they should be avoided as you run the risk of buying a pregnant female.
Selecting a Gerbil
When you have decided that you are going to get a gerbil and where you are going to get it from, then all you need to do is choose it!
When choosing a gerbil you should look at all the gerbils in the cage and make sure that they all appear healthy. The cage should be clean, there should be plenty of food and water and the gerbils should be well cared for.
Make sure the gerbils are alert and active and that they have a firm, rounded body. They should be at least 5 - 6 weeks old and their nose, eyes, ears and back end should be clean. Avoid gerbils that are very thin or grossly overweight, those that show signs of ill health and those that are nervous when handled.