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Introduction,What is a gerbil, A Gerbil is a small rodent that originates from the desert Gerbils are about 2 4. ounces in weight The body of a gerbil is about 5 inches in length the tail being. about 4 inches in length The whole gerbil is covered in hair including the tail. How long will my gerbil live, Gerbils live about 3 years sometimes making it into their 5th year of life. How does a gerbil act, Most healthy gerbils have a curious and energetic demeanor often spending large. amounts of time chewing on cardboard running around the tank like a manic and. intermittently eating a snack or two Gerbils unlike their hamster counterparts are. not strictly nocturnal They have an active period followed by a sleeping period. continuously throughout the day and night,Are gerbils noisy. The gerbil itself is not noisy The only sound a gerbil can make is a plaintive. squeaking noise exclusively made when the gerbil is under some sort of stress. However a gerbil is capable of making large amounts of noise when it chews. scratches and digs Also gerbils thump their hind legs as a danger signal to all. other gerbils This thump is made to be heard by all in the clan so it can be a bit. startling to the human ear, How much time will I spend caring for my gerbil daily.
Compared to other pocket pets gerbils require a small amount of your daily time. Can gerbils live alone, Gerbils are very social creatures that need the constant companionship only. another gerbil can provide Single gerbils live a shorter less satisfying life compared. to a pair of gerbils,Gerbbils are craft,fty little cre. eatures cap,pable of ge etting out of,o most anyy habitat One. of the only, o gerbil proof hom mes is a bassic glass tank Tanks are. a used because the ere,are no edges,c the walls,w are sm mooth and d the bedd ding can t be.
b kicked out,of the cage, c Also you can fiit your tankk with a me esh lid thatt can be weighed. to preveent escape e by jumping they caan jump prretty high. Personally I prefer to,t house mym gerbils ini 20 gallon long tankks. these taanks are 300 inches lonng 12 inchhes wide and. a 12 inchhes tall The ample flo oor, space inn the 20 gaallon long makes it ann attractive. e option simply becaause the,gerbils have,h moree room to run. r and yo ou have mo ore room to o decorate e the space. Howeve er many gerbil owne ers use a 10 gallon taank to housse their crittters To myy. eye thee 10 gallonn looks cram,mped whe en filled wiith boxes for.
f chewing a wheel,and thee gerbils theemselves,deal gerbil enclosu. You cann purchase e the tanks and lids fro om any pe. et store I have,d that Petsmmart, and Petco have thhe best pric ces I buy my 20 gallon long tanks for 30. 0 at Petsmaart,the lids are usuallyy 10 Call ahead to make. m sure the size yoou need is in stock, y get the e tank home e it is a goo o wash it out you havve no clue. od idea to e, where itt s been I use a splash of bleac ch to cleann it out ho.
owever soaap and water,would work, w just fiine But whhatever youu use it s a good idea to scrub the sides with. a rag Also,A make sure, s that you rinse it out REALLYY well and d if you use. e bleach make, sure youu give the tank at leasst 24 hourss to comp pletely dry. DO NOT USE UNDER ANY,CIRCUMSTANCES,Many new gerbil owners do not. realize that their pet is a master escape artist and make the mistake of buying those. awesome looking Crittertrail cages with the colorful tubes and hiding places A. gerbil could probably chew through one of those plastic tubes in 5 minutes. which is something I didn t realize when I got my first gerbils Seven year old me. was mesmerized by the maze of tubes and I figured that my new pets would have. a blast navigating the twisty passages little did I know that the enclosure was. unsafe As soon as I got home I took my gerbils out of the tank and into the new. cage watched them for a bit then left the room When I came back a few hours. later the floor of my bedroom was littered with gerbil gifts Luckily I had closed the. door when I left After a peek under the bed I located my little Houdinis and put. them back in their tank Upon careful examination I figured out that the gerbils had. chewed through one of the tubes using one of the air holes as leverage for their. teeth If I had left the door open my gerbils would have run out of the room and. probably never be found again Morale of the story NO PLASTIC CAGES. Bedding and Nesting Material, There are literally hundreds of types of bedding on the market.
