Gerbils make lively, inquisitive, and entertaining pets because of their curious natures. In addition, they produce almost little odour, may be bought in a variety of colours due to the fact that there are over 80 different species, and are less nocturnal than the majority of pet rats.
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Great Large Cage! – Awesome Gerbil home! Wheels roll nice, doors open easily, and were very easy to put together. Tray makes for very easy cleaning, would highly recommend it! A great option for a large cage! It was pretty simple to put together and seems pretty secure. The bars are close enough together for a rat.
It is recommended that gerbils be kept in small groups, and ideally, all of the gerbils in the group should have come from the same litter. This will help to lessen the likelihood of territorial fights, which are common among gerbils. Gerbils can be handled, but it is best to do so for no more than a few minutes at a time because they have a natural tendency to attempt to run away due to their inquisitive nature and desire to investigate their environment.
It is imperative that you do not touch their tails in any way, especially in the area close to the tip. Because the outer skin can be shed and is often shed in order to avoid being eaten by predators, it can be easily detached. Because the tail serves as a source of counterbalance during the natural athletic activity of the gerbil, it is recommended that it be allowed to grow as long as feasible.
Being short-haired, grooming is largely unnecessary with gerbils as they groom themselves fairly effectively, though nails may need checking. However, when handling them, take the opportunity to check skin, fur, ears, etc, for any health concerns.
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A glass aquarium or plastic cage is ideal, with closed sides to prevent debris from being scattered beyond the cage boundaries and a secure but ventilated lid as gerbils are good jumpers thanks to their muscular back legs. Gerbils’ natural habitats are warm so while ventilation is good, draughts are not.
A small plastic cage should be kept in reserve for main cage cleaning or vet visits, etc. Water is best hung from the roof in a syringe-type or gravity-feeding arrangement. Gerbils do not need much water but being inquisitive will drag anything around the floor if the urge takes them. See “Gerbil Toys” below regarding what to include in the cage, but platforms and ladders can also be added to the list as further entertainment for the gerbil – and yourself as an observer!
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Gerbils’ nutrition requirements are well-known and commercial foods provide the right balance of a wide range of suitable ingredients. Food should be kept fresh, and hay is a suitable addition to the cage in small quantities as it will be consumed.
Most gerbils will eat live food such as small crickets and mealworms but these would be used more as an occasional treat rather than regularly fed, to maintain a balanced diet. Like rabbits and some other rodents, gerbils will re-ingest some of their droppings, in gerbils’ case to extract the right bacteria to further aid their digestion, so this is not to be discouraged.
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Aside from commercial toys, of which wheels and especially tunnels will be enthusiastically made use of, toilet roll canisters and small but safe cardboard boxes can also be used to create tunnels in the bedding material, which is often wood shavings. Be ready to buy replacement toys of any type as the gerbils will over time chew them to destruction; enjoy!