Can Gerbils Get Too Cold? (And How Cold Is TOO Cold?)

Can Gerbils Get Too Cold

Visualize this:

Your sweet little gerbil, shivering in the corner, desperately trying to stay warm.

Your heart sinks as you wonder, can gerbils get too cold? 😰

How cold is too cold?

Don't worry, I've got the answers.

Keep reading.

What Happens When a Gerbil Gets Cold?

But listen up:

Gerbils are tough little creatures.

They've got some tricks up their sleeves to fight the cold.

You see, when gerbils get chilly, they start shaking. Just like you!

Shivering helps them generate heat and maintain a cozy body temperature.

It's Mother Nature's way of giving gerbils a built-in blanket.

However, there's a limit to how much cold gerbils can handle.

And let me tell you, it's not freezing temperatures.

If your gerbil feels cold to you or stops moving completely, something serious might be going on.

It could be a sign of respiratory infections, strokes, heart attacks, or even Tyzzer's disease.

That's really not good, my friend.

Another danger for gerbils in cold environments is hypothermia.

If their cages lack warmth, gerbils can suffer from hypothermia, making them sluggish and affecting their breathing.

What Happens When a Gerbil Gets Cold?
If your gerbil gets cold, they start shaking to warm up. If you notice your gerbil feeling cold or staying still, it could mean something serious like respiratory infections or hypothermia. Keep an eye on their behavior and get help from a vet right away.

That's a definite hint that things need to change right away.

So, what should you watch out for?

Well, any changes in behavior or appearance should raise alarms.

If your gerbil seems inactive, unusually cold, or shows signs of severe illness, it's time to take action and consult a veterinarian.

Gerbils use chirping and squeaking to communicate with each other, and blinking keeps their eyes hydrated and clean.

If those sounds and blinking don't seem right, your gerbil probably needs help.

At the end of the day, you want to keep your gerbil happy and healthy.

Don't hesitate to seek veterinary care when you notice any signs of cold-related health issues.

Because when it comes to gerbils and the cold, it's best to be safe than sorry.

But let me tell you, if your gerbil feels cold or stops moving completely, something serious might be going on.

It's important to take action and seek help.That's why I wrote my blog post on Why Is My Gerbil Cold and Motionless.

Trust me, you'll find it really useful.

You'll discover the reasons behind your gerbil's condition and what steps you should take.

Don't worry, I've got you covered!

Ideal Temperature Range for Gerbils: Avoiding Cold Extremes

Gerbils aren't big fans of cold temperatures, and as warm-blooded mammals, they can be seriously affected by it.

We're talking about the risk of hypothermia and even death. Of course, you don't want that for your little furry buddies, do you?

That's why you should provide them with cozy conditions.

By cozy, I mean a temperature range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Trust me; this is the sweet spot for their well-being.

Now, here's something important for you to know.

Even desert-dwelling gerbils might seem tough, but their territories can still get freezing cold.

Don't underestimate this. Relying on fur alone won't be enough to keep them insulated. You need to lend them a helping hand.

Ensure that the enclosure is not situated directly beneath the sunlight.

That intense sunshine could heat them up like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ideal Temperature Range for Gerbils: Avoiding Cold Extremes
Keep your gerbils cozy by keeping the temperature around 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid putting their home in sunny spots or drafty places. Give them comfy bedding and help them groom, so they stay warm like you do.

And I assume that's not what you had in mind, right?

Of course not!

Keeping gerbils safe and comfortable is your top priority.

So forget about using heat mats.

What you should really worry about are those sneaky cold drafts that can send shivers down their cute spines.

Oh, what a horrifying thought!

So, how can you ensure gerbils laugh at cold weather while sipping a cup of hot cocoa (figuratively, of course)?

Well, it's simple. Keep an eye on the room temperature, provide them with snug bedding, and encourage grooming behavior. These tricks will guarantee their comfort and warmth.

Oh, and one more thing before I go.

Please remember to close that front door tightly.

It's ridiculously cold out there!

And now, let me share with you some fascinating insights on how gerbils survive and thrive in cold weather!

Gerbils' Cold Weather Survival: Limits and Tips

Gerbils have some tricks for surviving in the cold.