advertised for small animals I recommend using only 2 types My personal favorite. is aspen chips Aspen in the ONLY repeat ONLY type of wood shaving that can. be safely used for small animals of any species Aspen bedding does not contain. the harmful phenol oils that pine and cedar bedding contain These oils are inhaled. by your pet and can reek havoc in their body Certain types of cancer lung liver. and kidney are attributed to the use of pine and cedar bedding Also kidney liver. and lung failure can occur, Another one of my favorites is Carefresh Carefresh is made from reclaimed wood. pulp or in other words old paper products mushed together and dried Carefresh. pet bedding is soft and absorbent and ideal if you have a baby or seinor citizen. Carefresh also comes in fun colors One downside,price a small sack of the stuff can run you 8. Most gerbils will make nests to sleep in Pet stores sell special nesting fluff just for. this purpose Unfortunately this stuff is deadly Often it contains strands of wool. these long strands can get tied around and part of your gerbil resulting in the loss. of limbs tails and lives To prevent these problems just look around you house. Plain clean unscented un lotioned tissues napkins or paper towels make terrific. bedding material I usually rip them into smaller sections to make it easier for the. gerbils to handle It is great fun to watch them shred it into little bits and form it into. a nest The colder it is the puffier the nest, Gerbils are omnivores meaning they eat both plant matter and animals. products much like dogs and cats Because of their unique nutritional needs. gerbils usually need more than just the seed mixes in pet stores Personally I. believe that gerbils need to eat a formulated pelleted diet combined with a seed. mix Gerbils are foragers so it is natural for them to have variety in their diet Don t. worry about them picking out the yummies they eat it all eventually I recommend. oxbow healthy handfuls as the pellets and either eco nutrition or Gerri Gerbil food. as the seed mix you use You can supplement their diet with the occasional bit of. romaine lettuce carrot or apple Gerbils also enjoy Cherrios dog or cat kibbles. un cooked whole grain pasta pumpkin seeds unsalted and baked if home made. peanuts unsalted sunflower seeds unsalted scrambled eggs NO BUTTER. spray millet and some gerbils even eat crickets and mealworms Fruits and. vegetables should be fed sparingly because of the high water contents however. everything else on the list is okay to feed every day with the exception of dog. and cat kibbles once a week at most,Tank Accessories. As you might have guessed you will need more in the tank. than just bedding and food This section will guide on what else you will need to. furnish the tank,Water Bottles, Because gerbils originate from the desert their water needs are relatively low A 4.
ounce water bottle is perfect for a pair of gerbils they will not drink more than 4. 10 mL of water a day A special water bottle holder will be. needed to securely hang it in the tank,Example of water bottle holder. A wheel is a staple in any gerbil tank Most gerbils will run on their wheels with. reckless abandon Any 6 8 inch wheel is the perfect size to comfortably allow a. gerbil to run It is important that the wheel is either made of solid material or metal. mesh Wheels that have rungs are dangerous for gerbils because of their tail the tail. could easily get caught in a rung and become broken Below are examples of. acceptable wheels, Gerbils have a strong urge to chew throughout their life time To help with. this urge I supply my gerbils with cardboard boxes to chew on Any sort of clean. cardboard will do Examples include Kool aid or Capri sun boxes tissue. boxes take out ALL plastic toilet paper tubes paper towel tubes drink. holders from any fast food place cardboard egg cartons popcorn boxes. cracker boxes chicken nugget boxes fry containers the list goes on and on Be. Gerbil enjoying a toilet,paper tube, To help you shop for your gerbil I have formulated a list to take with you. when you go shopping,20 gallon long tank,4 ounce water bottle. Water bottle holder,Healthy handfuls and Econutrition Gerri Gerbil.
Timothy hay for nest building chewing and eating,Small wooden house for chewing sleeping in. Treat sticks,Rope perch for climbing,PVC pipes for chewing and burrowing. Daily Check List, There are several tasks that need to be done EVERY. DAY to keep a gerbil happy I have made a list of the most basic. Check bedding for water bottle leakage,Freshen water in water bottle. Give fresh food,Offer treats, Handle the gerbils look for weight loss watery eyes nose anus.
