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Toys for Gerbils

First and foremost, toys for your gerbils must be safe. Gerbils have a habit of sticking their heads into things to explore, so make sure any toys (especially those with holes cut in them) don't have spaces in which your gerbils could get their heads stuck. 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. Make sure they are no parts or strings on toys that could trap a gerbil's toes, legs, or tail.

Wheels

Many gerbils enjoy running on wheels. Any wheels should have a solid surface and have a solid back wall. Their tails and other body parts can get caught in and injured on wheels with rungs or cross-supports. A solid wheel such as a Silent Spinner or Wodent Wheel is a good choice.

Get a medium-sized wheel, large enough that the gerbils back can be held relatively straight while running. Not all gerbils like wheels though, so don't be concerned about gerbils who don't use them.

Hides

Wooden hides and houses (untreated wood) make good choices, though small cardboard boxes will be a hit, too. They will quickly shred cardboard though, so these will have to be replaced often (choose cardboard with as little ink as possible). Wood will be chewed as well, so while they will last a lot longer than cardboard, you can plan on replacing wooden houses after a while, too.

You can sometimes find hollowed-out logs at pet stores, including small logs in the small pet section or perhaps slightly larger half logs in the reptile section. A half coconut shell and ceramic or clay plant pots placed on their sides can be used this way, too.

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.

Look for Totally Chewbular Tubes, Chubes, and Critter Caves, along with others. Twin Squeaks also has a wonderful suggestion—just take old file folders, lay them flat, and cut them into smaller sections, then roll up tightly and hold for a bit. When you let them go, they loosen but stay more or less rolled, and your gerbils can have a ball with them. Even a small brown paper lunch bag will provide hiding, play, and shredding possibilities!

Any untreated wood (vegetable dyed is okay) items make great chew toys too. You can buy them or make your own out of untreated wood scraps. Branches can be offered for chewing, too—try apple or willow (avoid any evergreen tree branches). You can also check your pet store for things such as cholla, driftwood, and other wood such as grapevine (possibly found in the reptile section), which make good climbing toys.

There are also lots of wicker, natural grass, and plant fiber tunnels; balls; and huts out there (especially marketed for rabbits), and these are also great for gnawing.

Climbing Toys and Tubes

Gerbils will climb on just about anything, such as wooden houses. You can also buy wooden ladders (check the bird section if they aren't in the small pet section), see-saws, and other wooden accessories. Plastic climbing tubes (such as those for hamsters) and accessories can be used, too, though you need to be extra careful that your gerbils are not splintering off bits of plastic and swallowing them.

Plastic toys and tubes are best offered only when you are there to keep an eye on things. You can also try PVC pipe sections from the plumbing section of the hardware store, as PVC tends to be a little more resistant to chewing than plastic tubes made for rodents. Relatively new on the market are dyed bamboo tubes, and these are said to be tougher and longer-lasting. You can also find ceramic tubes (check the aquarium section), and these have the advantage of being virtually indestructible.

Dust Baths

Give you gerbils a heavy ceramic or glass dish with a couple of inches of chinchilla dust in it. Your gerbils will most likely love rolling and digging around in the dust, and in the process get their fur cleaned and conditioned.

Digging

Gerbils love to dig. Try to make at least a part of their cage very deep with substrate. You can also place wood shelters (such as under the shavings so the gerbils can have little "underground" burrows to sleep in). Adding Timothy hay to the bedding will help the bedding hold tunnels better. You can also put ceramic tubes (check the fish section) under the substrate for burrows.

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Gerbils need to wear down their teeth to stop them from growing too long. So, if you don’t give your gerbil something to chew, it’ll start to chew on its cage.

Gerbils like to chew on wood and other natural materials. 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 also help wear down your gerbil’s teeth.

Plastic, if ingested, will make your gerbil sick. Also, pine and cedarwood contain oils that are poisonous to gerbils. Anything with print on it, such as newspaper and cereal boxes, is harmful due to the use of ink.

What Do Gerbils Chew On?

Gerbils and all Rodent pets enjoy chewing. This is a behavior you’ll see a lot in the wild, as well as in captivity. In the wild, gerbils and other rodents need to chew through things like roots.

