How to Spoil a Gerbil

Do you have a pet gerbil? Are you considering adopting one? These tiny furballs make very cute and charming pets, and are very popular choices for children’s pets. Gerbils are quite easy to care for: a clean, comfy cage and good food will take care of the basics. However, even pint-sized pets enjoy little luxuries. A Craig Road, NV vet offers advice on how to spoil a gerbil in this article.


In the wild, gerbils live in groups, which are known as clans. These little guys are very sociable, and can get lonely or depressed without any friends to play with or snuggle up to. We recommend keeping gerbils in same-sex pairs. Just keep in mind that if your furballs are ever separated for more than an hour, you’ll have to reintroduce them slowly, so they don’t fight.


Gerbils are prey animals in the wild. Your pet will be frightened and uneasy if he’s always out in the open. Offer your tiny buddy a few hidey-holes to retreat to when he feels scared or wants privacy.

Digging Materials

Gerbils love to burrow! Your pet’s home should have a few inches of a safe, suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar substrates, as these are dangerous to small animals. To make it easier for your furball to build tunnels, add a few layers of grass hay, such as timothy hay. Also, offer your pint-sized pal proper nesting material, such as shredded tissue paper.


Toys offer gerbils both entertainment and mental stimulation. Chew toys are particularly beneficial, as they can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy. You can give your furry buddy items made of cardboard, wood, or paper to play with and nibble on. Just be sure to avoid anything with sharp edges, dangling threads, or small pieces. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Gerbils love tunnels and mazes. Buy or make your four-legged explorer a cute little labyrinth.

Lookout Rocks

These cute furballs can’t see very much from floor level. Give your adorable pet a climbing rock to use as a lookout.


If there’s one thing all our animal companions have in common, it’s a love of tasty snacks. Ask your vet to recommend suitable treats.

Please call us, your Craig Road, NV animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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