Do Gerbils and Rabbits Get Along? (Will They Fight Each Other?)

Do Gerbils and Rabbits Get Along

Just imagine:

You've got a gerbil and a rabbit, and you want them to be buddies, but you're not sure if that's even possible. 😊

Will they be the best of friends or sworn enemies?

Let's dive into the ultimate question of gerbil-rabbit compatibility.

Keep reading!

The Benefits of Keeping Gerbils and Rabbits Together

Gerbils and rabbits are awesome little pets. They're friendly, clever, and make great pals.

In fact, they have a lot in common when it comes to their social and emotional needs.

That's why it's not a bad idea to let gerbils and rabbits hang out.

But hold up!

Remember this...

Rabbits and gerbils shouldn't be each other's main buds.

I mean, rabbits need rabbit friends and gerbils need gerbil buddies.

The Benefits of Keeping Gerbils and Rabbits Together
Keepin' gerbils and rabbits together can be great for both of you. They can learn a lot from each other's behavior and it keeps things interesting. Plus, it helps fight boredom, keeps their minds sharp, and makes 'em more social, as long as you follow the rules - like good housing and watchin' 'em when they're hangin' out.

It's all about having the right crew.

So while gerbils and rabbits can chill together and have some fun, they still need companions of their own kind.

Here's how it works...

When you bring home multiple gerbils or rabbits, you create a loving gang that satisfies their social and emotional cravings.

Plus, they can play, interact, and keep each other entertained.

But remember...

Make sure the housing size is suitable for both species, and provide separate spaces where they can retreat and feel safe.

And hey 👋, keep an eye on how they get along to avoid any potential harm.

Having several animals of the same species means happy gerbils and rabbits.

So give them their own crew and watch as they thrive with companionship.

Main points I'll expand upon further down this article:

  1. Gerbils and rabbits are separate species with different needs and behaviors.
  2. Gerbils can display signs of stress, but grooming each other is normal.
  3. Personality is a key factor in whether gerbils and rabbits can get along.
  4. Supervised interaction is possible, but there is a risk of injury.
  5. Gerbils can become pregnant around male rabbits, so caution is needed.
  6. Successful interactions have been observed between rabbits and cats.
  7. Familiarize gerbils and rabbits with each other's presence before meeting.
  8. Supervision and neutral territory are important during face-to-face meetings.
  9. Use exercise balls and keep animals in separate enclosures to ensure safety.

But here's the surprising truth about gerbils and rabbits coexisting...

Understanding Gerbil and Rabbit Behavior

Gerbils and rabbits, being prey animals, might be wary of each other at first.

But with the right introductions and supervision, they can coexist peacefully. If your gerbil starts biting or scratching their cage, don't worry. That's just their way of dealing with stress. On the other hand, grooming each other is perfectly normal behavior for gerbils.

Understanding Gerbil and Rabbit Behavior
You gotta get how gerbils and rabbits act. For gerbils, give them some hiding places so they feel cozy together.

Whether gerbils and rabbits get along well depends on their individual personalities.

So, take their unique traits into consideration, and they just might form a harmonious bond.

Note: If you're curious about whether gerbils can be toilet trained, check out my article on Can Gerbils Learn to Use the Toilet. Discovering if they can be trained is an exciting and hopeful milestone in gerbil ownership. I encourage you to explore this subject further and see what you can learn.

The Differences Between Gerbils and Rabbits

Gerbils and rabbits might seem alike, but there are some important things to know:

  1. How they behave: Gerbils like to burrow, while rabbits prefer digging, so their homes should match their preferences.
  2. Where they live: Gerbils do well in tanks or gerbilariums where they can burrow and explore. Rabbits, on the other hand, need more room to roam and be active.
  3. Their classifications: Rabbits belong to the lagomorphs, while gerbils are part of the Rodentia family.
  4. Size matters: Gerbils are smaller than rabbits, so they don't need as much space.
  5. No crossing paths: Because of their different habitats and natural distributions, gerbils and rabbits don't interact with each other.

Knowing these differences will help you set up a suitable living environment for both gerbils and rabbits.

It ensures that they can thrive in their own spaces without any problems.

The Differences Between Gerbils and Rabbits
Rabbits need lots of fiber in their diet, so you can't just feed them gerbil food. You should give them fresh hay, veggies, and rabbit pellets instead. Also, be careful with those little gerbils because rabbits might accidentally hurt them since they're much bigger.

But here’s the thing...

Even with their differences, you might be wondering if gerbils and rabbits can still coexist as friends in the same enclosure.

Well, let me tell you, the answer is not that straightforward!

Let's dive deeper into the potential challenges that arise when these two adorable creatures share a living space...

