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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, hoping for some help before buying some gerbils. This is my current cage, will it be ok if I add a seperate burrowing place or an aquarium to the bottom?

Any help or ideas or tips would be most helpful.

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you will probably have to get some mesh as the bars look a little big on the cage. congrads thou on adding to your family

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you will probably have to get some mesh as the bars look a little big on the cage. congrads thou on adding to your family

Really? I have a dwarf hamster in there at the moment and he cant get out. Are gerbils much the same size?
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you might be ok then if u have a dwarf hamstser in it, there a little bigger then that i think

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this might help you http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f13/gerbils-6574.html

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thanks, thats a big help. Do you think the cage would be ok to start with? I know the different levels are plastic and will eventually get chewed to bits, but i was planning on adding a seperate box/burrowing den to try and cut down on that.
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i think it would be fine i dont see why not, other then the chewing

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i think it would be fine i dont see why not, other then the chewing
Thank you so much, its nice to know I won't have to buy another cage just yet. When i do get a new one, is there any cages/gerbilariums that are recomended (im not a big fan of aquariums but dont know why lol.)
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Thank you so much, its nice to know I won't have to buy another cage just yet. When i do get a new one, is there any cages/gerbilariums that are recomended (im not a big fan of aquariums but dont know why lol.)
not sure but i was thinking why not just use that cage and replace the shelves on it ? instead of upgrading cages just make that one more amusing

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not sure but i was thinking why not just use that cage and replace the shelves on it ? instead of upgrading cages just make that one more amusing
what just buy some stuff (wood/plastic) and kind of add on to it? To be honest I was a little bit more worried about the digging nature i keep reading gerbils have. The tray is only sort of 4 inches deep which doesn't leave much room. Thats why i was thinking of attaching a seperate burrowing place, whether a bin or a bought one.

I've seen gerbils in shops where they haven't had much room to dig, do you think they need it?
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I've seen gerbils in shops where they haven't had much room to dig, do you think they need it?
That's because they're just there temporarily . Gerbils really do seem to enjoy digging and burrowing .




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Gerbils LOVE to dig. I had a few for years and they burrowed under the aspen like crazy. Make sure not to use pine or cedar bedding. it's not good for them. and a roll of toilet paper (plain!) is so much fun for them!

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