Thursday, 3 May 2012

A EXCELLENT TIP






secure split tank
The tank above is my favorite split tank. It is secure, has a hinged lid (for interaction with one gerbil at a time), and is easy to build.
When introducing two gerbils to each other, you should always use the split-cage method. The basic idea is to let the gerbils see and smell each other but prevent them from injuring each other in the meantime. Gerbils are very territorial and will attack strangers, usually fighting to the death. Read more about using the split-cage method in the Split-Cage Introductions Tip and in the AGS Handbook.
There are many ways to build a split tank. Suzie liked to run up and over dividers, so I ran the risk of her getting Samantha every time I removed the lid to feed or play with one of them. When I saw aluminum channel at the hardware store and a hinged lid at the pet shop, I got an idea. The result is Twin Squeaks' split tank. It prevents escapes, has an easy-to-remove divider, is sturdy, and lets you feed and hand-tame one gerbil at a time.
Others have modified this original design, creating tanks that meet their own needs. You can see a couple of these variations at the links below:




close-up of brackets
In this photo, you can see how the aluminum channel is attached to the side of the tank. It serves as both a guide and an anchor for the removable hardware-cloth divider.
You will need the following materials to build your own split tank:




  • aluminum channel
  • non-toxic aquarium sealant
  • 1/2- or 1/4-inch hardware cloth
  • tin snips
  • hinged tank lid
  • tank-lid clamps


First, measure the width of the bottom of the tank and the height of the sides of the tank. Next, go to your local hardware store and find a length of aluminum channel. Click here to see a photo of aluminum channel. The piece I got was 4 feet in length. A store employee trimmed it into three measured pieces for me. For a 15-gallon tank, you will need one 11.5-inch piece (for the floor of the tank) and two 11-inch pieces (for the sides of the tank).
Follow the instructions on the package of aquarium sealant. (Non-toxic aquarium sealant is safe for gerbils, as long as you give it time to cure and dry.) Use the sealant to attach the three pieces of aluminum channel to the sides and bottom of the tank. I taped each to the side with masking tape to help hold them in place while the sealant cured. If you find that the inner edge of the plastic tank rim gets in the way of sliding the aluminum channel down along the sides, use your tin snips to cut a small notch out of the plastic rim.
After 5-10 minutes, you can use a small razor edge (or similar tool) to trim off any excess sealant. Wait at least 48 hours before doing any more work on your split tank. Aquarium sealant gives off a vinegar-like odor while it is curing. Make sure you don't smell it anymore before you let your gerbils move into the tank.


A few days after you apply the non-toxic aquarium sealant, you can finish building the split tank. If you used masking tape to secure the aluminum channel, remove it.
Use the tin snips to trim the hardware cloth so it slides down into the side pieces of aluminum channel. It should fit down into the bottom piece of aluminum channel and should come up to the top edge of the tank when inserted into the tank.
Sam & Suzie in the split tank
Samantha and Suzie check out the split tank.
When trimming the hardware cloth, err on the side of cutting it too large, as it is better to have hardware cloth that fits snuggly into the aluminum channel than to have a loose fit that gerbils can pry loose.
Place the hinged lid on the tank. I used these hinged lids. Clickhere to see the lid opened. You can see that you could handle one gerbil and keep the other gerbil safely on his or her half of the tank. Make sure you secure the tank lid with lid clamps.
When you are ready to introduce gerbils, you can slide the hardware cloth out of the tank. You can also remove the hardware cloth for easier tank cleaning.

http://www.twinsqueaks.com/split-tank.html
Direct From Twin Squeaks, making information easier to access!
No credit for me in this one
apart from some changes!

Monday, 23 April 2012



BUYING YOUR GERBILS!

Gerbils make ideal pets for young and old alike. However, before buying a pet gerbil there are many things that need to be considered very carefully as owning a gerbil requires a commitment in terms of time and finances.

Here are all the Categories we have here:


1. Considerations Prior To Buying Your Gerbils - 
Advice On Things To Consider Before Buying A Gerbil


2. Places To Buy Your Gerbils -
Information on the different places to buy a gerbil.

3. Buying Your Gerbils From A Breeder
Information given about breeders and shops

4. Buying Your Gerbils From A Rescue Home
About Rescue homes! blah blah what else!

5. Buying Your Gerbils From A Pet Shop
Dangers About Pet shops.. 

6. Selecting Your Gerbils -
Advice on selecting a healthy gerbil.


7. Preparing For Your Gerbils  -
Advice about preparing for the arrival of a gerbil.


8. Preparing Your Gerbils Home - 
What Stuff you need and that in it! lol

9. Bringing Your Gerbils Home
Advice on bringing a gerbil home and having it settling in.

Got most pictures, need one for selecting your gerbils!
Anyone got a nice picture and would care to send it by email to me! would be awesome!

