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Hi, I'm getting gerbils this summer(I wish my mom didn't make me wait so long)! I just have a few questions. First of all, if I get 2 from a pet store such as Petsmart/Petco, and they're from the same tank in the store, can I put them together when I take them home? Or would they fight? Also, how much should I feed them? I've researched gerbil diets and everything makes it sound confusing.

So please help me out!
~Rosa
 

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If you get two male or two female gerbils from the same cage,they should be fine. It would be a little more difficult to introduce ones from separate cages,unless they are very young.

As for food,I just fill my girl's dish up every morning and they can eat throughout the day or night. They usually don't eat it all in one sitting.
 

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Yes, as long as you have plenty of food in their food dish so they have constant access to it, you will be fine. Also, fresh water in their water bottle every day and make sure they have plenty of ventilation in their house, some hidey huts or tissue boxes for a nice safe place to sleep/hide so they feel secure, and don't forget they LOVE chewing up cardboard, so tissue paper rolls/paper towel rolls cut into some smaller pieces are a joy for gerbils. Tissue boxes also, of course! And gerbils love to get their energy out by exercising on an exercise wheel in their house. Gerbils are so wonderful. I just loved mine so much when I had them. If they both come from the same tank at the petstore they are usual littermates so there should be no problem with any fighting. So glad you are getting two. A single gerbil can get depressed by itself. Gerbils are very social animals and they need a buddy! Enjoy! :)
 

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Two gerbils that seem to be getting along well (Sleeping next to one another, eating by the other, etc.) in a tank in a pet store should be fine together in your tank at home.

As for food, I always make sure they have access to food and fresh water. Although, I pick the sunflower and pumpkin seeds out of their foods and offer them as treats. These tend to be high in fat and my companion gerbils are a little chubby. :)
 

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Why Do Manufacturers Keep Putting Sunflower Seeds in Mix??

Great post earlier about picking the sunflower seeds out of your gerbil's food mix....I have always done the same thing and most knowledgeable owners of gerbils do the same. Sunflower seeds are SO fattening and not good to have in a daily gerbil or small animal diet, yet the makers of gerbil and hamster mixes continue to add sunflower seeds to mixes. Why?? Drives me nuts!
 

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Because if an uneducated person tries a new food and their gerbil likes it, they think, "OH, HE/SHE LIKES IT! :)" But in reality, they're only eating the sunflower seeds. The food I buy has minimal and mainly consists of fruits/veggies and millets.
 

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Thanks for the information! And just one more question. If I pick out the sunflower seeds and use them as treats, will the gerbils eat the healthier stuff instead or will they just make themselves hungry?
 

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You are welcome! To answer your question, I have never had a problem personally with my own gerbils when it comes to them eating their food mix without the sunflower seeds. I always kept their little ceramic food bowl full of gerbil mix (after plucking out most if not all of the sunflower seeds) and they would still eat their food. Plus, I used to also give them daily treats like a small amount of fruits/veggies, plain Cheerios, sometimes a little tiny dish of their favorite baby food (for a nice dessert) but they would still enjoy eating their gerbil mix from their dish every day. I think you will be fine!
 

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Okay :) All of you gerbil people please add me, so if I ever need help I can message you.
 

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Good choice there! But, make sure while you're at a petshop, to give them a full exam. You can find how to do this on most Gerbil info sites, even though they suggest you get some from a breeder, although I got my from PetSmart. Also, the cage has to have a deep tray to dig and such or get a 10 gallon aquarium.
 

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I haven't had any issues with my gerbils NOT eating everything else with the fatty foods picked out. The only time I don't pick out the fatty foods is if my females are pregnant or nursing. They need all they can get during that time. :)
 
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