Diet: Commercial food mix are readily available and are excellent for a gerbil’s primary food. Most should have all the nutritional requirements for a healthy pet. Oats, millet, wheat, cereal, and dry pasta make a wonderful addition to your pet’s diet. Timothy hay and/or alfalfa can also be given as a food to gerbils. They are also an additional source of protein which is lacking in some pet foods. Treats should only be a small part of your gerbil’s diet. There is a wide variety of commercial treats available that will be greatly enjoyed by your pet. Although gerbils do not drink a lot of water, they need a steady source of water or they can become dehydrated. A small water bottle is a perfect way to supply your pet with water.
Housing: A gerbil needs an appropriate home where he is safe, secure, and happy. The home needs places for your pet to sleep, eat, play, and run around. Gerbils love to chew so the cage needs to be secure enough to prevent an accidental escape. Your pet’s home should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from drafty areas. Gerbils need a few inches of bedding on the bottom of the cage. They use the bedding to burrow, dig, and build nests. The bedding also aids in absorbing smells. There are a variety of commercial bedding available. Those made from recycled paper, wood, and corncob work well. Pine or cedar substrates should be avoided since they can be toxic to your pets.