How to Stop Gerbils From Making a Mess: Pro Tips That Work

How to Stop Gerbils From Making a Mess

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Ever feel like you're living in a war zone thanks to your messy gerbils? 😅

Like you're constantly wading through chaos and destruction?

Don't worry, I understand.

But hey, what if I told you there's hope?

Let's begin.

Gerbil Hygiene: Preventing Mess and Keeping Them Clean

Gerbil Hygiene: Preventing Mess and Keeping Them Clean
Keep gerbils tidy. Give 'em hideouts, change dirty bedding often. Get plastic trays for food and mess, put wire mesh for more safety. But don't forget, leave some old bedding to avoid fights between your lil' buddies.

Here are 10 simple tips to keep your gerbils clean and mess-free, you know:

  1. You gotta give them hiding spots or tunnels so their bedding and food don't get scattered all over the place.
  2. Clean their cage regularly, just to keep things tidy, okay?
  3. Use plastic trays to catch the mess caused by their bedding and food, it helps a lot.
  4. If you want to go the extra mile, put wire mesh covering on their cage to stop things from flying everywhere.
  5. And if you already have a wire cage, add some mesh netting to really minimize the mess, yeah?
  6. Replace dirty bedding often, 'cause who wants that smell lingering around, not you!
  7. But here's the thing, don't remove all the old bedding when you replace it, leave a bit to avoid fights between your little gerbils.
  8. Don't overstuff the cage with too much bedding, that just creates more mess for you to deal with, trust me.
  9. Stick to using wood or paper pulp bedding since they soak up liquids well and have less dust floating in the air, it's better for everyone.
  10. Oh, and don't forget to offer them toys and chewing items to distract them from excessive digging, keeps them occupied and the mess under control.

Now, let's shift gears and ensure we're taking care of their hygiene too, alright?

  • Keep their bathroom area clean, nobody likes a dirty restroom, even gerbils.
  • Their eyes need to be kept clean and moist, encourage blinking, it'll do the trick.
  • Understand their water habits, it helps with reducing the stinkiness of their urine, you see?
  • Let them mark their territory using their scent glands, it's natural for them and keeps everything in balance.
  • If you wanna give them a bath, try sand baths with reptile or kid's play sand, just avoid the dusty ones like chinchilla sand, nobody likes sneezing all day long.

Keeping your gerbils clean and mess-free is super important for their health and overall happiness.

Take good care of them, my friend. 🐾

And speaking of keeping your gerbils clean and mess-free, I have something that can help with that too.

If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, like I often did, I highly recommend checking out my blog post Can Gerbils Be Toilet Trained.

How to Prevent Gerbil Cage Smell

Use natural odor-absorbing materials to combat pesky gerbil cage odors.

Dried herbs or activated charcoal are great options that won't harm your furry friends.

How to Prevent Gerbil Cage Smell
Use crushed walnut shells or shredded newspaper as bedding for your gerbil's cage. They're fragrance-free and super absorbent, keeping their living space clean and smelling fresh.

Gerbils and other rodents have a unique scent, somewhat reminiscent of urine or poop, so you should take action against any unpleasant smells.

Stay away from chemical air fresheners since they may mask the natural scents and potentially contain harmful substances.

Opt for the natural route and keep your gerbil happy and healthy.

Give your little pet the fresh, clean environment they deserve.

How to Clean a Gerbil's Cage

Cleaning your gerbil's cage is super vital to keep things tidy and get rid of waste.

You should do a deep clean every 3-4 weeks, but make sure that you also clean up any messes on a daily basis!

Opt for eco-friendly alternatives or employ a mixture of water and diluted vinegar when selecting cleaning solutions.

Using harsh chemicals can be bad news for your furry pals.

Here's the breakdown of how to properly clean your gerbil's cage:

  1. Take out the gerbils and remove all the stuff in the cage.
  2. Wash the bedding, toys, and the cage itself.
  3. Pay extra attention to the corners where things tend to get messy over time.
  4. Make sure everything is completely dry before putting them back in the cage.

By implementing these measures, you'll establish a hygienic and secure environment for your cute gerbil companions.

So grab your cleaning supplies and get to work!

But what if I told you there's a way to prevent those messy gerbil antics?

Let me introduce you to some clever cage solutions that will make cleaning a breeze and keep your furry friends happy and entertained!

Optimal Housing Solutions for Happy and Clean Gerbils

Adjustable wire cages with removable trays for easy cleaning

Opt for adjustable wire cages with removable trays if you aim to provide your gerbils a comfortable habitat that is also convenient for you to maintain.

These cages let your gerbils explore and get plenty of air.

Plus, cleaning becomes a breeze with the removable trays.

You don't have to struggle anymore. Just take out the tray, clean it, and put it back.

Deep glass cages with ample bedding to prevent mess

Gerbils love digging and burrowing, which can create quite a mess in their cages.

To keep sawdust from getting everywhere and ending up in corners, go for deep glass cages with at least six inches of comfy bedding.

Optimal Housing Solutions for Happy and Clean Gerbils
For the best gerbil digs, get yourself adjustable wire cages that come with removable trays. And don't forget those deep glass cages with cushy 6-inch bedding. Now, if you want some company for your buddy, check out those bin cages made from big plastic tubs. And here's a pro-tip: use plastic sheets clipped onto the cage sections to keep their digging mess all in one place. Trust me, it'll make cleanup a breeze for you.

The deep bedding lets your gerbils burrow happily without leaving a mess all over your floor.

And with glass walls, it's easy for you to watch and interact with your furry friends.

Bin cages for multiple gerbils and mess containment

Gerbils are social animals that thrive when they have company.

If you have more than one gerbil, give them a home where they can be together, like bin cages made from large plastic tubs.

Optimal Housing Solutions for Happy and Clean Gerbils
Use bin cages with clip-on plastic sheets to keep gerbils from making a mess. They're affordable and roomy, keeping your gerbils happy. Plus, they make cleaning easy. You save time and your furry friends get a clean and cozy home.

Bin cages are spacious and cost-effective, perfect for keeping those gerbil messes contained.

To prevent bedding from scattering outside the cage, consider adding plastic sheets that clip onto the cage sections.

By choosing the right housing solutions for your gerbils, you can ensure they're happy, clean, and living their best lives.

Stop Gerbils from Making a Mess

Key takeaways for preventing gerbils from making a mess:

  1. Use plastic catching trays, wire mesh covering, and mesh netting to prevent messes.
  2. Regularly spot clean, clean the entire cage every 3-4 weeks, and replace soiled bedding.
  3. Provide toys and chewing items to distract gerbils from digging.
  4. Clean up after gerbils as they have specific bathroom habits.
  5. Use wood or paper pulp bedding for absorbency and reduced dust.
  6. Gerbil feces are odorless and blinking is important for eye health.
  7. Gerbils conserve water, resulting in less smelly urine.
  8. They mark territory using scent glands, so avoid air fresheners.
  9. Thoroughly clean the cage and accessories when sanitizing every few weeks.
  10. Provide deep bedding and consider socialization with other gerbils.

And that's all for today, folks!

If you wanna read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: Gerbils' Ability to Venture Outdoors, Taming Nervous Gerbils, Ways Gerbils Protect Themselves, Is My Gerbil Scared of Me, and Gerbils' Sleeping Behavior: Sleeping in a Stack

Until next time,

-Alex Amber

Alex Amber

Hi there! I'm Alex, and this is my blog, Gerbil 101. As you've probably guessed by now, this is the go-to blog for all things gerbil, covering topics from gerbil care to food, drink, health, behavior, and so much more. I truly hope you find my care guides useful, as I put a lot of time into writing them!