How To Care For a Pet Gerbil

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from FreddyScribbles and more videos in the Small Pets category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com A gerbil makes a great “starter pet” for a child. Gerbils are friendly, fun to watch, quiet, and clean little guys whose cages don’t get smelly as fast as some animals’. To complete this How-To you will need: A gerbil A large wire cage or 20-gallon glass aquarium Hay, aspen shavings, or recycled shredded paper Gerbil food Fresh greens and vegetables A water bottle Untreated wood blocks Cardboard boxes, tubes, or flowerpots An exercise wheel 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

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