4 Important Tips To Keep A Gerbils | Pet Keeping News Under COVID-19


Pet gerbils are active, inquisitive, and amusing pets. They also create little or no odor can be obtained in different colors as there are around 80 different species, and are less nocturnal than most pet rodents.

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Gerbil Care

Best housed in small groups, the ideal pet gerbil group originates from the same litter, which reduces territorial squabbles that gerbils can be prone to. Gerbils can be handled but preferably only for short periods or they will normally try and escape because they like to be on the move, exploring their surroundings.

An important point is not to handle their tails, especially near the tip. The outer skin is sheddable and is also shed to escape predators, so it can easily break off. As the tail is often used as a counterbalance during the gerbil’s natural athletic activity, it is best left as long as possible.

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.

Gerbil Cages

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!

Gerbil Food

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.

Gerbil Toys

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!

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