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How To Care For a Pet Gerbil

Watch more How to Care for Small Pets videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to care for a pet gerbil with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Set up home Keep your gerbil in a large wire cage or 20-gallon glass aquarium, away from direct sunlight and drafts. Tip Gerbils are very social animals, so why not get two? A pair of male gerbils will live together happily if they're introduced at an early age. A pair of females will get along great. Male and female gerbils should live together only if you're prepared for the consequences. Step 2: Line cage Line your gerbil's cage with bedding—hay, aspen shavings, or recycled shredded paper are best. Gerbils love to dig and burrow, so make their bedding several inches deep. Tip Never line your gerbil's cage with cedar or pine shavings; these contain chemicals that could harm your pet. Step 3: Feed gerbil Feed your gerbil "gerbil mix," which is specially formulated for his needs and is available at pet stores. As a treat, give your gerbil small amounts of fresh vegetables and greens. Try small pieces of lettuce, broccoli, and carrots. Tip Keep your pet's home clean by removing uneaten fresh food daily. Step 4: Fill water bottle Every day, fill your gerbil's bottle with fresh, clean water. Step 5: Use chew toys Gerbils' teeth grow continuously throughout their lives, so they need hard stuff to chew on and wear their teeth down. Give your gerbil plenty of untreated wood to chew—or even the occasional dog biscuit. Step 6: Offer hiding places Gerbils love lots of hiding places to play in and to sleep in. Try shoeboxes, overturned flowerpots, and cardboard tubes. Step 7: Exercise your gerbil Put a large exercise wheel or two in your gerbil's cage and make sure he can get at them easily. Even rodents need to work out! Step 8: Let the gerbil out Get your gerbil used to you by handling him every day and letting him run around in a safe, enclosed area. Tip Never pick your gerbil up by the tail. The skin is very delicate, and might slip right off! Step 9: Close the cage When you put your gerbil back in his cage, make sure the door is locked. The little guys love to escape! Step 10: Enjoy Enjoy yourself. With just a little care, gerbils return a ton of fun for you and your family. Did You Know? Gerbils communicate with each other by thumping their feet.
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