Pet Profile: Everything You Need To Know About Gerbils
Some basic fun facts and information about gerbils.
When many people think of household pets, the first thing that comes to mind is a dog or a cat. And while there is no doubt that these animals are some of the most loveable, loyal creatures around, there are many other adorable creatures that have made great household companions and friends for millions of families all across the world.
One animal that makes for an adorable, fluffy friend is a gerbil. These frisky, social creatures have been a popular household pet for many years and take up minimal space in your home, making them great additions for any starter home or apartment.
These gentle animals love to be held and played with, and they also seldom bite which is great for families who are looking for a play friend for small children. Plus, unlike hamsters, gerbils are active during the day time, allowing for plenty of time for playing and cuddling.
However, just like with any other animal that you bring into your home, it is important to first understand the behavior and living style of gerbils before you decide to add one into your family. In order to help you learn all that there is to know about gerbils, we have put together some basic facts and information that will help you decide whether or not these loveable creatures are great for your family.
Gerbils are easy to bring into your home and trained, however they are much better off in groups rather than singles into a cage. Therefore, if possible, purchase at least two for each housing system, rather than one. Plus, gerbils have been proven to live longer, healthier lives when living in a group.
Other than the social aspect of housing, putting a nice home together for your furry friend is relatively easy. One of the best ways to set up for a gerbil is in a wire cage or a 10-gallon aquarium that has a wire mesh cover, away from sunlight and drafts. You should also make sure that you line the cage with comfortable, absorbent bedding. Avoid using pine or cedar shavings as they may be harmful to the animals.
Gerbils love to dig and tunnel around. Therefore, it is a great idea to provide them with plenty of extra bedding, hay or shredded paper towels so that they can burrow themselves into the corner of their cage. You can also throw in some left over cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper roles for your pets to tunnel through, which they love. However, be aware that gerbils are voracious chewers so do not put any toys or objects that are plastic into their cage.
Gerbil’s typically eat a nutritionally complete mix made up of pellets, grains, seeds and dried vegetables. This type of diet mix is usually readily available at pet supply stores, and should contain a protein content of about 12 percent. It is also very helpful to offer small amounts of fresh vegetables to your gerbils every day. They typically enjoy snack s such as carrots, leaf lettuces, turnips and broccoli. Also, be sure to make fresh, clean water available to your pet at all times.
Gerbils make great pets, especially for families or children who are looking to learn the responsibility and fun that comes along with owning an animal. Make sure you understand these common gerbil facts before bringing one of these adorable friends into your home.