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Gerbil Habitats & Cage Extensions

Picking out a gerbil habitat can be one of the most important decisions you'll make for your pets' health and wellbeing, so choose carefully and make sure you're getting the right enclosure for your needs. Chewy carries a wide selection of the best gerbil habitats around, including large gerbil habitats, compact enclosures and accessories like gerbil habitat extensions that'll help your gerbils make the most of their space.

The three most common pet gerbil habitats for sale are wire cages, glass aquariums and plastic habitats. A wire cage with a deep plastic base is a good choice, as it will provide adequate ventilation, easy maintenance and prevent humidity buildup in warmer climates. Make sure to get one with the bars ½ an inch apart or less to prevent escapes and injuries, and know that some gerbils will chew on the bars or kick litter out, which can get annoying. But a deep base will satisfy their urge to dig and keep most bedding in 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 so that moisture doesn't build up, 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 habitat 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 and beds in there for your furry buddies. You'll also need to put one or two gerbil water bottles in the enclosure along with bowls for feeding gerbil food and gerbil treats in an orderly fashion. 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 all the gerbil supplies you need to set up a fun and comfortable home for your pets. Check out our great selection of gerbil habitats and everything that goes in them and start building the gerbil mansion of your dreams!

Frequently Asked Questions about Gerbil Habitats & Cage Extensions

Where do you put a gerbil's habitat?

Put your gerbil's habitat in a quiet place with a fairly constant temperature that's out of direct sunlight and away from drafts. Your gerbil should also be kept away from other pets like cats, dogs, ferrets and snakes that may cause them undue stress and fear. Take care to avoid rooms like laundry rooms, bathrooms and garages, as chemicals in these rooms may irritate your pets' delicate respiratory systems, and avoid putting them too close to electronic equipment or rushing water, as the ultrasound noises may disturb your gerbils.

Can two gerbils live in the same habitat?

Two or more gerbils can live in the same habitat, as gerbils are social animals and are happiest when they are not alone. They do best in same-sex pairs or small groups, but always make sure any gerbils housed together do get along and can't breed. 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.

What are the best gerbil habitats?

The best gerbil habitats are usually wire cages, glass aquariums or terrariums, or plastic habitats with lots of tunnels. The best enclosures for gerbils will provide plenty of space for running and climbing, adequate ventilation and an escape-proof design. Glass aquariums are a popular choice and contain gerbils and their messes well, but a wire cage with a deep solid bottom and closely spaced bars can be a good choice, too. Tube cages or other plastic small animal enclosures can work as gerbil habitats, as well, but they need to be adequately ventilated and chew-proof for health and safety.