Category Archives for "Gerbils"
Whether you are looking to replace or update your current cage or you are getting a gerbil or other small rodent soon, you may be surprised by the different sizes and style of the cages out there now.
It can be pretty hard trying to find the best one for you and your furry pet, so we picked out 5 of the best ones when it comes to quality and use that you can get today. We also answered a few of the most commonly asked questions that you may have about the cage(s).
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This is one of the few cages that has two large stories, each with their own loft (the bottom loft leads to the second story), and a small shelf at the bottom for storage.
One of the other unique features is that the stairs also come with soft covers to prevent your furry ball from getting their foot stuck in the holes, and it can make it easier for them to climb up the stairs.
You can also get this model in a standard single-sized model or as an add on that you can attach on top of another cage or a fish take, too, but the prices and quality can vary. The add-on, for example, can be a bit difficult to attach to some of the tanks out there.
Still, this nearly 5.5-foot tall, 3-foot long, and 2-foot wide cage can be one of the best when it comes to space and spoiling your small bundle of fuzz.
This cage is a little bigger than the standard-size; about 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and over a foot tall. This is also one of the few modular cages out there, and it is also one of the few cages that have an entire canvas bottom and ramp covers.
You can also buy every part of the set separately in case you only want to replace or add a few of the parts instead of getting a whole new kit, but depending on what you need, getting the entire kit can be more worth it.
The canvas bottom is waterproof, too, so you do not have to worry about getting the surface the cage is on wet with your little guy's water or pee.
This is possibly the most standard cage on this list, but it is a little bit smaller than the regular size. It comes with a plastic bottom which the cage portion clips onto in several areas and is the bottom layer. Then, there is a plastic set of stairs that leads to the loft.
This cage does have two different doors (one on the front and one on the top), but it also comes with two small, wire handles on either side of the cage, too. These are pretty convenient if you are carrying it for a quick second, but if the cage is full, it can put a little bit of strain on the clips.
Still, if you only have one or two gerbils, this is a nice, simple, and basic option for gerbils and other small rodents, too.
This cage is a little more unique when it comes to the design since it is one of the only cages that has a clear bottom layer, meaning you will be able to see your gerbils nearly everywhere throughout the cage, minus any huts or toys they may hide in/under.
There is also a built-in running wheel that is large enough for most gerbils that are in the bottom layer, but you should try to keep the padding minimal around here since it can stop the wheel from turning.
Unfortunately, the stairs are also the same material as the bottom tank, making them a little slippery for smaller rodents, like gerbils. However, you can do a little do-it-yourself and stick or glue some material to the stairs; make sure whatever material you use is safe for the animal(s).
On the bright side, the cage also comes with a water bottle, hideaway, and a connection port for any plastic tubes you may have or want to add in the future.
The last on the list, this is not a cage by itself; it is an add on meant for enlarging a cage. It is about 19 inches long, nearly 10 inches wide, and is about 11.5 inches tall with a triangle roof.
It can fit most fish tanks that are about 10 gallons fairly easily, as long as they do not have too much or little of a top lip. It also comes with metal stairs to connect the two stories and a loft.
It does not come with extras like the last model, but it is one of the most affordable models out right now.
When it comes to size and quality, the best out of these 5 cages would probably be the Midwest Deluxe Critter Nation, the first one. You can get it in whatever size you need, it comes with stair covers, and it is one of the longest-lasting models out there.
No matter how many layers or levels are in the cage, there should be at least 1 to 2 inches of bedding in the cage at all times. If there is too much bedding, it can be difficult for your gerbils to walk on it, and it can cost a little more when it comes to cleaning the cage.
However, if there is not enough bedding, it can be messier and it can even hurt the paws of the gerbils after enough time they spend walking on the hard surfaces of the cage.
A good rule of thumb is to put around the same amount of bedding as your gerbil is tall, or even more.
The two best materials are glass and metal, but metal is a little bit better at keeping your gerbil socially included; glass can make them feel isolated. You should always try to avoid getting cages with plastic, excluding the bottoms and trays.
The more plastic the cages have, the more likely the gerbils will chew and gnaw on it, and that can make them sick or worse if they eat the pieces that they chew off.
You can technically get any sized-cage for your gerbil, but you can expect them to usually favor a small corner in particular. If you are tight on space, then a standard 3-foot by 2-foot cage is good enough for one or two gerbils, as long as they get along.
For two or more gerbils, you may want to consider a cage with two or more stories. If you already have a standard-sized cage, it can be pretty easy for you to find an add-on for a cage, like the first product. If not, it is not too hard to find 2-story cages or cages that can be connected to another section, like the second product.
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