It’s the most exciting moment: gotcha day. How did you pick your gerbils? Or did they pick you?!
Whether you went for the pet shop, breeder or ‘adopt don’t shop’ option, there’s a lot to look out for. Gerbil guides usually mention the following:
- bright, clear eyes
- clean, smooth coat
- no discharge from eyes, nose, ears or under tail
- no clicking noises
- alert, active and curious behaviour
This list has always worked well for me.
“Of course she picked me. I’m adorable!”
“Woo hoo! Loving my new home. And Pithy’s here too!”
Pithy and Boon I adored from the word go. Pithy didn’t stop zooming around and Boon ran right up to say hello. Smitten!
One surprising thing though … their personalities in the shop didn’t translate at home. So Boon was bold in the shop but shy at home, and Pithy vice versa. Have you had this experience? They can take a while to settle into themselves.
I love that gerbils live in pairs or groups and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t know about you, but I think there’s nothing cuter than snuggling gerbs!
Remember to get the pet shop or breeder to double-check whether your gerbils are male or female. Unless you’re secretly hoping to hear the pitter patter of baby paws…
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