Many rodents eat roots and vegetables. They may also need to chew through a tree root when digging a burrow, which gerbils are known to do. This is why rodents chew on wires in your home because their instinct mistakes them for roots in their burrow.

Your gerbil will chew on any solid material it can find in its cage. This natural behavior doesn’t stop when the gerbil is no longer in the wild.

It’s your job to prevent your gerbil from chewing anything bad for it. Certain kinds of wood are poisonous, as are plastics. That’s because your gerbil will ingest some of what it chews on, either accidentally or on purpose.

Why Do Gerbils Chew on Everything?

Gerbils chew on things because it helps to wear down their teeth. Rodents have different teeth compared to other animals. The term rodent even comes from Latin, meaning ‘to gnaw,’ which shows how important their teeth are.

Rodent’s teeth are incisors like we have at the front of our mouth. But according to Cell Reports, rodent teeth don’t have roots and grow continually.

This poses a unique problem: if a gerbil doesn’t wear its teeth down, its teeth will keep growing. According to Nature, this has been a problem for two hundred million years.

This can make it difficult to eat and even cause severe injury. Eventually, the lower teeth can pierce through the upper jaw, or the upper teeth could pierce through the lower jaw. This can be fatal, so they must grind their teeth down.

Some rodents do this by grinding their teeth together like humans can. This keeps the tips of their teeth sharp and flat, perfect for gnawing. Another tactic is for the rodent to chew on tough things to wear their teeth down gradually. This is why a gerbil may sometimes bite the bars of its cage.

The issue is that rodent teeth are as solid like a rock. They are harder than iron, which is why rodents can gnaw through improbable things like metal pipes. That’s why rodent bites hurt so much, despite the animals being quite small.

Are There Safe Things for Gerbils to Chew On?

If you don’t give a gerbil something to chew, it’ll chew things that it shouldn’t. Examples of things that a gerbil will chew on which it shouldn’t include:

  • The bars of its cage
  • The plastic walls of its cage (although gerbils shouldn’t be kept in plastic enclosures)
  • Electrical wires around the house, when your gerbil is allowed out of its enclosure

Plastic makes gerbils sick. The problem is that gerbils will ingest some of the things they chew. Plastic isn’t supposed to be ingested by any animal.

They also have to avoid chewing on things that are too hard. They don’t want to break their teeth, just to wear them down. So, things like solid rocks would be far too hard for your gerbil to chew.

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What Can I Give My Gerbil to Chew?

Your gerbil will not naturally have much in its enclosure to chew on. It will have its food, which is good for gnawing, but not enough on its own. The substrate you’ll provide won’t be suitable for chewing. Other things might be too hard, like metal and glass.

If you don’t provide something, your gerbils will start chewing the bars or walls of their enclosure. They may even escape if you don’t, which shows how important this is. So, what is good for gerbils to chew on? The following things are a good start.

Food That Gerbils Can Chew On

Gerbil food is specially formulated for your pet’s nutritional needs. However, it’s also perfect for chewing on. Gerbil food mixes usually contain:

  • Solid hay pellets
  • Sunflower seeds, which need to be cracked open to be eaten
  • Soy bean hulls and similar fibrous material, which can be chewed and gnawed
  • Different kinds of nuts

Even the fruit and vegetables which gerbils can eat are good for gnawing. Take carrots and pumpkin, for example. Carrots are reasonably solid when fresh. Pumpkin has a soft inner part, which is tasty. It also has a harder skin which is suitable for gnawing too.

You don’t have to make drastic changes to your gerbil’s diet to achieve this. Gerbil food mix is something you should be feeding your gerbil anyway, and vegetables are a tasty treat.

Can Gerbils Chew Their Food Bowl?

Most people give their gerbil a food bowl, even though it’s better to scatter food. If the food bowl is plastic, it will regularly chew and gnaw on it. You may mistake this behavior for eating food if you aren’t looking carefully.

You should avoid this because plastic cannot be digested safely. According to the EFSA, absorption of plastic by the gut is next to impossible. Even microplastics are only absorbed at rates of between 0.04% and 0.3% in rodents.

If you must provide a food bowl, get one that’s either ceramic or glass. Ceramic and glass are two materials that a gerbil can’t destroy, no matter how much it chews them.

