Gerbils are very socializing toward humans like other gerbil family members. Their tunneling, jumping, nibbling, and adorable, comfortable naps are very famous. Pet parents must choose gerbil housing carefully because of these beautiful traits. If your critter’s house doesn’t shield them from their impulses, that charming digging, chewing, and high jumping might be deadly.
Most people think of three options when seeking gerbil housing:
Terrariums and glass aquariums
Glass aquariums or terrariums are the most popular and frequently suggested gerbil cages. These containers are affordable, simple to clean, and allow you to spend more time watching your gerbils. The gerbils can’t chew through these enclosures, which is especially crucial.
It’s fantastic for the gerbils because they’re kept safe and sound inside with little risk of escaping. It also keeps the bedding clean by keeping it inside. The cost of these glass enclosures is low.
Another advantage of utilizing glass aquariums or terrariums as gerbil cages is that they can be used in any part of the country, regardless of climate. They are small enough to fit in any living space.
Cages made of wire
Wire cages are the most popular choice for gerbil cages. The wire works well in preventing gerbils from chewing their way out and escaping. For example, Ware’s 4-story small animal cage has an all-metal, chew-proof design with shelves and ramps.
Wire cages allow for ample air circulation, but bedding will eventually run out, causing a mess in the surrounding area. In some circumstances, where people live in very humid places, the excessive humidity may cause the glass tank design to produce a greater odor; as a result, pet parents may prefer wire cages.
Cages made of plastic
These enclosures, which come in various plastic and plastic-and-wire combinations, are another popular choice for gerbil cages. With their bright colours and designs, these appeal to pet parents, especially children, but because gerbils nibble everything, experts do not recommend them as primary housing.
Kids believe they’re entertaining and like the tubes; thus, this might keep the kids interested in the gerbils. However, unlike hamsters, gerbils are terrific chewers who will ruin any non-metal surface, and they frequently go loose as a result of chewing their way out.
Gerbils Require What Size Cage?
Remember that gerbils are gregarious creatures when picking a cage for them. Burrowing, running, and socialising with other gerbils necessitate a lot of areas. Always get pairs or even-numbered groups of gerbils, never just one. A solitary gerbil is a depressed gerbil.
Choose the most significant housing you can clean—they will appreciate the extra space. Always emphasise the importance of depth and hiding spaces for children, not just length. It’s critical for their well-being.
What Should You Put in Your Gerbil’s Home?
Make sure your gerbil cages have everything you need.
A bottle of water:
Secure a 4-8-ounce water bottle to the tank or cage’s side to prevent water from draining and change the water at least once a week.
A nest box
Include a wooden nest box for hiding sleeping and a roof deck for gerbils.
A wheel of exercise:
A wire mesh wheel with a 7-9 inches diameter should be provided.
Toys are a must-have for your pets, and they should appeal to their natural inclination to chew and burrow. Climbing and chewing can be done with something as basic as a four-by-four wood piece with huge holes punched into it.
A sand bath is a bath in which you soak in the sand.
For gerbils, a sand bath containing chinchilla dust is a special treat. It’s beneficial to them as well as calming.
Finally, if possible, create different levels for your gerbils to jump around on within the cage. Adding new toys and giving alternative climbing platforms can stimulate their inventiveness and keep them happy, as gerbils enjoy a challenge and continually alter their surroundings.
Food does not stimulate gerbils as much as movement and action do.
It is always good to give them variety, like new boxes and toys, and rotate them in and out of the cage.