Keep your gerbils hydrated with a gerbil water bottle made just for them. Chewy offers lots of great gerbil water bottles and gerbil waterers, including bottles that mount to the cage or aquarium, freestanding water bottles, plus tip-proof gerbil water bowl designs for pets who dislike bottles.
A small animal water bottle is recommended for gerbils. The best gerbil water bottles will feature a cage-mounted design to save space and a chew-resistant spout with a no-drip ball closure design. Glass bottles with stainless spouts are a popular choice, but you can also find sturdy plastic bottles that do the job well, too. Top-fill models make refilling extra easy, while large capacity reservoirs save time and trouble refilling. BPA-free plastic and glass bottles can also help ensure your pets aren’t being exposed to toxins in their water.
You may choose to use bowls to serve your pets their water, instead of or in addition to a water bottle. These can be helpful for older or ailing pets who find sitting up to drink from a bottle difficult, or they may just suit a picky gerbil’s preference. Look for tip-resistant bowls if you go this route and remember to change the water frequently to keep it fresh and clean.
It’s a good idea to keep several water sources in your gerbil cage, along with gerbil food bowls for serving gerbil food pellets and occasional gerbil treats of fresh fruit and veggies. A healthy habitat should also have several inches of gerbil bedding and lots of gerbil toys to play with, plus hideouts and beds for sleeping and privacy. Chewy has all the gerbil supplies you need to keep your gerbils watered and fed and your cage well-stocked and clean. Shop our great selection of gerbil water bottles and start setting up the perfect habitat for your pets!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do gerbils need water bottles?
Gerbils need either a water bottle or a bowl to drink out of. Although a water bowl will suffice, bottles are usually recommended because they keep the water cleaner, won’t tip over like bowls can and usually hold more. Some gerbils may drink more water if provided a water bottle, while others will find a bowl more comfortable for drinking. Experiment and see what works best for your pets if you are unsure.
How much water do gerbils need?
Gerbils need very little water, as they are originally desert animals who conserve water naturally. Most gerbils will drink around 4 ml of water a day, but this will vary depending on what diet they eat and how big they are. They do, however, require a constant supply of water, so providing a good water source is of paramount importance. Make sure the water you provide is always fresh and that the bottle doesn’t clog or leak excessively.
How often should I change my gerbil's water?
Change your gerbil’s water at least every two days and check your water source daily to be sure everything’s okay. Water bottles can malfunction, clog or leak, and they may grow bacteria or algae if not cleaned and refilled every couple of days. Water bowls will get dirty very quickly, as gerbils like to dig and toss bedding everywhere, and they may get tipped over if they aren’t tip- and spill-proof. Your gerbil will appreciate always having a clean water source available, and an adequate water supply can help you avoid gerbil health issues.