Gerbils

Housing

Put some fine, absorbent sand into a bowl or box. They’ll love it. And it helps to keep their coat in good condition by removing excess oils and encouraging grooming.

Quick Tip

Gerbils require company from other gerbils. It's better to keep two or three of the same sex littermates together. Introducing gerbils who are older than 10 weeks means that they are more than likely to fight.

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Gerbils are very clean animals, so you don’t need to clean out the accommodation very often. But hygiene is still important, so give it a thorough clean once a week. And replace the tank contents every two weeks.

To keep the gerbilarium comfortable, try to maintain a constant temperature. That means keeping it away from radiators and draughts. And avoid direct sunlight at all costs – gerbils can suffer from heat-stroke.

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Gerbils often sleep on top of each other whilst unconsciously grooming each other.

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Gerbils don’t like water baths. They prefer to roll themselves in sand to get a shinier and smoother coat.

Quick Tip

A ‘gerbilarioum’ is the best type of home for your gerbil. This is a tank that is usually full of burying materials such as organic soil with a wire cage above it.

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