Caring for gerbils, naturally

The way that you care for and interact with your gerbil should reflect their natural behaviour as a prey species. How does this influence their behaviour of gerbils in the home?

  • Can be easily startled or frightened
  • Very active – can be more difficult to handle than some rodents as a result
  • May mask signs of illness – making it difficult to tell when they are ill
  • Like to live in sociable groups

Use this understanding to find ways to keep them happy and healthy…

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Our Supreme Veterinary Range

From time to time, your vet may make a specific dietary recommendation to help support your gerbil if they are ill or lethargic. That can also include times when your gerbil is recovering from surgery or illness. Our Recovery Plus diet is a popular option recommended by many veterinary professionals.

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Why our gerbil foods are second to none

Gerbil diets don’t just deliver nutrition but taste and enjoyment too. Gerbils are active chewers and need to do so to keep their constantly growing teeth trimmed.

  • Grains and seeds – for active chewing
  • No added sugar – tasty because of the flavour of high-quality natural ingredients
  • Nutritionally balanced with all the vitamins and minerals they need

Frequently asked questions about Gerbils

Frequently asked questions about Gerbils

Do gerbils hibernate?

Gerbils do not hibernate. However, if they become too cold, they can enter a hibernation-like state to try and conserve their energy. This should be avoided, but if it occurs you should contact your veterinary practice for advice on how to safely warm up your pet.

How often should gerbils be cleaned out?

Gerbil cages or tanks should be cleaned out weekly, although if you keep more than 2 together this might need doing more regularly. We recommend using a pet-safe cleaning product such as our Keep it Clean in lemon or lavender from our Tiny Friends Farm range. You can also keep the cage environment fresher by removing any visibly soiled bedding during spot cleans, but this should not replace the thorough weekly clean.

What do gerbils like to eat?

Gerbils are omnivores, like mice, rats and hamsters. This means they need plenty of protein to keep them fit and healthy. They actually need a bit less protein than hamsters, but more than rats and mice, which is why it’s important to feed a high-quality diet formulated for the right species.

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Need to know more?

For more detailed information about Gerbils, you can contact us and we will get back to you with our experts’ advice. However,
if you have any concerns about the health and well-being of your gerbil, you should seek veterinary advice immediately. The RSPCA has also provided many helpful gerbil guides you can find here.