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Gerbil Fight Club

Your tell all guide to gerbil fighting.

By Jessica Cordia

Gerbils are naturally social creatures that like to live with other gerbils. As a gerbil owner, you might have several gerbils living together harmoniously. They play with each other, take naps together and probably gossip about last night’s episode of 24. But like Jack and Nina, gerbils are notorious for fighting.

Detect The Fight
Gerbils make it obvious when they fight. If you are in the room, you will hear vocalizations alerting you to the fight. If you are out of the room, look for signs of fighting when you return. Gerbils like to fight along their back sides, so check for hair loss, blood, scabs and bites along their backs. Your gerbils might have tail scabs too.

Handle The Fight
Bill Guerra, DVM at The Animal Doctor in Broomfield, Colo. said that when gerbils fight, they usually won’t stop until death. When gerbils throw fisticuffs, you need to intervene immediately. Put each gerbil into two separate homes. They can calm down, and you can prevent a death match. Don’t put the two gerbils back into the same cage after they’ve calmed down. The two contenders don’t like each other, and they want the other one dead. Returning them to the same cage will only bring back the mayhem.

Prevent The Fight
Gerbils are social creatures that actually want cage mates. The best way to find compatible gerbils is to cage them together before puberty, which gerbils reach around three to four months of age. “Don’t have male and females caged together because you don’t want them reproducing,” Guerra said. The best cage mates are gerbils that are caged together early on, and that are the same sex.

Relax
Knowing how to detect, handle, and prevent gerbil fights makes caring for these loving creatures more enjoyable. You can relax and play with your pet gerbils, and when Jack sees Nina, you know just what to do.


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want to find homes for all my gerbils.
kelly laporte, lusbymd, MD
Posted: 1/20/2013 3:58:54 PM
I have 4 gerbils ive had them about a year now we got them from my niece they were 3 babies and the mum,my niece thought they were all females but a few weeks ago we notice that there were 4 babies,one has no tail and very small but seem to be doing ok.we noticed today that 2 had blood one was worser then the other one its got blood below the ear and the other one has got it below the neck and on the nose I didn't know what to do we have removed the one that has the most blood on which is the one below the ear and we have just seen some more blood on the back
,ive read about cleaning it with warm boiled water but I don't know what to do next,do I keep it separated for good,they are not new to each other
wayne, International
Posted: 1/16/2013 12:08:08 PM
Hello Irvine, i have done that, my poor chip is very happy to be out of the way of the others. It seem the other two have turned nasty to us too.. but they seem happy just the two of them in the corner, chip is now in the kitchen so when ever any one is in there, she comes out to say hello, all very sad! thank u for Ur help! x bird
bird, london
Posted: 11/15/2012 3:01:06 AM
Bird, I'm sorry that two of your gerbils injured the third. The best options now are to take the injured gerbil to a veterinarian for treatment and then give it a separate home to live in so it won't have to share living quarters with the other two gerbils. Be sure to give it plenty of your attention. Good luck.
Marylou, Irvine, CA
Posted: 11/14/2012 12:38:41 PM
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