Getting a new Gerbil?

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Getting a new Gerbil?

Check list Settling in your gerbil We have a great guide to help you make bringing your gerbil home stress free and smooth with some handy tips for you to help settle your gerbil in to their new life happily.  Our check list below will ensure that you have everything for your new gerbils arrival. Check List Gerbilarium (gerbil cage) Nest House Bedding / nesting material Substrate / flooring material Gerbil food Feeding bowl Water bottle Gerbil hygiene products Mineral stone Exercise wheel Tubes and toys Gnawing sticks / treats View our Gerbil Products section for our wide range of gerbilariums, nest houses, bedding, food and toys Visit our Gerbil Housing section to learn more about gerbilariums, nesting, bedding, toys and exercise Visit our Gerbil Feeding section to find out about what foods your gerbil likes to eat BackTo Top Settling in your gerbil Once you have brought your gerbil home its best to leave them alone for a day or so to settle in.  Your gerbil needs this quiet time to adjust to their new surroundings and calm down after travelling. Before you start to handle your gerbil let them get used to your voice.  Then introduce your hand so they can become used to your smell.  Your gerbil may come over and sniff or rub against it.  Try stroking your gerbil very slowly and gently.  Avoid making any sudden movements. Gerbils prefer to climb or sit on you rather than be grasped. They are very friendly and will usually just walk onto your hand. Pick your gerbil up by cupping one hand under them and one hand over them to stop them from jumping off. Handle your gerbil over a table or close to the floor in case they wriggle or jump out of your hands.  Sitting on the floor is a good idea as if your gerbil does try to jump they will fall into your lap. Never pick your gerbil up by the tail, this is extremely painful for your gerbil and will cause the skin to tear off at the base of their tail. Handle your gerbil once a day and they will soon become tame and friendly. BackTo Top