Caring for Gerbils

Are you looking for a tiny pet that is easy to care for but super cute? A gerbil could be a great match for you! Gerbils are very popular pocket pets, and with good reason. These little guys are very gentle, don’t need much room, and are not expensive to take care of. Below, a local Tipp City, OH veterinarian discusses basic gerbil care.


Gerbils live in groups, known as clans, and are rarely, if ever, by themselves. Your tiny furball may get lonely if he’s all by himself, so we recommend keeping gerbils in same-sex pairs. Just be sure to make introductions slowly, as otherwise your furry buddies could fight.


Since your furry pals will spend most of their time in their habitat, you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable. For a single pair of gerbils, you’ll need at least a 10-gallon tank. For more gerbils, you’ll need more space. Once you have the tank, you’ll need to add a good substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar substrates, which are dangerous to small animals. Your adorable pets will also need a hidey-hole; a water bottle; and nesting material, which can be shredded tissue paper.


A good diet is very important to your gerbils’ health. You can give your furry friends commercial gerbil food for their main meals. You’ll want to supplement this with fresh, clean produce, such as pears, melons, cucumbers, and carrots. Your gerbils will also need fresh water every day. For treats, you can offer the occasional bit of cheese, a dog biscuit, or pumpkin seeds. Always research new foods before handing them over to your tiny pet. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including portion sizes, suitable treats, and safe and unsafe foods.


Make sure your cute furballs have lots of fun toys, including plenty of chewable playthings. Mazes and tunnels are very popular with these little furballs. Your pint-sized pets will also enjoy nibbling on items made of cardboard or paper. If you get an exercise wheel, choose a solid one, as wire wheels can hurt those tiny paws. Just be sure to put safety first: never give your gerbils anything with sharp edges or small parts, or anything covered in varnish or dye.

Do you have any questions about caring for gerbils? That’s what we’re here for! Call us, your Tipp City, OH veterinarian, today!

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