Give new cardboard,Every 2 weeks, Scrub out tank with soap and water rinse dry thoroughly. Fresh bedding,Handling and Taming, Gerbils are the easiest to tame of all the pocket pets Before in. the food section I mentioned all the healthy treats you can give your gerbils these. treats will be essential in helping to tame your gerbils Baby gerbils from a. reputable breeder should already be well on their way to being tame. The taming process should take about 2 or 3 weeks the. definition of tame being unafraid of human hands or being picked up To start out. place a variety treats in the palm of your hand Carefully place your hand on the. floor of the tank and wait for them to come and investigate Most gerbils will come. within one or two minutes Be careful to make no sudden movements as they. most likely get frightened Eventually they will begin to take the tasties from your. hand and run to a corner to eat them Later on they will start eating around your. hand or sitting on your hand Once the gerbils have started to eat or stay close to. your hand you can begin to pick them up It is easier and safer to pick up a gerbil. by the base of the tail the part closest to the body rather than to try to grab the. body Let your gerbil run on your hands move them like a treadmill for couple. minutes everyday After this you can start to gently restrain the gerbil while stroking. their head with your finger You can tell when your gerbil is comfortable in your. hand when they don t struggle and or relax their head Some gerbils purr this. can t be heard but felt it feels like the gerbil is vibrating After months of. socialization most gerbils will begin to purr as they feel extremely at ease in human. hands Some of my gerbils will even eat treats while in my hands It is truly. rewarding when your gerbil gives you that level of trust. The main things to remember while taming your gerbil are. your gerbil is not likely to bite unless extremely frightened or in pain. At first your gerbil WILL be afraid,BE PATIENT,take it slow. With my first pair of gerbils I was always asking myself what the. heck are they doing I hope to help you avoid that with this little section. Chewing a natural gerbil behavior done about 92383727649 times a day. Originates from the need to find nesting material in the cold Mongolian highlands. Digging in corners Gerbils are burrowing animals so it is only natural for them to. burrow However most tanks don t have a burrowing system within and for this. reason gerbils make due by digging in the corners, Curled in Ball Gerbils sleep curled in a ball unless he she is not breathing I can. assure that he she is alive If you wake them GENTLY you sometimes get to see the. cute spectacle of gerbil stretching and yawning Curling into a ball is different that. ROLLING into ball rolling into a ball is the sudden death round in a gerbil show. down BEWARE, Nose Touch Gerbils greet each other with a nose touch It looks a bit like a kiss to.
the untrained eye Some gerbil fanatics like myself believe that when a gerbil. touches its nose to yours it is greeting you in a sense. Licking Tank Walls Gerbils only do this when in need of water Please make sure. the water bottle is never blocked and always full with fresh water. Back Foot Stomping Gerbils will stomp their back feet to alert the other gerbs of. danger Most often made when your gerbs are surprised by something Gerbils. also thump back feet when ready to mate The mating thump is almost inaudible. Winking Gerbils wink for 3 reasons to show submission gratitude and pleasure. only context to decipher the true meaning of a wink. The Army Crawl gerbils will rub their bellies it looks like an army crawl to scent. mark things Much like a dog lifting its leg Most often done in a new place or in a. clean tank, Squeaking The only vocalization a gerbil makes is a squeak Squeaking can mean. several things discomfort frustration stress or excitement If your gerbil squeaks. while in your hand loosen your grip or put him back. Grooming Gerbils are very clean animals They almost compulsively groom each. other and themselves If another gerbil has pinned its friend down and appears to. be biting him all over his body don t interrupt It grooming time. Health Problems, Unfortunately gerbils aren t invincible and can get sick Here. are the signs to watch our for,puffed up fur,runny eyes. runny nose gerbil mucus is red 9 10 times its not a bloody nose it s a runny. Lack of appetite,Constantly laying down doesn t move often. Doesn t drink a least once a day, Will not care if picked up and held Is limp and doesn t start getting.
excited move a lot when held,Scratching,Lack of appetite. Loss of weight,Loss of fur, If you see one or more of these symptoms in excess please contact a vet and. check out The American Gerbil Society s health page.


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