What Natural Wood Can Gerbils Chew On?

Wood isn’t too hard or soft. If it were too hard, your gerbil’s teeth would break completely rather than wear down. If it were too soft, their teeth wouldn’t sharpen at all. Wood is right in the middle.

However, not all kinds of wood are suitable for rodents. Some may be toxic. It’s easy to confuse different kinds of wood, which means you should avoid giving any to your gerbil unless you can confirm what kind it is.

Avoid giving your gerbil any woods that have been processed or treated in some way. They may have been sprayed with something that could disagree with your gerbil. Any wood that’s used for building or food may have been sprayed with something like this.

This kind of wood may also have glue on it. Any home décor or tiny wooden toys likely have been glued. If they haven’t been glued, they would have nails or screws in them. These could hurt your gerbil as well, so it should be avoided.

You should also avoid certain kinds of wood (pine and cedar). These contain aromatic oils which have a distinctive taste and smell. When ingested in large amounts, these oils are poisonous to animals, including us.

Popsicle Sticks for Gerbils to Chew

Popsicle sticks are fine for gerbils to chew on, although there are three caveats to bear in mind.

Sticks used for popsicles, corn dogs, and similar are usually made from birch. This material is safe for gerbils to chew on. However, there’s no guarantee that this will be the material that was used. So, you can’t be sure.

Also, popsicle sticks will have a sticky residue on them from your popsicle. Before you offer it to your gerbil, you should wash the stick. This will prevent your gerbil from eating anything it shouldn’t, like something too sugary.

Also, popsicle sticks can splinter. If you’ve ever chewed on one yourself, you’ll know that for a fact. Because it’s so dry, these splinters are quite sharp. You should avoid letting your gerbil chew on these splinters for too long as they could hurt its gums.

But aside from that, popsicle sticks are fine for gerbils to chew on. Something similar you could use is unused coffee stirrers. These are less likely to splinter and hurt your gerbil because the wood is thinner.

You can even buy popsicle sticks online. This is the better idea because you can check they aren’t treated with chemicals. You can also check for what kind of wood they’re made from.

Branches and Sticks for Gerbils to Chew

If you want safe wood for gerbils to chew on, branches and sticks are usually fine. In the wild, they would certainly chew on any wood that they might find in their habitat.

However, there are certain things you have to watch out for. Some kinds of wood may be poisonous for gerbils, so they are best avoided.

Another problem that can occur is that the branch may contain fungi, lichen, parasites, or bacteria. You should avoid introducing any of these things into your gerbil’s environment.

By keeping your gerbil in a captive enclosure, you protect it from parasites. It can’t catch any from prepared food, for example. And there are no animals nearby to catch parasites from. And with antibacterial spray, you kill bacteria and fungi before they make the enclosure unliveable.

But by introducing a stick into your gerbil’s environment, you could unwittingly introduce these things. To avoid this occurring, bake the stick in the oven at a medium temperature. This will kill anything that may be in it. Alternatively, you can freeze the stick.

You can then keep the stick, only breaking off parts as and when your gerbil needs them.

Pine Wood for Gerbils to Chew

You have to avoid giving your gerbil any pine wood to chew on.

Pine contains different chemical compounds which aren’t suitable for gerbils or other animals. Turpentine, for example, is derived from pine. Pine essential oils are too. Both have a distinctive wintergreen smell and can cause rashes when applied to the skin.

When ingested, these substances are dangerous. If you were to chew on pine, you would ingest small amounts of these substances, which would be bad for you. If you were the size of a gerbil, the ramifications of eating some would be worse, and you could be seriously ill.

Pine isn’t the only wood that has these properties. There are other woods that do, to a lesser or similar extent. Cedar is one of these. You want to avoid any wood from trees in the family Pinaceae (pines).

Of course, this is easier said than done. Unless you’re an expert, you can’t tell what kind of wood something is from looking at it. This means it might be wise to avoid giving any wood to your gerbil unless you know exactly what it is.

Pine Cones for Gerbils to Chew

Pine cones come from pines but don’t contain the same aromatics as the conifer trees they come from. They are therefore safe for gerbils to chew on.

Do pine cones make a good chew toy for gerbils? They certainly do because they have lots of individual scales/seeds on them for your gerbils to chew. Your pet will strip each of these off by chewing them one by one.

