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sarahnash news 2 - Introducing George the gerbil

In my many visits to the vet when I walked through the Pets At Home store I spied a lone gerbil in the adoption section. His story was varied; someone bought him but he fought with their existing gerbils and they brought him back or someone brought him and several other rodents in because they couldn’t look after them all. He had lost a bit of his tail. I know gerbils shouldn’t live alone but he was about 2 years and had been alone for a while. I wasn’t looking for a gerbil but I adopted him anyway! I know they shouldn’t live alone but he is about 2 years and had been alone for a while. I am not considering getting him friends and going through an introduction.
He is getting on well and getting friendly. He comes out to say hello whenever I am there and likes being hand fed. He has a nice tank I think. He has the long Detolf where the wild mice lived and then Teddy the hamster, so a nice deep digging area. He also has a sand bath and a wooden wheel. And many egg cartons which he enjoys shredding. I figure he might be better alone with me than alone staying in the shop.
Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.

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  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 1,037
    I am absolutely certain he'll be better with you than in the shop, Sarah. He's going to have a wonderful, luxurious lifestyle and he's probably used to his own company now anyway.
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,316
    LOVE gerbils!  :\">  At his age Sarah, your only hope would be introducing a baby boy(s) under 10 weeks old to an adult male, but it`s not something I would even attempt to be honest because (a) you don`t truly know what his background is especially at his age and (b) he may well have lost his tail due to de-gloving or from being bullied by others in his `clan`. So he could well be a subordinate nature which is a positive, but `ve had single gerbils myself either due to being bullied or from a cagemate passing. 

    They do like routine and a wee run about on the floor as long as you have a secure area! gerbils find gaps and holes you wouldn`t believe! He will be spoiled with you so don`t worry. He will be a good shredding machine!

    What colour is he? Males gerbils have a scent gland on the tummy that they `rub` over objects. Gently run your finger over this just to check for any crustiness or small pimples to check for any scent gland tumours forming. It`s just precautionary but something you may not know about that gerbils can get. They are easily removed by a vet but if they do happen, are best removed while small. Just a wee tip for you!
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 360
    George is a grey-chinchilla colour. He is such a social chap and does like to come out and gets to run around the floor. I have hopefully blanked off any places I don’t want him (or Teddy) to go. He gets really narked when I make him go back to his tank. He stands up and puts his head through the wire holes and stamps his feet.
    Mum to ratties Bosley, Ruby, Emily and Jean, Teddy the hamster and George the gerbil.
    Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills and Charlie the gentle-man Rat.
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,316
    Gerbils are little meerkats really!  X( I had such adventures with my lads and one special little male called Grub. He was the sweetest little man. Some gerbils can be bossy while some are like little people who crave attention. I`m sure George will be appreciating his new home and living a better life. x
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