How Do You Comfort A Dying Gerbil?

It’s always really unfortunate when you know that one of your little gerbils is dying.

Even though it can be tough, you still have to do your best to try to comfort them. But how do you comfort a dying gerbil?

To comfort a dying gerbil you should give them a lot of love and affection and pet and talk to them as often as you can. They will also find comfort in their favorite treats and if they seem cold do your best to warm them up.

Dealing with this kind of unfortunate loss is always going to be hard though.

However, you still have to try to comfort them and any of your other gerbils while still making sure to take care of yourself while you’re going through this.

Comforting A Dying Gerbil

Gerbils are really sweet and loving pets. Which is why it makes it really hard on us owners when we know for sure that they’re dying.

In this type of situation, it’s best to think about your gerbil and what they need so that you can make them feel as comfortable as possible.

That means that even though this is a really sad time, you should still try to comfort your dying gerbil as best as you can. So when it comes to comforting your gerbil, the first thing that you can do is spoil them.

Spoiling your gerbil with a lot of love and affection can make them feel like they’re not fully alone which can make them very happy.

If your gerbil is the type that likes to be petted then you can do that for them as well. While you’re petting them try to do it in a really gentle way.

You can also talk to them while you are petting them as long as it’s in a soft tone. The next thing that you can do to comfort your gerbil is to give them their favorite treats if they’ll still take them from your hand.

If they don’t seem interested in their treats or don’t take them from your hand, then you can just place it close to them so that they can easily get to it.

Gerbils can get really cold when they’re dying, so you can comfort them by trying to warm them up.

This can be done with a good heat lamp or by placing a safe heat mat close by.

You can also warm them up by placing a warm water bottle next to the part of the cage that they’re in.

Is There Anything You Can Do To Try To Save A Dying Gerbil?

One of the first things that owners think of when their little pet is passing away is how can they try to save they’re dying gerbil.

Unfortunately, gerbils don’t live that long and unless you know for certain that they’re dying from something that can actually be fixed, there aren’t too many options for trying to save them.

That being said, one of the best ways that you can try to save your dying gerbil is to take them to the vet.

Veterinarians are experts in their field and they can give you their professional opinion on what you can do for your little pet.

In some cases, they’ll be able to tell you what’s wrong with them and sometimes even offer recommended treatments for your specific situation.

Another thing that you can do is try to restore their energy. So if you notice that your gerbil can’t move as far as they used to, then what you can do is put their food and water closer to them.

That way they won’t have to struggle as hard to be able to still eat and drink and that may help re-establish their energy.

Even if that only prolongs their life for a little bit more, it’s still worth it to try.

What Should You Do For A Dying Gerbil?

Gerbils are very special pets and no doubt this is a really unfortunate time for you and them, so what should you do with a dying gerbil?

The very first thing that you should do for your dying pet is to make sure that they’re as comfortable as they can possibly be.

You can do that by keeping them warm when they’re cold and making sure that they have a clean cage and enough bedding so that they’ll be able to sleep peacefully.

You can also try to minimize any loud noises that may be able to bother them while they’re resting as well.

The next thing that you can do for your gerbil is to give them a lot of attention. Giving your gerbil some attention every now and then is normal.

However, because you know that they are about to pass away you should spend more time with them than you usually would.

You can do that by just being near them so that they know that you’re there and you can even speak to them in a soothing tone. That can really relax them.

One thing that you should not do is try to pick them up or play with them too often.

This is especially the case when you can tell that they don’t have enough energy to move around that much.

If you have another gerbil or other gerbils in the cage with them don’t forget to check to see how they’re doing as well.

It can be really easy to only focus on the one that is dying but your other gerbils may be grieving and you’ll want to make sure that they’re alright too.

Dealing With The Loss Of A Pet Gerbil

Losing any pet is hard, especially when they’re as small and cute as gerbils are. So even though it can be difficult, you should still try to mentally prepare yourself for when they eventually pass on.

This is really important for your mental health, so try not to forget to take care of yourself when you’re grieving over the loss of your pet gerbil.

It’s natural to experience a lack of energy, some form of depression,  and it’s even normal to cry.

You should never feel bad about letting your feelings out as long you’re doing it in a healthy way.

If you need further help with dealing with the loss of your pet, then there are some resources that you can try as well.

There are books that you can download like How to ROAR: Pet Loss Grief Recovery and there are even online support groups and forums that you can join that’ll help guide you through your loss.

Lastly, when it comes to dealing with the death of a pet gerbil something that will really help is spending some time with any of your other remaining gerbils.

You’ll be able to comfort them and they’ll be able to comfort you while you’re both grieving.

That’ll make it easier for you and your other gerbils to be able to get through this very unfortunate situation.


Hi, I'm Mason, I've kept small animals as pets since I was 8 years old. I love to learn and talk about them basically every day. Over the years I've adopted small pets like hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs.

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