Picking out a home for your gerbils can be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Luckily, Chewy carries a great selection of gerbil enclosures and all the gerbil cage accessories you’ll need to make your gerbil cage a comfy home for your pets. Read on to learn how to choose the best one.
The three most popular gerbil habitats are wire cages, glass aquariums and plastic habitats. A wire cage with a deep plastic base will provide adequate ventilation, easy maintenance and prevent humidity buildup in warmer climates. You’ll need to make sure the bars are ½ inch apart or less to prevent escapes and injuries, and some gerbils will chew on the bars or kick litter out, which can get annoying. But a deep base satisfies their urge to dig and horizontal bars can be lots of fun for your little climbers.
Glass aquariums or terrariums are good escape-proof choices and come in lots of sizes and styles, plus they keep bedding inside for less mess. You’ll want to make sure the top is well-ventilated and that moisture doesn’t build up too much, and these can be a chore to clean because they’re heavier. Plastic gerbil habitats have many of the same pros and cons as glass and often come with mazes of fun tunnels and tubes for gerbils to play in, but gerbils will sometimes chew through them and escape.
Whichever type of gerbil enclosure you choose, make sure it has at least five gallons or 450 square inches of space per gerbil—and remember that more is better. Gerbils love to dig, so fill the bottom with several inches of soft gerbil bedding and include some cozy gerbil hideouts & beds in there for your furry buddies. Gerbils also like having a solid surface wheel, chew-proof gerbil toys and things like cardboard tubes for play and exercise, so use your imagination when you’re outfitting their habitat. Chewy carries loads of great gerbil supplies, with all the things you need to make a fun and comfortable home for your pets. Check out our excellent selection of gerbil enclosures and everything that goes in them and start building the gerbil habitat of their dreams!
Frequently Asked Questions
What enclosure is best for gerbils?
The best enclosure for gerbils will provide plenty of space for running and climbing, adequate ventilation and an escape-proof design. Glass aquariums are very popular and contain mess (and gerbils!) well, but a wire cage with a deep solid bottom can work well, too. Make sure any wire cage you choose has the bars spaced ½-inch apart or less. Tube cages or other enclosures made of plastic can work, but they need to be adequately vented and you may find that your gerbils will chew through them.
How big should a gerbil enclosure be?
A gerbil enclosure should be big enough that each gerbil has at least 450 square inches of floor space, or five gallons if it’s a glass enclosure. A pair would require 900 square inches of space or a ten gallon aquarium at a minimum, and bigger is always better. Be sure to provide climbing opportunities and extra vertical space for your gerbils, if you can. The Kaytee My First Home Small Animal Tank Topper is a cool kit that attaches easily to a 10-gallon aquarium to turn it into a two story habitat for your pets.
How many gerbils can you keep together?
You can keep two or more gerbils together, as gerbils are social animals and are happiest when they are not alone. They do best in same-sex pairs or small groups. Ideally, you’ll want to raise pairs or groups together to prevent stress and friction from introducing new gerbils, but a gradual introduction process can help if you must add a new member to your gerbil habitat. Furthermore, unless you have a very large habitat for your gerbils, keeping more than four gerbils is not recommended.