If you’ve been trying to figure out what a good pet for your child or children might be, perhaps you should consider getting a gerbil. Gerbils are cute, easy to care for, and they are a bit more cuddly compared to other types of pets, particularly reptiles. There are many reasons why they make great pets for kids, but we’ll detail only 3, and then move on to some of the other aspects you ought to bear in mind, such as housing, bedding, and food.
Because they are docile and mild-mannered, gerbils very rarely feel the need to scratch or bite anyone, and when they do, they are usually attacked or feel threatened. Because they are unlikely to injure kids, they make great buddies for kids. However, parents have to pay attention whenever the child is handling the gerbil as it is a frail animal and might be injured by the kid. In fact, one should never pick a gerbil up by its tail as it might end up broken or ripped off the gerbil’s body.
Ease of care
One of the best things about gerbils is that they require little to nothing in the way of care. They typically live in the desert, which is why they need less water compared to other animals, and that’s why their urination frequency is lower. What this means is that you’ll have to change the bedding somewhat rarely.
Gerbils love to be social, and because they are nocturnal animals, they might have less of interest for social interaction during the day. It is, therefore, a good idea to get your gerbils in pairs to prevent boredom. Every evening, you can play with them because they are far more active during the night.
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Aspen shavings make a good choice when it comes to gerbil bedding. Keep in mind that you should try to avoid pine and cedar bedding to ensure that your pet’s health is on par. To remain happy, gerbils have to dig a lot, so they need plenty of bedding. Change it at least every fortnight to avoid any smells.
Aside from sunflower seeds, gerbils can eat pretty much whatever pet hamsters can. Seed mixes alone are great, but because they do not provide the necessary nutrients, we also suggest getting pelleted food. You can use a ceramic dish to place the food, but try to be realistic and understand that one of the greatest pleasures of gerbils is burying it in their bedding. Water should be provided by a hanging bottle. Just make sure that the nozzle of the bottle is a bit higher than the usual because otherwise, the gerbil might be able to bury it.