Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14
Rated 4 out of 5 by USMC Furry and friendly, but comparable to Houdini
They are so cute and friendly. I purchased two adorable little girls a few weeks ago. They do go through phases where they will nibble on me, but it doesn't hurt and it's only for about a day out of two weeks. They are never really awake or asleep at the same time each day/night, so some nights it will be silent and others I will hear them running around. They like to redecorate the tank, so whatever setup you have, expect it to end up being completely different the next day. Unfortunately one of the two gerbils had been obsessed with finding a way out. She hasn't yet, but she has figured out a way to squeeze herself between the top of the water bottle and the mesh lid to the tank. She is the only gerbil out of the two who does this, and I think this is more of a personal behavior issue rather than an issue for all gerbils.
They climb up my arm and sit on my hands, and after doing this for about a week, they've reduced the amount that they have peed and pooped in my hand.
All in all, they are great small pets. They're friendly, they aren't noisy, they don't fight, and they're easy to care for. However, I would watch for behavioral issues. Also, make sure the tank (or cage) is very secure.
October 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nrspat Gotta love 'em!
I have had gerbils for about 15 years now, and I can highly recommend them as pets! They are social -- when I come home they actually come out to greet me -- never bite unless afraid or mishandled -- and are not solely nocturnal, so they are often awake during the day. I've found most of my gerbils to be awake and asleep on about 4-5 hour intervals. They'll be awake 4 or 5 hours, then asleep the same. But if they're asleep and I call them, they'll usually come out to see what's going on. And they invariably come out when company comes to see what's happening and who's here! With gentle handling they will learn to sit on your hand, your shoulder, etc., and make wonderful pets. They deserve the place hamsters seem to have! Don't be turned off by their cute tails! They are light and covered with hair, unlike rat tails. Their only cons: they are susceptible to human colds and can get sick -- and live only about 3 years. I wish they lived longer! Oh, and as for messiness - they don't drink much because they are originally desert animals, so mostly they have dry little pellets for stool that have little odor and don't urinate often because they don't drink much. But you always have to have water and food there for them, of course!
October 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mybubbles The sweetest small rodents
I have wanted Gerbils for as long as I can remember because they remind me of squirrels. I just got two females from the same litter and they are incredibly smart. Working on hand training them but they are very trusting. I had hamsters growing up and they were big time biters - I bled many times from bites from them. Gerbils are not at all like them! One of my girls nibbles every now and then but never hard enough to hurt. It says they are active during the day but I find that not to be 100% true. Mine are more active at night, running on the wheel for hours. Be careful as they are bug chewers!!! I got one of the CritterTrail cages for them and they have destroyed the plastic food dish that came with it.
September 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robertj Best pet i've owned
My sons got their 2 female gerbils in february 2015 and so far, they have been the coolest, most active pets that we have owned. I would recommend gerbils because they are so playful and energetic and they are great for kids.
September 2, 2015