Gerbil cage in online Maxi Zoo shop
These have to be spacious: This will ensure that the gerbil feels at home in its cage
Gerbils are lively little animals which are extremely playful and love to scamper around their surroundings – and, of course, they need a lot of space to be able to do this. Also, the fact that are extremely sociable herd animals which should not be kept on their own suggests that they need to be kept in a spacious enclosure. In the online Maxi Zoo shop, you will be able to buy a cage for your gerbil which meets this requirement.
This set-up is recommended for gerbils
If you are the owner of a gerbil or you are planning to buy yourself such an animal, its home will need to satisfy certain conditions. On the one hand, the gerbil will need to have a cage which covers an area of at least 120 x 60 centimetres and a height of at least 70 centimetres. If you are the owner of more than two gerbils, the enclosure will need to be correspondingly larger. In the wild, small animals spend a lot of time getting food. As a result, they are constantly on the go – and they should also be able to satisfy this urge to move in their enclosures. For this purpose, a running wheel can also be a good idea: This fixture will enable your gerbil to be able to get rid of some of their energy and thus reduces stress.
You should also bear in mind that gerbils like to spend their time digging. In the wild, these animals often dig holes in the ground. In order to ensure that your gerbils are able to satisfy this natural urge, you should include a thick layer of bedding and hay: this should be at least 30 centimeters thick, although 50 centimetres are better. However, this will noticeably reduce the amount of usable space which the gerbil has in terms of height. By the way, sand baths are also very popular with gerbils.
Awaken the natural instincts of your gerbil
As gerbils have to look for food in the wild, you should distribute some of the food in their bedding so that these little pets are able to follow their natural instincts. You can safely add the rest of the food to a conventional food bowl. But it is not all that easy to put a food bowl in the enclosure as food bowls are often not able to remain in a stable position on account of the thick layer of hay and bedding. It is therefore recommended that suitable fixtures be attached to the inside wall of the enclosure and that food bowls be placed in these. The same applies to drinking water containers.
Important: The cage should be escape-proof
But the spaciousness of the cage is not the only important factor. What you also need to bear in mind is that gerbils are as clever as they are agile. So if you want to buy a gerbil cage which consists of an enclosure with bars, these bars should always be robust enough to ensure that the gerbil cannot escape through them. In order to make absolutely sure, the use of an aquarium or a terrarium would be more advisable. However, this should never be in a place where it is too hot or too sunny, as heat builds up more quickly in an aquarium or a terrarium.