With guinea pigs and gerbils both being rodents, then one question that may be going through your mind, especially if you’ve stumbled upon this post, is ‘can guinea pigs and gerbils live together’?
To understand whether they can or not, its good to understand a bit more about gerbils and their characteristics.
Here are some facts about gerbils
In some ways gerbils are very similar to guinea pigs. The way they love to chew things, squeak, groom each other, snuggle up to each other, and are social animals are just a few of their similarities.
But in a lot of other ways they are very different. Their diet is the most noticeable difference, with gerbils eating seed mixes as opposed to the guinea pig’s hay and veggie diet.
Although they are both social creatures, there is absolutely no guarantee that they will get along and it will probably scare them both to be put in the same vicinity as each other.
So it is not a good idea to put guinea pigs and gerbils together as they have much different behavioural characteristics to be safe around each other.
If you want to see whether they will get along in the same vicinity for a short period then this needs to be done with close supervision, but it is not recommended.
They are best kept apart in different environments where they can live with their own kind.