Quick Answer: What Makes Gerbils Happy?

Should I cover my gerbils cage at night?

Unlike covering a bird cage, covering a gerbil cage at night won’t help your gerbil sleep.

Gerbils are active throughout the day and night, so darkness doesn’t act as a sleep cue.

However, covering the gerbilarium can help to muffle any noise coming from within.

This may make it easier for you to sleep..

How do I know if my gerbil is happy?

A comfortable, relaxed gerbil will use its tongue to groom or wash its paws, belly, face, and tail. It may do this in its cage or when it is being held by you to show you that it is happy and calm. Notice if your gerbil digs or burrows in its cage.

What do gerbils like to play with?

Things to Chew and Play: Gerbils love to chew. There are many cheap ways to keep your gerbil happy: cardboard boxes, Kleenex boxes, empty toilet paper rolls, cork, untreated wood, untreated wicker baskets, PVC pipes, ladders, a running wheel (must have a solid surface!).

Do gerbils like to be petted?

Most gerbils enjoy petting or sitting in your hand. Some gerbils will allow you to cuddle or hug them once trust is established.

How do you know if your gerbil likes you?

Gerbils Are Social Creatures If your gerbil begins jumping in the air, it means she’s thrilled to see you. The most exciting sign of affection is when gerbils purr while they are being held and petted, which makes their whole body vibrate.

How do you tell if your gerbil is stressed?

Thumping. This is something gerbils do when they are excited or stressed, as a warning to other gerbils. 3 The thumping is produced by pounding both hind legs on the ground.

What are gerbils favorite food?

Gerbils will enjoy small amounts of dried banana, pumpkin seeds, nuts, millet (the kind sold for budgies and other birds), crispy vegetables such as raw broccoli and carrot, small amounts of fruit, such as apples and grapes (but break the skin so the gerbil can easily see the moist interior), alfalfa, and hay.

Do gerbils like music?

Gerbils can hear frequencies between 100 and 60,000 Hz. They can hear most music, except lower-pitched sounds (bass, for example). Most gerbils enjoy classical music played quietly, as it relaxes them. Loud or fast music, such as rock and metal, can be stressful for gerbils.