PLEASE HELP lonely gerbil

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May 29th, 2009 18:22
Illinois
MW1991
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I've had two female gerbils for about a year and a half. Yesterday, one of them died. The other one just sleeps all day and seems depressed. I know she's lonely. What should I do? Getting a new gerbil is out of the question and she has a tendency to bite sometimes.
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June 9th, 2009 22:45
Illinois
gerbillvr7
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Handling the gerbil more often can help a lonely gerbil feel not as lonely.
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June 10th, 2009 15:35
Maryland
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You can provide company without the biting & fighting by getting a larger cage or tank - 24 to 30 inches wide - & splitting the cage into 2 parts with a wire wall (see link).
   
Set up duplicate gerbil worlds.
   
Buy either 1 or a pair of new female gerbils. Put your gerbil in one part & the new female gerbil(s) in the other part.
   
If you get a new pair of girls, there won't be another lonesome gerbil later; get litter mates.
   
They can look at each other thru the wire, nobody gets bitten, & nobody is entirely alone - even if your gerbil will be annoyed & irritated. But she won't be lonely.
   

   
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