Since gerbils chew up literally everything they get their hands onto, gerbil toys don’t usually last long. Not only are gerbil toys not always the cheapest, but the need to constantly refill them can be kind of tiring and expensive. However, there is an alternative to buying toys; making them.
Toilet and Paper Towel Rolls
Not only does this provide some fun for their curious side, it is also a great thing to chew. If you have enough, it’s simple to set them up in a tunnel and watch your gerbils explore. Unfortunately, in most cases it will take under 15 minutes for a toilet paper roll to disappear– meaning it might be helpful to have some friends and family collecting their toilet paper rolls as well. Around Christmastime, wrapping paper rolls can be a fun toy as well.
This is another simple do it yourself toy that gerbils will love… as long as you have some wood laying around. Gerbils will knaw on them and eventually it will trim their teeth, which is definitely a plus. Any wood you give them needs to be untreated, completely natural.
Some people will trust sticks from the yard, although, I personally try to avoid them as they may contain mites or bugs.
- Egg boxes – as long as there is no egg on the box and it looks clean.
- Coffee Cup Holders – as long as coffee hasn’t spilled on them.
Yes, some gerbils do like to look at themselves. Others wouldn’t care one way or another. The best way to do this to ensure that the glass doesn’t break is to put it on the outside of a glass cage. This way, they can’t bite it, but they can still see themselves.
What NOT to Use
- Treated Wood
- Pine/Cedar Wood
- Other Animals/bugs