Potential Challenges of Keeping Gerbils and Rabbits Together

Potential Challenges of Keeping Gerbils and Rabbits Together
Give each gerbil and rabbit their own space within the same area so you can ensure they have their own spots to chill but still hang out together. That way, nobody's nesting instinct gets messed with and they can still enjoy each other's company under your watchful eye.

Here are 11 potential challenges to consider when keeping gerbils and rabbits together:

  1. Gerbils have a nesting instinct that can disrupt a rabbit's living space.
  2. Sharing an enclosure may increase the risk of injury if they get frightened.
  3. Both animals being prey species may feel threatened by each other.
  4. Rabbits may attack gerbils out of self-defense or territorial behavior.
  5. Female gerbils can become pregnant if exposed to male rabbits.
  6. Bullying among gerbils may indicate declanning or trivial fights.
  7. Gerbils should not be given rabbit food as it contains items they do not need.
  8. Aggressive or territorial rabbits may not get along with small animals like gerbils or rats.
  9. Successful interactions between rabbits and cats have been observed, but caution is still advised.
  10. Interactions between rabbits and dwarf hamsters depend on the specific situation.
  11. In general, rabbits can easily harm gerbils intentionally.

Making informed decisions about keeping gerbils and rabbits together becomes possible by taking into account these challenges.

Tips for Introducing Gerbils and Rabbits

When introducing gerbils and rabbits, there are a few tips to ensure a smooth process:

  1. Start by placing the gerbil and rabbit in separate habitats near each other. This allows them to become familiar with the scent and presence of the other animal before directly interacting.
  2. Supervise their interactions to prevent any potential harm or aggression. You need to be cautious during this stage.
  3. Familiarize both gerbils and rabbits with each other's presence before allowing them to meet face-to-face. This can be done by swapping bedding between their habitats or letting them see each other through a mesh barrier.
  4. When it's time for an actual introduction, do so in separate habitats initially. Provide hiding places and toys for safety.
  5. Choose a neutral territory without cages for meetings. This helps ensure a smooth introduction between the animals.

Every animal is unique, and some may take longer to adjust than others.

Tips for Introducing Gerbils and Rabbits
When it comes to rabbits getting along, you gotta remember that they're territorial critters. So, give 'em each a safe space where they can chill. Also, keep an eye on those litter boxes because bunnies can get pretty possessive about 'em. Introduce new ones slowly and watch how they react, got it?

Be patient and observant throughout the process to ensure the well-being of both your gerbil and rabbit.

Attention: If you're curious about how many gerbils can live in one cage, check out my article on How Many Gerbils Can Live in One Cage. I advise you to take a look if you're feeling hopeful but uncertain about this topic. Trust me, I've got you covered.

But how do you create a suitable environment for gerbils and rabbits to interact?

Find out in the next section!

Creating a Safe Environment for Gerbils and Rabbits

Provide hiding spots and toys for personal space

When you set up a space for gerbils and rabbits to play together, ensure there are plenty of hiding spots, tunnels, and toys.

This gives them their own areas and a place to go when they need some time alone.

But here's the deal...

You need to watch over them while they play to keep them safe.

You see, gerbils are small, but rabbits can get a little too excited sometimes.

So, keep an eye on them to prevent accidents or injuries.

Use exercise balls instead

While it's not a good idea for your gerbil and rabbit to be in the same enclosure (trust me), they can stay in the same room.

To keep the gerbil safe during playtime, consider giving them a plastic ball to explore inside.

Creating a Safe Environment for Gerbils and Rabbits
Give your gerbil a bunch of toys like wooden blocks, tunnels, and chew sticks. They’ll keep you little furry buddy happy and stop them from gnawing on stuff they shouldn’t be, like wires or furniture.


Well, rabbits have strong back legs, and we don't want any accidental injuries happening to those cute gerbils.

So, the ball will protect our little friends while still letting them get some exercise.

Secure the rabbit's cage and monitor interactions

Having enough space is important for both gerbils and rabbits.

And to prevent unwanted visitors like pesky rats from getting in, make sure to secure the rabbit's cage properly.

Creating a Safe Environment for Gerbils and Rabbits
Put gerbils and rabbits in separate spaces using mesh or wire. It gives them their own turf and makes for peace, 'cause you don't want them fighting or getting stressed out.

Always keep an eye on their interactions...

No matter how well they usually get along, things can change quickly.

Don't leave them alone together and be ready to separate them if needed.

It's all about creating a safe and enjoyable environment for both of these adorable critters.

Let their interactions bring joy and excitement, while ensuring they're always safe.

And that's all for today, folks!

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-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!