I got my boy gerbil yesterday but the only time he will drink water is…

I got my boy gerbil yesterday but the only time he will drink water is when I feed it to them in a bowl. He does not seem to know how to work his water bottle yet he had the exact same one at Petsmart. Is this normal?

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Kelly Furgason
5 years ago

Hello,

I’d be willing to bet that your gerbil is using the bottle. Also gerbils do not use water as much as other rodents so you may go quite awhile without seeing him drink. But just to be safe keep a small shallow dish of water- put it under or near the bottle . 

I’ve had hundreds of rodents and never seen one not learn to use a bottle but better safe than sorry so when in doubt use a shallow dish for water

Enjoy your new pet!!

-Kelly