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Maddie asked in PetsRodents · 1 decade ago

do gerbils get along with any other small aanimals?

im about to get a new pet gerbil and i want to get it a friend , but i want a different kind of animal. i can get a anouther gerbil but if you know any others please tell me!

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    No, do not mix species. Besides the fact that they could attack each other (rats eat smaller rodents in the wild!) different species need different care.

    The dietary requirements of gerbils are very different from rats or mice, and slightly different from hamsters (hamsters do best with 15-20% protein, while non-breeding gerbils should only have 12% protein), even though many commercial mixes are marketed as "hamster/gerbil".

    Gerbils need to be able to burrow, and do best in glass tanks with 4-6" of bedding. Many other rodents need to be in cages instead of tanks, because they produce more ammonia fumes and need the extra ventilation.

    Do yourself and your pet a favor, and get another gerbil, not some other kind of animal.

    Source(s): 15 years keeping gerbils, including 7 years of breeding Rat diet: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/account... Hamster diet: http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/1... Gerbil diet: http://www.egerbil.com/gerbil_food_mixes#fats
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  • 1 decade ago

    Gerbils are very territorial animals and do not even except other gerbils into their clan without careful introduction. Your best bet is to get another gerbil and introduce with the split cage method. Remember that gerbils will not always get along with unrelated gerbils, so be prepared for intros to fail and have to house two gerbils apart.

    If you have not gotten the gerbil yet, you should get two same sex gerbils from the same litter. Males are much less territorial than females, and tend to de-clan(when an established group begins to fight) a lot less than females. Males are also easier to introduce to unrelated gerbils if de-clanning does occur.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Some gerbils get along with ratlets (fuzzys, babies, whatever you want to call young rats) They are both hyper, can eat the same diet, and are both friendly and rarely bite.

    Of course a same-species friend is always the best, but take your gerbil to the pet shop with you and see what else he/she gets along with.

    If you do decide to get another gerbil buy them at the same time, they will probably already know each other which will save you the process of introducing them.

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    1 decade ago

    I would get him a friend, but I would get multiple gerbils. You could ask a vet or the people at the pet store/shelter you get them from. If you get them from a shelter (try petfinder.com) you can probably get multiple ones together already. Try this site and you may find some more useful info about them. http://www.goosemoose.com/component/option,com_smf...

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would get a gerbil... and buy them together

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  • 1 decade ago

    no

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  • 1 decade ago

    no not really

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