Holding Your Gerbils: You should hold your gerbils often, preferably every day. We have hand trained them, so they should be very friendly, but will only remain that way if you continue to hold them and love on them as soon as you take them home. When holding your gerbils, do not squeeze them. Children under the age of 8 should have supervision when holding the gerbils.
Feeding: Make sure your gerbils have food and water every day. You can buy food at pet stores, Walmart or Target. You can also make your own. To make your own gerbil food mix the following ingredients: 1 part white stripe sunflower seeds, 1 part millet, 1/4 to 1/2 part pumpkin flax granola cereal, granola or Kaytee Fiesta Gourmet Variety Diet. You can also add a healthy amount of dried corn on the cob. Gerbils also enjoy treats every once in a while. You can give them plain cheerios, carrots, celery, peas, cucumbers, string beans, apples, pears, plain popcorn, and bananas. You can also buy store bought treats. Be sure to avoid giving your gerbils spinach, lettuce, and citrus fruits as they can be harmful to their health.
Cage Care: You should wash your gerbils cage about every 1-2 weeks. When you wash their cage, replace their bedding. Make sure that while you are washing their cage you scrub all the yucky areas, and be sure that all the soap is rinsed off before drying. Also make sure that the cage is completely dry before reassembling and inserting bedding. We recommend aspen bedding as this is gentle on their feet and does not typically give splinters. Pine is harmful to their health so be sure to avoid any pine bedding or toys.
Other notes: Glass aquarium cages are recommended as gerbils are constant chewers. They will chew on plastic objects. Plan to provide plenty of cardboard every day...toilet paper tubes, paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, etc.
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