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Gerbil Shopping List

Looking for a quick, no fuss shopping list of the must haves and the good ideas for getting your first gerbils? Something you can have ready on your smart phone or printed out?

Look no farther!

The Must Haves: 

One ten gallon aquarium/terrarium

One screen lid that fits the tank mentioned above

Bedding– Preferably paper, I recommend Kaytee “Clean & Cozy” unscented bedding

Water Bottle –Glass, or equipped with a metal guard to prevent chewing

Food–Gerri Gerbil or Vitacraft’s “Mouse, Rat & Gerbil” food

Chews–Pet safe wood or lava block

Hide House–Wood/Plastic composite or ceramic will last the longest

“Gerbil Dust”–Sold as Chinchilla dust, to be given once a week in a glass bowl for bathing

Exercise Wheel–Metal mesh or “Silent Spinner” style wheels only

The Good Ideas

Play Pen–Make sure it is made for small rodents such as hamsters, or the bar spacing may be too large

Food Dish–Though not required, this does help maintain a cleaner habitat and allow you to know how much your gerbils are eating

Tank Topper (found primarily online)– a tank topper allows for more space for your new friends to roam!

Pet safe habitat cleaner– You can used Windex, but be sure it is completely wiped clean to avoid possible ingestion

Treats– Sold in the small pet isle, Yogurt drops and other treats can be great ways to bond with your new friends

Freebies 

Toilet Paper rolls, small cardboard boxes and bits of paper make great toys, so long as they are not wax coated

Shredded Documents make fun nesting and chewing items, but again, make sure they are not treated with any kind of coating

And that’s it! Not including tax, your typical cost effective gerbil setup is about $45-$60 bucks depending on what kinds/brands you choose. (Compared to a guinea pigs whopping $150-$250 price range, that is a cheap pet!)

Check out this post for a more detailed description of the items mentioned above, and the “why’s” behind them.

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Gerbil Care, Gerbil Quirks

 

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All The Updates!

First litter at 6 weeks old:

My second litter in all their cuteness at 20 days old:

 

And a picture of litter three at the tender age of one day:

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Someone on the AGS Facebook page says they believe my “unknown” pup is a Spotted Polar Fox, which is a rare and very pretty color post molt. 🙂

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Gerbils, Gerbils, Everywhere!

Litter one moved out of the parents tank today, and they are loving their log cabin and wheel!

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They are fully weaned now, but not ready to go to their new homes until the 18th.

Litter two has one pup with open eyes! SUCH a cutie!!

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The pups from this litter are spoken for, and if my most recent possible adopter follows up (someone I met at work today looking for a female to keep their lone female company), then all of my current pups will be spoken for. Both females are pregnant with their second litters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Oh, to be a Gerbil

Don’t you just wish your life were this much fun?

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You can get these little stick balls for 99. at Petsmart, in the cat toy section, just be sure and remove the plastic bell before giving it to your gerbils.

You can get these little stick balls for 99. at Petsmart, in the cat toy section, just be sure and remove the plastic bell before giving it to your gerbils.

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Available Gerbils, The Clan

 

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Cute Pictures

Cleaned the cages today, chose the natural brown Kaytee Clean & Cozy over the white just for a change of scenery.

Three clean tanks. And a cute calendar.

Three clean tanks. And a cute calendar.

A hunk of super hard drift wood I purchased for $8 at the Exotic Animal Expo! They love it!

A hunk of super hard drift wood I purchased for $8 at the Exotic Animal Expo! They love it!

The view from above. They love climbing and chewing this drift wood.

The view from above. They love climbing and chewing this drift wood.

Henry about to snack on his Vitakraft Crunch Stick for Rats. He loves it.

Henry about to snack on his Vitakraft Crunch Stick for Rats. He loves it.

Rory on his wheel. He's such a cutie.

Rory on his wheel. He’s such a cutie.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in The Clan

 

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Things that go “Thump” in the Night

No matter how careful you are, no matter what you take out of their tank before you go to bed, no matter how many ways you attempt to cover your ears with a pillow,

Your gerbils will wake you up at night. 

Whether it be thumping their little feet because they heard a noise, chewing, digging, running on a wheel, “talking” to one another, they will drive you to the edge of insanity and then push you right off.

Unless you particularly enjoy laying in bed with murderous thoughts running through your head, I highly suggest keeping your gerbils in a room other than your bedroom.

I have no where else to keep mine, so they are all on my desk, just two feet or so away from my bed. I’ve gotten pretty used to it by now, and have taken steps to avoid at least some of the noise. Such as applying a dab of Vaseline to the joints of their wheel to keep the squeak at bay. Taking the wheel out seems to just drive them to do other obnoxiously loud things, so controlling the squeak has been the best solution so far.

Have any noise reducing tips? Please comment and share!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Gerbil Quirks

 

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Habitat Setup, Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step One:

Take one tank of appropriate size and insure that it is clean.

Ten gallon tank

Ten gallon tank

Step Two:

Add three(ish) inches of bedding and squish it down.

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Step Three:

Add crinkles (optional), water bottle, chew toys (wood & toilet paper tube), and food. (Wheel and hide house not pictured)

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Step Four: Just add Gerbils!

Place gerbils in tank and watch them explore! Pictured are the Doctor and Rory.

(Remember that step five is the lid. Don’t forget the lid. 😉 )

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This should be repeated weekly to insure clean, happy gerbils!

 

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Gerbil Care

 

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