Gerbils can be cute pets for little kids. There are different things you will want to consider when purchasing such a pet. The following are some tips for buying gerbils as pets for kids.
Look around at the different pet stores to find gerbils you like. Some pet stores are better than others at having healthy animals. Make sure that you get them from somewhere that you feel that they are healthy and will do well. Also, you want to search around for price. Although gerbils are generally inexpensive animals to buy, they can range somewhat and whatever you can save in this rough economy can be useful. Also, some pet stores may have sales or specials, even on small animals like gerbils. You may be able to save some money that way.
You will need to decide on how many gerbils you want. You are going to want to base this on several factors. First, the more gerbils you get, obviously the more expensive and work it is. If your child does not care for them as they should, you are probably going to be taking up the slack. Also, you will need to make sure that you have a large enough cage for the amount that you want to get. You want to make sure that they are comfortable and have enough room to run around and get exercise. Make sure that you measure so that you get something that will fit well in the space that you have.
When buying gerbils for kids for pets, you may want to buy a book about caring for a gerbil that you can read with your children. Many people use gerbils as a way for kids to learn the responsibility of caring for a pet before getting them a bigger more labor-intensive pet such as a dog or a cat. You should go over with them the things that they will need to do to care for their pet and make them understand that it is their responsibility. You should bring them with you when you are going to look for the gerbils and let them help you pick them out. They are likely to feel more attached to the animals and have a greater sense of pride and responsibility if you give them some choice in the matter. Also make sure that you buy the correct food, accessories, cage and everything else you need to properly care for your child’s new gerbil.