How Long do Gerbils Live as Pets?

There are more than a hundred species of gerbils living in the wild, all with varying life spans.

However, in captivity, pet gerbils normally live for 3-5 years.

But some breeds can live to up to 8 years.

The life span of any pet, gerbils included, depends a lot on genetic factors. But it also depends a whole lot on things like quality of food, diseases, stressful environment, exercise, and so on.

So what can you do to make your gerbil friend live longer?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Provide your gerbil with organic high-quality food and snacks.
  2. Constant access to fresh water is a must.
  3. Exercising daily is important. It’s healthy for the body, and great for mental stimulation as well.
  4. Make sure the cage is safe, and place it in a quiet room. Stress and lack of sleep is unhealthy.
  5. Cleanliness is vital for a gerbil to avoid getting sick. Clean the cage thoroughly and regularly.
  6. If you suspect your gerbil to be sick, contact a veterinarian.

Good luck! 🙂

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