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Gerbil

Care Information

Upon purchasing a Gerbil we provide customers with the general knowledge required to care for their Gerbil. However as pieces of paper are lost we have the information right here for viewing in your own time.

Taming

When you first buy a Gerbil(s) it/they will probably need to be tamed. Leave it/them in the cage for the first day to allow time to adjust to the new surroundings. Then start to gently stroke it/them for several minutes a few times a day until it is used to you.

How many Gerbils? Gerbils are best kept in pairs as they are not as happy when they are solitary. If getting a pair make sure to get two of the same sex to avoid breeding.

Life Expectancy Gerbils generally live for about 3 years but have been known to live for up to 5 years.

Cleaning They should be cleaned out completely 1-2 times a week. Rodents will generally find a corner of the cage to use as their toilet and this will be the dirtiest part of the cage. When cleaning out use a disinfectant spray and make sure to clean away any residue from the disinfectant when finished.

Teeth Their teeth are always growing and so they always require something hard to chew on such as a wood gnaw or a Mineral Stone. This helps trim the teeth down and stops them from overgrowing.

Food They require fresh food and water daily. Avoid giving them too many peanuts and sunflower seeds. Apple is a good fruit to give them in small amounts. It is often best to use a water bottle as opposed to a bowl as they will throw lots of wood shavings and food in the water if using a bowl.

Bedding Line the bottom of the cage with wood shavings and place a small amount of bedding in a corner, or if you have a house place the bedding inside the house.

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