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Gerbil Housing Placement

Find a spot where your gerbil can comfortably observe its surroundings.

By Rachael Brugger

Gerbils Zzaps and Uno/© Courtesy Adrienne Katzman
Gerbils enjoy having their cage in an area where they can actively view their surroundings.

gerbil’s natural habitat is the desert. Keep this in mind when deciding on the placement of your small pet’s cage. Gerbils can withstand similar temperatures as humans, so keeping the room 65- to 85-degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Be sure to keep the cage away from drafts and avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as the tank can intensify the heat.

Put the cage in a room where the gerbil can actively view its surroundings. Usually an office or large hallway works best, away from windows. Gerbils do not mind busy areas because they enjoying watching the activity. Just make sure that it will be in a place that will be supervised, so that small children or other pets will not endanger it.

Remember that gerbils are napping creatures and will probably be awake for part of the night. Refrain from putting the cage in a bedroom if its activity will disturb your sleep. 

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Don't have gerbils but I do love them.
Scout, Greenville, SC
Posted: 3/14/2011 10:58:17 AM
I need to know more about gerbils and heat. My friend is watching my gerbils while I am on vacation and she emailed me saying they are acting sluggish and that it is very hot back home. I'm a bit worried. If anyone can help me with some information, please submit a comment.
Rowan, Horny Toad, NY
Posted: 8/18/2009 8:13:30 AM
good info
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 6/23/2009 7:44:04 AM
good article
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 1/23/2009 5:38:11 AM
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