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    Should I allow this?

    I just got a gerbil, his name is PJ, My cat has been sitting next to his cage watching him. I don't know if she scares him or if she has any bad intensions. Now, my cat wants to be around him all the time. I'm afraid when I look away she might try to eat him, but they both SEEM to enjoy each other's company. I also feel bad because you are supposed to get gerbils in pairs, so they don't get lonely. What should I do...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timeistherealprob View Post
    I just got a gerbil, his name is PJ, My cat has been sitting next to his cage watching him. I don't know if she scares him or if she has any bad intensions. Now, my cat wants to be around him all the time. I'm afraid when I look away she might try to eat him, but they both SEEM to enjoy each other's company. I also feel bad because you are supposed to get gerbils in pairs, so they don't get lonely. What should I do...?

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    So I'm not sure why no-one responded to this, but I felt the need to do so which is why I made an account XD
    I have two guinea pigs that are perfectly comfortable around my dog. However, I do not allow my dog around the guinea pig cage- because he is a daschund and it is only natural for him to want to catch a creature that burrows and moves extremely fast at times.
    Hamsters, gerbils, bunnies, etc who come from the pet store (I'm assuming that's where you got PJ) are all probably very used to all kinds of animals as they are constantly exposed to them. This is probably why PJ seems comfortable with your cat.
    However, as a general rule, cats and rats, mice, or anything small and furry will look pretty tasty to a cat. There are some unusual instances in which cats and other small creatures get along fine, but I don't think that this happens often enough that you should feel comfortable leaving PJ and your kitty so close together.
    Also- the body language that your cat is using seems to be less relaxed and more aggressive, or.. ready for the chance to snatch PJ, I suppose. But this is just based off of the one picture I see here. A submissive-type posture is what you should be looking for.
    All-in-all, if there is any chance that your cat could get into the cage, I would move it.
    I realize that all animals are different, but I wouldn't take the chance unless you are there to monitor PJ at all times.
    Hope I helped.

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    I wouldn't personally, it might feel intimidated or even worse the cat could get it one day

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    What cage topper is that have they chewed trough it because I have been looking for a cage expander.

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    @[replacer_a] I am sorry about responding so late. I agree with the above post, that your cat is following her natural instinct-as she would catch a mouse. Her posture is showing an interest in "catching that thing". If there is any way your cat can knock the cage off, I would guess she eventually will. If you can secure the cage to the tank so it can't be moved, I would do it. Either that or when you can, buy a two story cage for your gerbil, and get another friend for him/her. You might want to put the gerbil habitat in another room and close the door-at least when you can not watch. The gerbil may like the cat as a friend, but the cat may like the gerbil as prey. In the feline world the female cats are the hunters. Hope this works out okay!

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