Question - Can gerbils chew through plastic?

Answered by: Jean Carter  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 27-06-2022  |  Views: 969  |  Total Questions: 14

Plastic is a material which is often used for gerbil cages, toys or small sleeping quarters. Yes they can chew plastic. Because their teeth are so sharp, they can chew through most plastic items. This can pose a risk to the gerbils mouth either by giving them mouth sores or by breaking their teeth. The good news is that gerbils only chew on plastic and they will usually not swallow it. They won't eat it intentionally because they know it's not food, but that doesn't mean they can't swallow some accidentally, so always check to see if they are. Make sure your gerbils aren't able to splinter off sharp pieces of plastic or other materials and swallow them. Remove any plastic toys once the gerbils start chewing on them. Also make sure they are just shredding cardboard, rather than eating it. Gerbils may chew through the plastic bottom of a wire cage or the plastic habitat. Gerbils need a few inches of small pet bedding to dig in and to absorb waste. Wood and natural materials are ideal for gerbils to chew on. Household items, like toilet rolls, cardboard egg boxes, and corrugated cardboard, are also good options. Gerbil food mix and vegetables are part of your pet's natural diet, and these will help to wear down a gerbil's teeth.

http://www.onlinegerbilcare.com/can-gerbils-eat-toilet-paper/

Yes, they can. It is fine to be used as bedding and they can chew on it fine. It is often used as bedding for their cages by owners and gerbils will often use it for their nests due to its soft texture. However, just make sure it isn't fragranced as fragranced toilet paper is not so good for them.

https://hutchandcage.com/do-gerbils-like-to-be-held/

Gerbils are an excellent choice of pet and enjoy being held. They love to be held, stroked, and played with, in fact, they adore attention all around. However, how you pick them up and hold them is important to build trust between gerbil and owner.

https://www.gerbilwelfare.com/do-gerbils-get-attached-to-their-owners/

Your gerbil doesn't recognize you that way. And no studies have looked at whether, or how, gerbils recognize their owners. But anecdotal evidence provided by owners suggests that they can. Owners state that their gerbils are affectionate and trusting with them in a way they aren't with strangers.

https://www.gerbilwelfare.com/do-gerbils-need-baths/

If it's dirty or oily, your gerbil might need a bath. But gerbils have a unique way of bathing, which doesn't involve water at all. Gerbils have sand baths, also called “dust baths. ” These are containers filled with sand that your gerbil can roll around in.

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Gerbil-Happy

Gerbils love treats, but too much lettuce will give them diarrhea and too much spinach has nitrates, which kill white blood cells. Try to put toilet paper rolls in their cage, they like chewing on them. Cardboard toilet paper rolls are great tunnels and chew toys for gerbils.

https://www.omlet.co.uk/guide/gerbils/housing_gerbils/should_gerbils_have_a_wheel

Yes, gerbils need a wheel so that they can fulfill their daily exercise requirements. However, a normal hamster wheel is very dangerous for gerbils - one with bare rungs can ensnare their tails and cause them a lot of pain!

https://petanimalguide.com/do-gerbils-smell/

Do gerbils smell? No, gerbils are actually one of the least smelly rodents. They are almost odorless.

https://mylifepets.com/best-gerbil-toys-wheel/

Top 10 Best Gerbil Toys & Wheel Niteangel Tunnel Tube Toy. Kaytee Knot Nibbler. Kaytee Carrot Chew Toy. Exotic Nutrition Exercise Wheel. Kaytee Silent Exercise Wheel. B&P Hideaway Log Toy. Rosewood Pet Assault Course. Kaytee Bath House.

https://www.wikihow.com/Play-With-Gerbils

Gerbils need playtime outside their cage every day. It's best not to let your gerbils out of their cage until you are able to hold them. If they do manage to find a hiding place, it's best to wait for them to come out on their own rather than forcibly grab them.

https://squeaksandnibbles.com/best-gerbil-bedding/

Aspen bedding for gerbils is a great choice for a wood shavings-based bedding. Another nice mixture that holds its shape well and resists excess moisture is wood shavings mixed together with Carefresh, a brand of commercial gerbil-safe bedding.

https://www.gerbilwelfare.com/gerbil-biting-cage-bars/

Gerbils bite and scratch their cage due to boredom, a desire to escape, and because their cage is too small. They may also bite the bars of their enclosure to wear their teeth down. You can prevent scratching and biting by buying a more spacious gerbilarium, such as the Savic Habitat Gerbil Cage.

https://www.omlet.co.uk/guide/gerbils/housing_gerbils/where_should_the_cage_go

Gerbils are very sensitive creatures, with very good hearing and an excellent sense of smell. They'll need to be placed in a quiet room that people aren't always going in and out of. This means that you'll want to keep them out of hallways, children's bedrooms and living rooms.

https://animals.mom.me/can-one-gerbil-live-cage-3104.html

If you're thinking about placing three or four gerbils in one cage, make sure your cage is spacious enough to accommodate them all comfortably. Also remember that three or four male gerbils typically can live together very serenely, although that doesn't always apply to females.

https://www.wikihow.com/Tame-Your-Gerbils

Gerbils rarely bite and only may exhibit this kind of aggression if they are scared. Unlike other rodents such as rats, mice, or hamsters, gerbils don't produce the same bad odors.