Yes is the short answer – gerbil can eat red, yellow or green apples as often as any other fresh fruit or vegetable – they are totally safe for gerbils in gerbil-sized doses – either raw or cooked. Safe Wood and Other Materials for Gerbils Acacia. Alderberry. Ash (no seeds) Aspen. Bamboo. Birch (white, grey, broadleaf, silver, common are safe. All others are unsafe) Cercis (redbud or spicewood) Chinese Dogwood. Gerbils naturally eat seeds of various grasses, bulbs and a range of leaves and herbs. Variety. Fruit (pear, melon, apple, oranges) and vegetables (cucumber, carrot, pumpkin and fennel) can be used to supplement your gerbils ration. Do not give your pets¿ grapes or rhubarb as these are poisonous to rodents. You may give your gerbil branches from hardwood trees, so long as you know the trees were not sprayed, painted or chemically treated. Your pet will chew through soft woods in no time. Pet stores also sell blocks of wood for gerbils and hamsters; these are convenient and safe for your pet. Wooden chew-blocks are ideal and gerbils particularly of Willow, Hazel, Beech, Birch, and branches from fruit trees. However Ivy, Yew or Holly as these are poisonous to gerbils. Gerbils' front teeth should be regularly examined to make sure that they are positioned and growing correctly.
What Can Gerbils Chew On? Gerbils will chew on anything – even though they will sometimes get their hands on things (well, their teeth on things) that are not on the 'safe' list… Free Stuff For Chewing! Safe wood includes Apple, Pear, Grape, Hazel, Ash, Sycamore, Willow and Hawthorn – the younger the better.
Pine: Pine can have similar effects, and although less dangerous, it should preferably only be used if it has been Kiln dried. (Baked at extremely high temperatures to remove oils. ) Aspen: More expensive than pine, but safe for gerbils, looks great in the cage. Hemp: Same as aspen, safe.
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.
Instead of bathing gerbils in water as you would a human, gerbils need 'sand baths'. Sand baths involve the gerbil rolling around in a small pot of sand, an activity which looks rather strange but actually gives the animal a chance to give its fur a good scrub and to free itself of dirt.
Gerbils NEED to be entertained and to chew a lot to prevent their teeth from growing to much, so giving them a few toys to play with and chew on is necessary! You can either build them with cardboard, popsicle sticks… Or you can directly buy some toys from pet shops. You can buy wood chew cubes in any pet store.
Chew Toys. Gerbils love to chew. A cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll is one of a gerbil's favorite things. Some people have expressed concern about the types of glue used in these—and now colorful safe (and a bit more sturdy and long-lasting) cardboard tubes are made for pets to play with.
Plywood and any other man-made wooden materials are normally less used as anything other than solid wood is usually glued together and/or contains binding agent or other added chemicals for longevity - none of these are really good for your gerbils.
Keeping you gerbil healthy They keep them at the right length by gnawing on things, so provide a small branch from a fruit tree, such as apple (check it has not been sprayed with pesticides) or wooden chew toys available from pet shops.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do gerbils smell? No, gerbils are actually one of the least smelly rodents. They are almost odorless.
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.