Pine cones make a suitable chew toy and are also nice to look at in a gerbilarium. But before you put one into your gerbil’s enclosure, check it’s free of pests and bacteria. Freeze or bake it before offering it to your gerbil.

Household Items for Gerbils to Chew On

If you don’t want to introduce anything from nature into your gerbil’s enclosure, that’s fine. There are good reasons why you should avoid doing so. But this leaves you with fewer options.

There are still household items you could consider offering them. Most are healthy and natural, but some are more heavily processed than others. The less processed something is, the better it is for a gerbil to chew.

Toilet Paper Rolls for Gerbils to Chew

Toilet paper rolls are an excellent choice for a gerbil chew toy. They are made from a material that isn’t hard enough to damage their teeth. They are also fibrous, which gerbils enjoy when chewing.

Toilet paper rolls are also untreated, meaning that they are safe for your gerbil to chew on. If any of the roll is ingested, this won’t hurt your gerbil in any way.

The only issue with toilet paper rolls is that they are too soft. Your gerbil can’t grind their teeth down enough with only toilet rolls. It will need something more solid, like a stick of solid wood to grind its teeth.

What can I give my gerbils to chew on?

Cereal Boxes for Gerbils to Chew

Cereal boxes are more of a gray area than other kinds of cardboard. While they are made from the same kind of card as other things, the card has been treated in several ways:

  • The box has been covered in a protective shiny coating layer, containing chemicals your gerbil probably shouldn’t eat
  • The box has been printed with inks, which again shouldn’t be ingested
  • It may have been glued together, and dried glue will still be stuck to the card.

That being said, people have reported that they allow their gerbils to chew on cereal boxes with no ill effects. It’s likely best that you err on the side of caution.

That’s especially the case considering there are so many better, more natural things you can offer to your gerbil to chew. You’ve got no shortage of choice even when you only pick from household items.

Corrugated Cardboard for Gerbils to Chew

Corrugated cardboard is better for gerbils than other kinds of cardboard. If you aren’t familiar with the term, corrugated cardboard is the kind that has two outer sheets of card, with a wavy layer sandwich between them. You can recognize it by cutting it and looking at its cross-section. Either way, corrugated cardboard is a good choice because it’s:

  • Usually not bleached or printed on with ink
  • Freely available and you’ll often have some lying around
  • Stiffer than other choices like toilet paper rolls

The only issue is if you use recycled corrugated cardboard. This usually contains residual inks from the recycling process because newspapers are frequently recycled. However, there’s nothing to say that this would hurt your gerbil.

Can Gerbils Chew Frozen Food Boxes?

Cardboard frozen food boxes are similar to cereal boxes. They are printed with inks that shouldn’t be ingested, which will happen if your gerbils chew on them.

Also, they’re given a coating to stop the card from falling apart in the freezer. This waterproof coating is similar to that on cereal boxes. They aren’t suitable for your gerbils.

Egg Cartons for Gerbils to Chew

You shouldn’t offer plastic egg cartons to your gerbil. Plastic is a material to avoid altogether. Instead, you should consider offering your pet the light cardboard that some eggs are packaged in.

These are typically made from the same kind of recycled cardboard as corrugated card. But they have a different texture. They’re fine for chewing but not optimal, although your gerbil will still have fun with one.

Overall, they’re a good option, but your gerbil will need something more robust from time to time too.

Newspaper for Gerbils to Chew

Newspaper isn’t suitable for gerbils. The main reason is the ink. Ink shouldn’t be ingested because it can cause poisoning. Because gerbils are small, they are more susceptible to this than a person when ingesting the same amount.

An added issue is that the ink in newspapers is more prone to rubbing off. The ink in cereal boxes is contained beneath a protective layer. And even if this layer were stripped away, the card the ink is sprayed onto is thick enough to hold onto it.

With newspapers, the paper is so thin that this isn’t the case. You can see this in action by smudging the letters printed on newspaper. A smear will be left behind on your thumb if you do.

This makes it easier for your gerbils to ingest. It will also stain their fur or enclosure, especially if it gets wet. So, as a rule, avoid giving your gerbil newspaper to chew on.

