Features To Look Out For
As this gerbil cage is going to be where your gerbils hopefully spend the remainder of their life, it needs to be of a luxurious size that does not feel claustrophobic or cramped, giving them room to explore and opportunities to engage in.
As a general rule, for a pair of gerbils, just get the absolutely largest size gerbilarium you can afford, ensuring they have more than enough room to get up to plenty of hijinx!
The enclosure also needs to be deep to allow lots of space for bedding – ideally you want to fill up the base of your enclosure with five to six inches of bedding!
Gerbils need to be able to breathe! Wire cage toppings should provide plenty of ventilation, but if your enclosure doesn’t have once, ensure there are sufficient breathing holes!
It’s going to be much easier for you if you buy a cage which already has items such as a wheel, platforms, ladders and more crucially a water bottle and food bowls included!
Cage Structure With Large Base
When shopping for a gerbil cage, you’re likely to come across many hamster and rat cages that are also advertised as being for gerbils. However, gerbils need a very specific type of environment, with a cage base that can be filled with bedding up to six inches in height!
Most hamster cages can’t provide anything even remotely near that and are just too small in general.
Therefore, you need to prioritise your search for large glass basin structures with an attachable wire cage topping, as opposed to wire cages with attachable plastic tray bottoms!
Naturally, an incredibly important but often overlooked feature of gerbilariums is what safety features they have. Cage’s with secure locking systems and sufficiently small spacing between the bars ensure gerbils can’t easily escape and get lost from their enclosure.
You also want to make sure that any wire cage stopping can be fixed securely to the plastic or glass basin, and that it is not small enough to fall inside of the basin, where it could harm your pets.
As previously mentioned, things like glass and thick plastic materials are perfect basin materials as well as metal for your wire cage topping. This is because gerbils are excessive gnawers and chewers, and could easily bite their way through weaker materials like wood and thin plastics!
Ease of Cleaning
Although gerbils aren’t too messy compared to other rodents, they still can’t clean up after themselves and so ideally you want a cage that makes things easy for you to clean up. Removing the base should be an easy short-step procedure, and the cage itself should also have quick access doors so you can remove your gerbil or any accessories you want to clean without much hassle.
Just like us, gerbils need their own room to retire too after a long hard day! Nesting areas provide them with somewhere to rest, sleep and also hide in whenever they feel threatened or scared.