Gerbil curled up in a ball??… Please help!!?

I have had gerbils before… both long gone. I got new ones on Sunday, they are both females and about 2 months old. They are sisters. One of them is sitting very tightly in a ball in the corner of the glass aquarium and the other one is playing around and sometimes getting on top of the one tucked up in a ball. Yeah I have had gerbil babies before but never this problem. Is that one okay?? I don’t want to use the split cage method or have only one gerbil. I’m just kinda scared and I need proof that what you are saying is right.

Update:

PLZ IM FREAKIN SCARED 2 DEATH

PLZ IM FREAKIN SCARED 2 DEATH

Update 2:

okay I’lll try picking her up the other 1 is a lil aggresive tho and bit my friend twice yesterday but ill try picking her up

okay I’lll try picking her up the other 1 is a lil aggresive tho and bit my friend twice yesterday but ill try picking her up

Update 3:

*grits teeth* they are sleeping right now-cant pick em up:(

*grits teeth* they are sleeping right now-cant pick em up:(

Update 4:

Well the one has been sleeping pretty much hardly waking for about 2 days, the other one is running around but she sleeps with that one, I have a little house but they like to sleep near the heater XD

Well the one has been sleeping pretty much hardly waking for about 2 days, the other one is running around but she sleeps with that one, I have a little house but they like to sleep near the heater XD

Update 5:

they rnt gritting their teeth i was just saying that

they rnt gritting their teeth i was just saying that

Update 6:

… no she is not skinny shez got plenty of fluff. Shes not wet at all so its not wet tail… not active at night, but here sis is

… no she is not skinny shez got plenty of fluff. Shes not wet at all so its not wet tail… not active at night, but here sis is

5 answers by real people - Gerbil curled up in a ball??… Please help!!?

  • 1 month ago

    Okay I have worked with gerbils over 3 years and have seen everything, sitting in a ball for that long and not being active is not normal. he could have something called wet-tail which hamsters get put gerbils can get it to because of stress. you need to go to the petstore get dri-tail and follow the directions to put it in the water. check if the gerbil’s bottom is wet, if so it is most likely this but some gerbils dont show this symptom, put some koolaid in the water just to colour it b/c dri-tail has a bitter taste. also the gerbil is probably dehydrated and you should be putting some cheerios, dried oats and veggies soaked with water to see if he eats any of this, you may also have to give him the meds and water by a dropper, if the gerbil is agressive, hold it by the base of the tail and wear gloves, wrap it in a towel, not too tight and give him the meds, it is also contagious so its a good idea for the other gerbil to get the meds in the dish or waterbottle too. gritting their teeth means stressed and in pain so you need to get this meds right away and do the oat thing.

  • K.L.A.S
    1 month ago

    she aint got a clue it is not wet tail i have a 3week old gerbil that is doing the same thing you should pick it up and feel how fat it is if you can feel all the bones clearly then is starving and may be eating but for whatever reason is not putting on the weight you should see if its active at night and i mean 1 2 am onwards if not it needs the vet asap

  • Chef Quiet
    1 month ago

    Sounds like she is sleeping, think about it. If both gerbils do this then it is something common. Actually my hamster does this as well when he doesn’t have his house to curl in and if you were to go to Petco you would see the rodents curling up in a ball in the corner of the cage.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    ok first pick it up and if something happens you may be ok. for more proof that something may be wrong, set up a video camera at the cage and see if something happens. or you could call a vet and maybe he/she could give you some info.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I dont know but take them to the vet just in case!

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