Other than the things listed above, don’t offer your gerbil anything else to chew. Stick to what you know is safe for them. There’s no need to offer them lots of variety because gerbils don’t care about that. So long as your pet can keep its teeth ground down, there’s no issue.

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What are the best gerbil toys?

That’s the question we’re going to answer in this article, and it’s a very important one for anyone planning on introducing a gerbil to their household as a family pet.

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What are Gerbils?

First of all, let’s find out more about these cute, lively little creatures.

Gerbils are tiny burrowing rodents that look rather like mice in shape and size.

Gerbils originate from Asia and Africa.

The most common domesticated variety of gerbil that you’ll find in pet stores is the Mongolian gerbil.

The original color of gerbils is referred to as “agouti” color, where each hair has black, yellow, and gray bands, and the hair on the animal’s tummy is off-white.

However, selective breeding has produced several pretty color variations, including white, gold, and black.

Gerbil Personality

Gerbils are primarily diurnal, being mostly active throughout the day in between taking frequent naps.

Gerbils are curious and lively, so they need plenty of stimulation in the form of toys to keep them busy and happy.

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In the wild, gerbils live in colonies, and they are therefore best kept in same-sex pairs or small groups.

A solitary gerbil will enjoy human company, but will thrive better if kept with cagemates.

Gerbils can be tamed and generally have an agreeable temperament.

However, gerbils can be timid and they will bite if roughly handled.

Therefore, it is not recommended to choose gerbils as pets for children under six years of age.

Best Gerbil Toys

As mentioned above, gerbils are lively, curious creatures who love to explore.

However, it’s not a good idea to allow your gerbils to play outside of their cage, unless you can provide a secure environment that they can’t escape from, such as this clever playpen* from Tespo.

I remember some school friends of mine had four pet gerbils.

One day when cleaning out their cage, we thought it would be fun to play with the furry critters on the bedroom floor.

Big mistake! All bar one escaped and lived out their days hiding behind the skirting boards of my friends’ house.

Her parents (and the remaining solitary gerbil) were not amused!

So, it’s very important that you provide lots of distractions and interest for your gerbils in the safe, secure environment of their home.

Gerbils love toys! Toys are the best way of keeping your gerbils interested and occupied in their cage.

So, what makes the best gerbil toys?

Let’s find out.

Gerbil Toys – Safety First

Before we begin to look at suitable gerbil toys, it’s important to know how to keep your gerbils safe as they play.

Nosy gerbils will stick their heads into things as they explore.

You must therefore make sure that any toys with holes cut into them do not have spaces that could trap your gerbil’s head.

Gerbils love to gnaw and chew! Avoid giving them plastic toys that could easily splinter and injure your gerbil.

Keep an eye on plastic toys and remove them once they begin to show signs of chew damage.

If you give cardboard toys to your gerbils, be sure they’re only shredding the cardboard, rather than eating it.

Avoid choosing toys that have strings or other parts that could trap your gerbils’ legs, tail, or toes, potentially causing injury to your pet’s fragile limbs.

Best Gerbil Toys – Wheels

Most gerbils enjoy running on wheels.

Always choose wheels that have a solid surface and a solid back wall; tails and legs can so easily become trapped in wheels with cross-supports or rungs.

Kaytee Silent Spinner Exercise Wheel

The Kaytee Silent Spinner Exercise Wheel* is ideal for gerbils.

Choose the medium-size wheel so that the gerbil’s back stays reasonably straight while running.

Not all gerbils enjoy playing on a wheel, so don’t be worried if your pet decides that this form of exercise is not for him.

The maxim, “horses for courses” also applies to gerbils where exercise wheels are concerned!

Pet Comfort 8” Exercise Wheel

Another good exercise wheel that is ideal for gerbils is the Pet Comfort Exercise Wheel*.

The wheel is designed to attach easily to a wire cage for stability and runs silently, so you won’t be disturbed by a squeaky wheel if your gerbil fancies a midnight spin!

Exotic Nutrition 9″ Silent Wheel

The Exotic Nutrition Silent Runner* is another ultra-quiet wheel that’s perfect for gerbils.

The wheel has a solid back wall, the running surface is textured for non-slip grip, and the axel is centrally placed so there’s no risk of a trailing tail becoming trapped as the wheel rotates.

