Hamsters vs. Gerbils

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If you want an easy pet, try a rodent! You walk into a pet store, and you see cage after cage of mice and rats and guinea pigs and more. You might be overwhelmed with the choices.

If you want an easy pet, try a rodent! You walk into a pet store, and you see cage after cage of mice and rats and guinea pigs and more. You might be overwhelmed with the choices. I would suggest a hamster or a gerbil. I have both, and here's some things I learned about these fuzzball companions.

 

Hamsters are slow and lazy. They sleep all day, so they are not very exciting to watch. But hamsters are easy to catch and you can hold them. Hamsters should be alone, or they will fight each other.

 

Gerbils are hyper and are very exciting to watch. You can watch them chew through cardboard boxes, run around, and dig at the sides of the cage. Gerbils have to have a gerbil friend, so it's cute to watch them cuddle and clean each other. But, they are way too active, and are hard to catch and hold. I have seen in gerbil books them being held, but I have found that they will try to jump out of your hands.

 

You can't go wrong having a gerbil or a hamster, but both have their downsides and triumphs. If you want a pet to hold, choose a hamster, and if you want a pet that's fun to watch, choose a gerbil. Either way, you're going to love your new pet!