Gerbils for Sale
Gerbils can make great pets and are diurnal, so they are most active during the day. They are generally curious and friendly. Usually, gerbils need non-plastic housing and toys due to their need to burrow, chew, and dig. Wooden chews and toys are best for nibbling. Though they do not like to be disturbed while trying to sleep, they love to play and run around when they are awake. They can live up to 3 - 6 years with proper care. These small animals are social creatures and love having company; they do not like to be alone for very long, so having another gerbil for them to spend their down-time with is a good idea.
Their diet requires a great variety in a vitamin enriched 12% protein mix. It contains garden vegetables, light and dark sunflowers, oats, kibbled corn, flaked corn, wheat, flaked wheat, milo, alfalfa pellets and vegetable oil, with added peanuts, raisins, and crispy corn crunchies. There are also gerbil-specific dry food formulas such as SunSeed Vita Prima that work well as daily diets.
Gerbils are easily housed in a simple habitat or larger with a fitted screen top with a generous layer bedding (SunSeed™, Carefresh™, or Gentle Touch™) or other suitable material meant for small animal use, as well as a hide box to sleep in. Two to two and a half inches of loosely packed material should be plenty for most of them, but others might find comfort in deeper layers. They are burrowing animals and a layer of bedding that is too thin may leave them feeling exposed and nervous. Commercially available units that connect together with tubular sections for tunneling are also available, although they will require a bit more effort to keep clean and maintain as gerbils have a history of highly destructive chewing with these types of units. There are commercial nesting materials available so the gerbil can construct a comfy nest to sleep in and various other curiosities for them to explore should be provided like the plain cardboard tubes found in the center of paper towel rolls.
Water is best supplied in a hanging water bottle and should be changed or refilled daily to keep it fresh. Food should be offered from a chew resistant ceramic or hard plastic crock-type bowl. The cage should be emptied and washed out with hot soapy water then rinsed and dried once a week or so, and refilled with fresh bedding. An exercise wheel with a solid running surface should also be provided and cleaned as necessary. The cage should be placed in a well-ventilated area, but out of the direction of drafts or direct sunlight.
Are Gerbils Right for Me?
This animal can be easily kept by all hobbyists, even the new comer or novice, as it is very hardy when properly housed and fed. Housing requirements are usually fairly uncomplicated and temperature/humidity ranges are easily reproducible. Most of these small animals aren't too opposed to occasional or regular handling, as long as it is done with great care. A Gerbil requires gentle handling and likes to get to know you before trusting you fully. It doesn’t take long, though, before you and your gerbil are having fun adventures together!
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Gerbils for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!