Best Gerbil Toys – Hides

Gerbils love to explore, and hides make a great choice of cage enrichment toy.

Choose hides made from untreated, unpainted wood or improvise with small cardboard boxes.

Remember to remove shredded cardboard, and try to choose boxes with little or no ink print on them.

Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way

The Kaytee Woodland Get-A-Way Small Mouse House* is a simple wooden hideaway that’s designed for mice and gerbils.

Your gerbils will love exploring this home!

B&P Hideaway Log

B&P’s Hamster Hideaway Log* is a more sophisticated gerbil hideaway that’s sure to keep your pets entertained for hours!

The hideaway log is made from all-natural wood and contains no preservatives or toxic additives so it’s safe for chewing.

The log contains two layers with eight rooms inside.

Ladders connect each room so your gerbils can spend hours exploring their new home.

You can open the hideaway roof too for extra variety.

An exterior climbing ladder provides added interest and enrichment.

Loveone’s Hideout Home

Loveone’s Hamster Hideout Home* is a simple, multi-room hideaway house that’s designed for mice, hamsters, and gerbils.

The house is made from natural wood and has multiple entrances and easy-access ramps.

A small feeding trough is included enabling you to provide your gerbils with added interest in the form of tasty treats.

Bright colors incorporated into the design of the hideaway add to the cute appeal of this hide.

Niteangel Natural Wooden Tunnel Toy

The Niteangel Natural Wooden Tunnel Tube Toy* is made from a hollowed-out tree branch.

This simple wooden gerbil toy has a total of nine different entrance/exit holes punched into the wood.

It’s a safe and interesting tunnel toy that will provide your pet with hours of entertainment.

The Niteangel offering is also one of the cheaper wooden hideaway toys we’ve found, so replacement when necessary won’t break the bank.

Although all these hideouts are well-made, remember that you will have to replace all wooden gerbil toys periodically, as they will be damaged by gnawing over time.

Gerbil Chew Toys

Gerbils love to chew!

Although you can provide simple chew toys, for example empty loo rolls, there are lots of specially designed gerbil chew toys that are inexpensive to buy.

Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler

The Kaytee Nut Knot Knibbler Toy* is a very cleverly designed gerbil chew toy that we love!

The toy is made from safe, untreated wood.

The vibrant, bright colors used to enhance the look and interest factor of the toy are derived from non-toxic natural vegetable dyes.

There are so many chewing possibilities provided by this toy, it will last even the most dedicated nibbler for ages before you need to replace it.

Kaytee Carrot Patch Chew Toys – 3 Pack

We also like the Kaytee 3 Count Chew Toy, Carrot Patch Variety*.

The pack contains three carrot-shaped gerbil chew toys.

The toys are made from wood (perfect for chewing and gnawing), sisal to keep your pet’s teeth clean as he chews, and loofa that acts as a soft chew for teeth flossing.

This gerbil chew toy ensures that your pets are kept busy gnawing while cleaning their teeth too!

Wooden Gerbil Toys

Any untreated wood products make great gerbil toy ideas.

Natural tree branches can be offered for chewing too.

Apple or willow make good gerbil chew toys, but be sure to check that the wood has not been sprayed with pesticide before you use it.

Avoid evergreen wood scraps, as these contain sap which can be messy and may harm your gerbils if they eat it.

It’s also worth looking at natural grass and plant fiber balls, tunnels, and toys that are marketed for rabbits*.

These are also great for gerbils!

Even the reptile and aquatic sections of your local pet store might turn up some surprising hideouts perfect for your gerbil.

Best Gerbil Toys – Climbing Frames and Tubes

Gerbils will enjoy climbing on just about anything.

As well as wooden houses that we’ve already covered, you can buy wooden ladders, see-saws and other wooden accessories.

The bird section of the pet store can be a good point of reference for this kind of product.

We absolutely love the Rosewood Pet Activity Assault Course*.

This toy offers so many exciting opportunities for play, it’s certain to keep your pet busy for hours on end.

Your gerbils can climb, swing, hide, and even chew this natural wood activity center – perfect!

Gerbil Toy Ideas – Dust baths

Just like chinchillas, gerbils enjoy a dust bath.

