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    Profile photo of Karese

    Over a year ago

    I am now a proud “owner” of what looks to be a white gerbil. He is one lucky fellow. (If said gerbil is a male.)

    Him and his poor squashed companions were found on the road by your’s truly. He had 2 other fellows with him, but alas they had been ran over before I could save them as well. Raskal I named this good man. He has obviously been in a household because as soon as I squatted down next to him he literally ran to me. Which means, some little brat got tired of him and his buddies and just let them go to be eaten by the cats. I am happy to report that he has now been adopted by my family, I still cant believe someone can just do that to a poor, innocent animal!

    Now for the actually topic….How do you care for a gerbil? I have only ever lived with dogs, fish, and lizards. I imagine that the process is much different. Thank you guys! :)

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  • Profile photo of theroyalgremlin

    Over a year ago

    @Karese when I was looking into sugar gliders before it said they needed a pair as they are very social animals but if they didn’t have a companion to just spend a lot more time with them as a substitute. I don’t know if that applies to gerbils but it’s something you can maybe look into? You could also ask the vet if they know of any successful ways to introduce two gerbils or if they have any idea on what to do as a substitute.

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  • Profile photo of Karese

    Over a year ago

    @Whitney-C
    I have sent an email! I am a little worried now that I have looked on the internet some for information. A lot of what I have read says that I should a pair or else he will get lonely and die. It also says that they need to be the either in the same litter or introduced before they are 5 weeks.

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    Well done for saving him, and trying to save his companions.

    As well as the PETA site, I’d suggest checking this one out too:
    http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-health-advice/gerbils

    Even though you don’t have a vet nearby, I still agree with @Whitney-C, you should take him for a check up, just to ensure he’s ok and has no hidden injuries. That long trip will be worth it (I live in a very rural area and have to do similar trips to the vet with my animal companions) for your peace of mind and for his well being.

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  • Profile photo of Karese

    Over a year ago

    There is not a vet in town that will see him, the closest is around an hour and a half away. That is the problem I ran into with my lizard and he ended up dying as a result.

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      Over a year ago

      You should definitely make that trip and get him in to see someone. Like @LittleLotte said, it will be worth it to make sure he’s OK (which he definitely might not be if he was tossed on the side of the road). We can actually help you look into vets nearby, if that will help. Can you send his story and all other info (and pics, too, if you can) to us at CIDinfo@peta.org? Just let me know once you’ve e-mailed us, and I can make sure someone follows up with you quickly!

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  • Profile photo of Whitney-C

    Staff

    Over a year ago

    WOW, that poor fella/lady is so lucky you found her/him! So sad the other gerbil friends didn’t survive long enough to receive care. This type of situation is so heartbreaking (people dumping animals when they grow tired of them), but we see it happen every day, it seems.

    We have a bit of info on caring for gerbils on our website: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/facts-gerbils-hamsters/. What I’d definitely suggest, though, is taking him/her to the vet to be checked out, and the vet can then give you some guidance with any other questions you may have about caring for him/her. Do you already have plans to take the gerbil in for a check-up?

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