How to keep your gerbils stay active in enclosure?
Mots gerbil owners want to keep they be active as they would be in nature. But gerbils do not have plenty of space to run around in the enclosure. This is why they need an alternative method of getting exercise.
They might sometimes need help and encouragement from their owners to get enough exercise. You can keep your gerbil stay active and healthy by giving them some toys, creating a stimulating environment for them to live in.
#1 Gerbil running wheel
Exercise wheels are a popular accessory in gerbil cages. Some gerbils just like to run on the wheel and it provides a perfect exercise for them. There are just some things to keep in mind when choosing best gerbil wheel are: make sure it is specifically designed for gerbils, not for hamster, be large enough for a gerbil, and have a suitable solid running surface.
Your gerbils need larger wheels that have are least 20 cm (8″) in diameter, larger even better to them. Never use a wire gerbil wheel with large gap as their tail could get caught in it.
#2 Flying saucers
Flying saucers have a same form as running wheel and even be safer. Gerbils can use flying saucers to run on. If your gerbils do not like their wheel or you cannot find a good wheel for them, then a flying saucer is a good alternative to running wheel as it is better at preventing gerbil’s tails from get caught.
Flying saucers should be made of metal or chew-proof plastic. They should also have a large enough diameter, similar to that of running wheels.
#3 Exercise ball
You can place your gerbil in exercise ball. Gerbil will walk around like normal and move the ball from inside. This will make the ball roll around the floor. However, you also need to ensure that you get the ball specifically made for gerbils. It should have at least 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter.
It is also important to see if your gerbils like using it and always be in the vicinity. Also, you should take them out of the ball after 5-10 minutes. This is because there are some dangers associated with exercise balls.
Gerbils have only a limited sight and being bump or crash into furniture or falling down from stairs with the balls can make your gerbil get stress.