Buy a heavy ceramic or glass dish and put a couple of inches of chinchilla dust* in it.

Alternatively, you can buy chinchilla bathing huts* that make a colorful addition to your gerbil’s environment.

 A bathing hut will contain the dust and prevent it from ending up all over your gerbil’s bedding as he rolls and scratches around!

Your gerbils will love rolling and digging in the dust, which is also great for cleaning and conditioning their fur.

Remember to remove the dust bath and clean it out at least once a week.

Gerbils will mess in the dust as they play, so it’s important for hygiene that you change the dust and remove any droppings from the bath hut.

Best Gerbil Toys – Digging

In the wild, digging is a major occupation for gerbils.

You can satisfy this natural urge by providing deep areas of bedding* in their cage.

Hide a wooden shelter beneath the bedding so that the gerbils can create small underground burrows to sleep in.

You’ll find that mixing a small amount of Timothy hay* to the bedding will help the tunnels hold together better.

Fun Toys For Gerbils

Gerbils can make lively, entertaining little pets.

They’re easy to care for and fun to watch as they play.

Also, because gerbils are active during the daytime, you won’t miss out on any of the action!

Gerbils need lots of stimulation and cage enhancement to keep them occupied and happy.

Be sure to choose gerbil toys that are safe for your pets. Keep an eye on the condition of the toys and be sure to remove and replace any that have become worn and damaged.

Do you have some favorite gerbil toys?

We’d love to hear about the best gerbil toys you’ve found.

Did you come up with your own gerbil toy ideas or did you perhaps buy one of the toys we recommended?

Tell us all about your best gerbil toys in the comments section below!

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References and Further Reading

Lippman, Galosy & Thompson, Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, “Passive-Avoidance Learning in Gerbils and Rats”, 1970.

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Chews gerbil

You may think bar-chewing is simply what small mammals such as gerbils do. But it can actually lead to health issues in the mouth area. Keeping gerbils in a bar-free enclosure is a good idea, and you should also supply them with good things to gnaw at - wooden chews specifically made for gerbils, for example.

The commonest issue resulting from bar-chewing is 'bar rub'. This a condition brought on when a gerbil chews the bars so much that their skin becomes partially rubbed off and their teeth become misaligned. It affects small mammals kept as pets, usually when their cages are too small or when they lack stimulation and environment enrichment.


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There's the rub - bar rub may be due to boredom, overgrown teeth, or poor environment

Bar Rub

Bar rub can be a serious problem, not just a slightly irritating noise in the background. So it needs treating as soon as it becomes apparent, like any other illness. Below are some solutions to the problem.

Provide more enrichment

Sometimes gerbils can chew bars out of boredom. If they lack the right enrichment in their enclosure, they can chew bars out of boredom as well as the desire to escape the cage and find something entertaining.

Before you buy any extras to try to make your pets’ lives more interesting, it’s good to make sure that they have all the essentials - do they have enough bedding to burrow around in? Do they have a wheel that is large enough for them?

Provide a chew toy

Gerbils very often chew their bars in order to reduce the length of their teeth. These grow constantly throughout their lives, and gerbils living in captivity may no have enough hard food or wooden 'chews' for their teeth to wear down naturally. This means the teeth become overgrown. If this is the problem, the obvious solution for your pet is to chew whatever it can get its paws on - hard metal bars, if needs be!


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Gerbils need something to chew on - but it doesn't have to be cage bars

Buying gerbil chews or gnaws from the pet store and placing one in the enclosure ensures that they have access to something safe and pleasantly chewy. The object will be made of a non-splintering, non-toxic wood, and it will be much better for their cheeks and teeth than chewing on metal!

Play with your pets more

Sometimes gerbils chew the bars of their cage simply because they want to get out. Regular handling and play time should help. If they get more time out of the enclosure to run around, then they may feel less inclined to reenact a scene from the gerbil version of The Great Escape.

Buy a bigger cage

A constantly-chewing gerbil may be telling you that its cage is too small. In other words, it's trying to escape into a bigger space. If you’ve tried all of the above and the problem still persists, then you may have to buy a bigger cage.

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All of my Gerbil Chews - Part 1 - Alvin \u0026 Simon

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