You can buy a pet from a variety of sources including breeders, pet shops and rescue centres.
Cost of keeping a gerbil
In addition to the initial cost of buying a hamster, don't forget about ongoing costs such as food and bedding.
Choosing a gerbil
Before you buy a gerbil it’s wise to think long and hard about whether your new pet will suit your personality and lifestyle. Considerations should include:
- Whether you’d like to purchase a male or female?
- Does the gerbil you’re considering suit your home, family etc?
- Are you prepared to play with your gerbil?
- Lastly, whether you can afford to keep a pet
The secret to choosing a gerbil is to do lots of research and it’s also advisable to find out more about potential health problems and characteristics.
There are 110 species of gerbil.
Hints and tips on new ownership
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to purchase a gerbil, do a bit of planning so that your pet’s first days in his new home are as easy and pleasurable as possible.
Equipment for your gerbil should include a cage or terraria big enough for pets to run around in and food and water bowls or bottles
Buy some pet food for your gerbil. Complete food provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions.