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Juno

Shaw's Jird

Overall satisfaction

1/5

Acquired: Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Appearance

2/5

Friendly

1/5

Easy to handle

2/5

Activity level

3/5

Visibility

3/5

Health

2/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to provide habitat

4/5

Beware of previously owned gerbils

By

United States

Posted Jun 01, 2015

We were at the local pet store one day, and Juno was in a cage with a sign that said "adopt me, 1yr? female gerbil" so of course we did. Unfortunately, juno's previous owners either weren't very nice to her or didn't train her beyond to know what 'no' means. She was adorable and an exciting pet to have, but I'm not sure I would ever get a pre owned gerbil again. She had a mean demeanour and would often bite and scratch when handled. I'm not saying that all gerbils are this way, in fact I think that they would likely make an easy pet to have in a family due to how easy it is to care for gerbils. It was probably Juno being Juno that made her the way she was in part, and I've known other gerbils who were kind and inquisitive and generally (according to their owners) amazing pets. The other positive thing I have to say about gerbils is that they don't require a lot of space. Sure, they need room to move around and have a decent sized habitat, but because they are so small its relative size doesn't have to be incredibly large either. Juno was nocturnal (I don't know if that's true for all gerbils..) so if you don't want to hear running and scratching noises all night long, a gerbil may not be for you. I don't mean to cloud your opinion of gerbils in general, this is just my experience. I urge you to get to know your gerbil a bit before you actually move it into your house so that you have a good idea of what you'll be getting into

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