Their fur helps keep them warm.

But you should give them extra materials, like shredded paper or bedding mats, to make them even cozier.

Another trick gerbils use is huddling together.

By staying close, they generate more warmth.

Plus, gerbils produce extra body heat by burning up their fat reserves and eating more food.

To stay at the right temperature, they dig deep burrows with multiple entrances and chambers. This lets them use the energy from their food and fat reserves to stay warm.

Living in groups also helps gerbils in the cold.

Being together lets them share body heat.

So, companionship is important for these social creatures.

And speaking of companionship, if you need to introduce two gerbils slowly, you can use the split cage method.

In severe cases, a vet might suggest euthanizing very sick gerbils.

Lastly, remember that gerbils are active but need plenty of sleep.

When gerbils jump around, it could mean different things.

And speaking of extreme cold temperatures, you need to know the limits of gerbils' cold weather survival.

While they have various adaptations to keep warm, prolong exposure to extremely low temperatures can still be fatal for them.

If you suspect that your gerbil may have passed away due to the cold, I will guide you on proper disposal methods to ensure respectful and responsible handling of their remains:

Can a Gerbil Freeze to Death?

Gerbils have adaptations to survive cold environments

Gerbils are these cute fluffy creatures. They have cool tricks to help them stay warm in the cold. Their fur coats are like stylish jackets that keep them cozy. And because their bodies produce heat, they can handle chilly temperatures.

Extremely low temperatures can be fatal for gerbils

Now, even though gerbils have their ways to deal with the cold, there's a limit to what they can handle.

Can a Gerbil Freeze to Death?
Don't let your gerbil freeze—you can warm them up by holding or wrapping them gently.

If it gets too cold for too long, they might not make it.

So, if your gerbil seems less active, slow, or unresponsive when you hold them, something serious could be going on.

It might mean that your gerbil has passed away.

What do you do if your gerbil freezes?

Alright, first things first, we need to see if your gerbil is still alive.

Can a Gerbil Freeze to Death?
Don't let your gerbils freeze to death. Keep their place in a cozy spot, away from the chill and drafts of your home. Toss in extra bedding or put some heat on during winter.


Just touch them gently. If your gerbil feels cold and doesn't respond to your pokes, it's time to say goodbye, unfortunately.

If you find yourself in this sad situation, give your gerbil a respectful farewell.

A proper burial in your yard is a fitting way to honor your beloved pet gerbil. By burying them, you'll ensure they rest undisturbed while returning to nature.

Take good care of those tiny gerbils.

They may be small, but they always warm our hearts.

Gerbil Hibernation Information

Gerbils don't hibernate. They're not like other small mammals in that way. Instead, they can enter a state called torpor when faced with frigid temperatures.

Torpor is like a temporary shutdown for gerbils – their activity and metabolism slow down.

It's nature's way of helping them conserve energy when things get too cold.

So, as the temperature drops, you'll notice your furry friend becoming less active.

Don’t worry—it’s just his way of adapting to the chilly environment.

Gerbils and Cold: A Recap for Caretakers

  1. Low body temperatures can lead to health issues and even death.
  2. Coldness and lack of movement may indicate respiratory infections or other severe health problems.
  3. Hypothermia can cause gerbils to stop moving or breathing.
  4. Symptoms of illness include a runny nose and diarrhea.
  5. Seek veterinary care for sick gerbils.
  6. Gerbils need an optimal temperature range of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Avoid exposing gerbils to direct sunlight or cold drafts.
  8. Encourage grooming behavior to help them stay warm.
  9. Gerbils huddle together and utilize burrows to stay warm.
  10. Companionship is important for gerbils to benefit from each other's body heat.
  11. Gradually introduce gerbils using the split cage method.
  12. Dispose of deceased gerbils responsibly by burying them.
  13. Gerbils become less active in cold weather, but they don't hibernate.

And that's all for today, folks!

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Until next time,

-Alex Amber

Alex Amber

Hi there! I'm Alex, and this is my blog, Gerbil 101. As you've probably guessed by now, this is the go-to blog for all things gerbil, covering topics from gerbil care to food, drink, health, behavior, and so much more. I truly hope you find my care guides useful, as I put a lot of time into writing them!