Split-caging a Gerbil

If you have a lonely gerbil and want to find them a friend – you cannot do this without split-caging them first.

This is because gerbils are extremely territorial, and to get them to accept a friend you first have to get them accustomed to the scent and markings of the other gerbil.

Please see the table below for a list of the ease of introductions:

Gerbil 1 Gerbil 2 Difficulty
Adult Male Adult Male Moderate – split cage for at least a fortnight and watch carefully.
Adult Male Male Pup Easy – observe carefully through a barrier first, direct introduction may be possible.
Adult Male 2 male Pups Easy – observe carefully through a barrier first, direct introduction may be possible.
Adult Female Adult Female Very Difficult – if you can, ensure females are a similar size. May take a long time.
Adult Female Female Pup Not recommended – female gerbils are not keen on other pups. Try an adult female instead.
1 just-weaned pup 1 just-weaned pup Simple – unlikely to need any split-caging at all.
Adult Male Adult Female Moderate – Split cage for at least at fortnight. Expect many, many pups. Ensure you have prospective homes before attempting this.

External Links

Crittery’s guide to split-caging

Twin squeaks guide to constructing a split-cage

Bonding and split-caging at Indys Rascals

E-Gerbils guide to split-caging

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