Allie’s Pet Corner has a large variety of gerbils, that come in a variety of colors. Allie’s Pet Corner breed our gerbils, so you have the peace of mind knowing you are getting a healthy tame pet that has been hand raised since birth. Come on into Allie’s Pet Corner to play with our gerbils and to choose one for your home.
- Wire Cage: A wire cage that is around 10″ by 20″ is adequate for two gerbils. With wire cages, you want to make sure the bars are spaced close enough together so that a gerbil cannot squeeze through and escape.
- Glass Tank: A ten gallon, or larger, glass tank also makes a good home for a pair of gerbils. The tank would require a wire mesh cover to prevent escape and possible injury from other pets. Glass tanks have the added benefit of preventing your pet from kicking bedding out of the cage and creating a mess.
- Tube Cage: Tube cages are expandable with lots of tunnels, toys, and tubes. The number of ways to create exciting areas for your gerbils to explore is almost limitless.
- For two gerbils, a 10″ x 20″ cage or tank is a good size, but bigger is always better when it comes to your pets’ home. The larger their habitat, the more places they will have to play and explore, making them happier pets. The more gerbils you have, the larger the habitat needed.
- Water Bottle: Gerbils do not need muchwater, but they do need a steady source of water. A small stoppered water bottle that can be attached to the side of the cage works best.
- Food Dish: A heavy ceramic bowl is a great way to supply your pets with food. It cannot be chewed and is difficult for them to spill.
- Bedding: Gerbils need a few inches of bedding or substrate on the bottom of the cage. They use the bedding to burrow, dig, and build nests. The bedding also aids in absorbing smells. There is a variety of commercial bedding available. Those made from recycled paper, wood, and corncob work well. Pine or cedar substrates should be avoided since they can be harmful to your pets.
- Cardboard: Gerbils chew a lot and cardboard gives them something to chew. Chewing is necessary for gerbils to prevent their teeth from over growing. The easiest way to supply your pets with cardboard is to use aleftover paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Don’t use egg cartons or wax coated cardboard because they could make your pets ill.
- Nesting: A couple of small nesting boxes or hide areas in the cage would be greatly appreciated by your gerbils. Placing some unscented toilet paper in the cage for use as nesting material will also help them create a cozy place to sleep.
- Enrichment: Enrichment is all the toys and accessories in the cage that make it a perfect home. Gerbils love to play, burrow, climb and Tunnels, tubes, branches, ramps and an exercise wheel make exciting additions to their cage. Getting a variety of toys and exchanging some out each week will keep their home fun and exciting.
- Cleaning: Each week you should wash the food bowl and water bottle and supply fresh water. Every couple weeks, or as needed, you should also wash other parts of the cage that smell with soapy water. Be sure to dry everything before putting items back in the cage. Over cleaning the cage can create stress for gerbils since you are messing up their home. So only clean the entire cage when necessary.
Food & Diet
- Food: A commercial food mix is excellent for a gerbil’s primary food. Most should have all the nutritional requirements for a healthy pet.Oats, millet, wheat, cereal, and dry pasta make a wonderful addition to you pet’s diet. Live mealworms, crickets, nuts, seeds and Timothy hay and/or alfalfa, can also be given as food to gerbils. They are also an additional source of protein which is lacking in some pet foods.
- Treats: Treats should only be a small part of your gerbil’s diet. There is a wide variety of commercial treats available that will be greatly enjoyed by your pet.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables can also be given as treats. Gerbil is like carrots, celery, peas, cucumbers, string beans, grapes, apples, pears, cooked potato, raisins, bananas, plain popcorn. Avoid spinach, lettuce and citrus fruits since some can be harmful to gerbils. Make sure all fruits and vegetables are washed before feeding them to your gerbil and only feed small portions to prevent leftover food from rotting.
- Water: Even though gerbils do not drink much water, they need a steady source of water or can become dehydrated. A small stoppered water bottle is a perfect way to supply your pet with water.
- Supplements: Although most foods will have all the nutrients needed for gerbils, some gerbils are picky and will only eat their favorite foods. To ensure a balanced diet, a vitamin and mineral supplement that can be added to a gerbil’s water is an easy solution.