Gerbil Cages & Playpens

Picking out a home for your gerbils can be one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Luckily, Chewy has some of the best gerbil cages for sale, plus gerbil playpens and all the gerbil cage accessories you’ll need to make your gerbil cage a comfy home for your pets.

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 a little messy. 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. The only downside to these escape-proof options is that they can be more difficult to clean since they’re heavier. Plastic gerbil cages 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 can sometimes chew through them and escape. You should also consider ways to give your gerbils time out of the cage. Gerbil playpens provide a safe way to let your pets play outside their habitat, and many come with cage connectors to provide the best of both worlds.

Whichever type of gerbil cage 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 hideouts and 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 cages and everything that goes in them and start building the gerbil habitat of their dreams!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What cage is best for a gerbil?

The best cage for gerbils will provide plenty of space for running and climbing, adequate ventilation and 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. Be very careful to choose a cage your gerbils cannot easily chew their way out of and to monitor any cage for signs of wear.

What do gerbils need in their cage?

Gerbils need all the basic supplies for food, water, sleep, elimination and play in their cage. You’ll need to provide a gerbil water bottle or at least a bowl for water, food bowls for gerbil food and occasional gerbil treats, a nest box or hideout and lots of fresh bedding. Gerbils also need a solid surface wheel for exercise and gerbil toys, including chew toys, for healthy play and gnawing. A sand bath in the cage from time to time will provide a special treat and help your gerbils stay nice and clean.

Do gerbils need playpens?

Gerbils don’t absolutely need playpens, but they can provide a great place to play outside the cage. You need to give your gerbils plenty of outside-the-cage time to interact with you and exercise, and a playpen will help you create a safe space for them. Many feature easy portability so you can use them indoors or out, and some even connect to gerbil cages to create a “backyard” play area for your pets. Be sure to fill your playpen or any gerbil play area with toys, treats, hideouts and food and water so your gerbils feel stimulated and comfortable there.

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