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.|