Gerbil Care


  • Aquariums are better than cages because cages might have bars that gerbil feet can get caught in and break. A well-ventilated aquarium with a top that seals so your gerbil can't push up on it and escape is best.
  • Line the aquarium/cage with shredded paper (newspaper or paper towels) or recycled paper bedding (no shavings of any kind), with a mound in a corner ?EUR" gerbils love to burrow!
  • Gerbil/rodent pellets
  • A wheel that is smooth-sided to prevent its feet or tail from getting caught and broken
  • A water bottle that attaches to the side of the aquarium
  • A tip-proof (weighted) bowl for food
  • A safe wooden chew toy made specifically for gerbils
  • Exercise ball

Finding the right veterinarian

  • A veterinarian that treats "exotic pets" will be more comfortable with gerbils
  • When you first get your pet, have your parent or guardian take it to a veterinarian for a check-up
  • Your pet should see a veterinarian at least once a year and when you think it might be sick

Dangerous foods

  • Salt
  • High-sodium food
  • High-sugar food
  • High-carbohydrate food
  • Nicotine
  • Soil
  • House plants
  • Leaves or grass from your yard
  • Food off your plate
  • Do not add vitamins to their water
  • Avoid too much dried fruit (it can lead to intestinal issues)
  • Too much fruit or vegetables can lead to diarrhea in gerbils (water in, water out...)
  • Yogurt drops and other advertised "treats" actually aren't appropriate

For more information on handling your gerbil, routine care and setting up your gerbil's habitat, please go to:

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Hainesport NJ 08036
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