Usually, we like to live in a clean environment and so do gerbils. In fact, having a clean cage is important for the health and well-being of your gerbil and taking a few minutes every week to ensure the job is done right is easy and effective. Gerbil cages also have a tendency to start stinking if they’re not cleaned regularly which is an important motivator for gerbil owners. This article will discuss some of the elements of cage cleaning so that you know your gerbil is always happy and healthy.
You should always remove your gerbil from the cage before you clean it. Make sure to put them in a safe place so they can’t escape. A running ball, playpen, or even your bathtub or sink can be a great place to keep your gerbil while cleaning the cage. Next, remove and save a small handful of the gerbil’s bedding; this will be used later in the cleaning process. Begin cleaning the cage with warm, soapy water. Wipe all the surfaces of the cage as well as toys and play equipment. It’s best to use unscented soap. Dry the cage with a paper towel or clean, dry cloth. Finally, put new bedding in the bottom of the cage in addition to the handful of bedding that you saved before the cleaning began. The old bedding helps your gerbil acclimatize to the newly cleaned cage as they will recognize the smell of the bedding.
Cleaning your gerbil’s cage should take no more than 20 minutes but can create a safe, clean environment for your gerbil. Though the effort is small, the rewards are considerable and your gerbil will certainly be happier when you take the time to maintain their living quarters. All animals prefer to be clean, and gerbils are no exception.