Are Gerbils Good Pets?
YES! Here are some of the reasons why (as stated by our children):
They are not stinky and are easy to clean up after. Since they are desert creatures, they have very little pee and poop. Not even their bedding gets stinky.
They are diurnal (not nocturnal). They are awake when you are awake so you can play with them. And they won’t keep you awake at night.
Friendly and Fun
They are really friendly and fun to watch and play with. Our gerbils are hand-tamed so they will climb on your hands, arms - and head if you let them!
Easy to Care For
They are easy to care for. They do not require much room, just a 10-gallon tank that you only have to clean once a month or so, a bit of food, water and cardboard.
Good Pets For Kids
They are good pets for kids (recommended for responsible 8+ year-olds), and easy for parents whose kids may end up being less responsible than anticipated.
The cost is relatively low - financially and timewise. As gerbils generally live 3 - 5 years, the length of commitment is not as great as getting a dog or cat.
Who We Are
Springs Gerbils is a kid-owned (parent-supervised) hand-tamed gerbil breeding kennel in Colorado Springs.
Gerbils are the perfect pet! They are easy to take care of and lots of fun to watch and play with.
Gerbils vs Hamsters?
People often ask about the difference between gerbils and hamsters. They are similar little guys, with a few significant differences.
- Diurnal (awake during the day)
- Live in family groups
- Curious, will come to your hand
- Live a little longer
- Physically a bit longer with a long tail
- Stand on their hind legs
- Quick and active
- Chew on everything
- Do best in a glass tank
- A bit less active (easier to catch)
- More prone to biting
- More easily startled
- Shorter body, short tail
- Chew to explore, but then leave it alone
- Can stuff their cheeks full of food
- Can do well in a variety of cages