1. Considerations Prior To Buying Your Gerbils
Taking on any pet requires a commitment to provide proper care for it during its life and in the case of gerbils this can be for 3-5 years or longer. 

**Gerbils like to live in PAIRS. 
So its best of getting 2 or more and not one.**
A gerbil will need attention and daily care and feeding. In addition a gerbil may require veterinary treatment if the gerbil becomes ill which can be costly.

A child cannot be expected to provide all the care and finances required to keep a pet gerbil, particularly if the gerbil requires veterinary treatment, 

so it is important if buying a gerbil for a child that an adult member of the family is prepared to share the commitment of owning a gerbil.

2. Places To Buy Your Gerbils From

Gerbil breeders may be located through gerbil clubs or advertisements for gerbils for sale.
Better to Buy from Breeders,
Read This Article:
(I highly recommend you to read this)


"Taming Mongolian gerbils is usually a smooth process, providing they were from a rescue or ethical breeder. Pet shop gerbils may be harder to tame due to their past mistreatment. Pet shops tend to buy stock from mass importers – conditions during shipping can be very bad with overcrowding and lack of adequate food and water. Often gerbils die in transport. By the time they arrive at the pet shop they are severely traumatised.
The best thing you can do is to avoid buying from a pet shop until you know for absolute certain the supplier is ethical.
Independent breeders tend to breed because they love gerbils – every gerbil is their baby!
Wherever you get your gerbil from though always give a new pet a few days to get used to a new environment before attempting to handle them."


3. Buying Your Gerbils from a Breeder
The advantages of buying directly from a breeder is that breeding has usually been carefully planned and thought through with regard to producing robust, healthy gerbils of good temperament. Many breeders will also offer some form of guarantee contracting to take the gerbil back if not suitable. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said for gerbils sold in pet shops where the history of the gerbils for sale is often unknown.

Some breeders of gerbils also show their gerbils and so breed towards producing a good healthy show gerbil with a view to keeping one or two themselves so quality and temperament is of vital importance when planning their breeding.
Although breeders of show gerbils have usually carefully planned the breeding of their gerbils, there are also owners who have bred their pet gerbils. These may be the result of a planned or unplanned pregnancy but the gerbils have usually been well cared for and handled.

Buying a gerbil direct from the breeder means that there is the opportunity to see the parents and know the date of birth of the gerbil(s) that it is intended to purchase.
Unfortunately not all private breeders are reputable - there are breeders who, whilst not "commercial" take on gerbil breeding as a financial hobby and as such their main aim is quantity rather than quality.

4. Buying Your Gerbils from a Rescue Home
Another option when seeking a gerbil as a pet is to obtain a gerbil from a rescue home. Many gerbils, both young and old, unfortunately become abandoned or homeless through no fault of their own every year.
Rescue homes usually assess the gerbil's behaviour and health on arrival and ensure it receives any necessary veterinary treatment before offering for rehoming.
The background, exact age or breeding details of gerbisl in Rescue homesare often not know. However, unless the intention is to show or breed then rescue gerbils should be considered.
Poor Gerbil waiting for someone to buy him :(

Depending on the rescue organisation they may require the completion of a series of forms, interviews or even a home visit to assess suitabilty as a potential gerbil owner. Their primary concern is to ensure the correct placement of the gerbils in their care with a suitable new owner.

5. Buying Your Gerbil from a Pet Shop


Some pet shops offer gerbils for sale. These gerbils are unlikely to have come from a reputable show breeder and are most likely to have come from a pet owner with an unplanned pregnancy or from commercial gerbil breed facility. 

There is some risk as to whether these gerbils will be of good temperament or health as the parents cannot be seen and often little or no information can be given 
about their background or breeding.


6. Selecting Your Gerbils
When selecting a gerbil, first of all look at all the gerbils in the cage and the conditions they are kept in. They should be in good healthy condition and not be kept in overcrowded cages. The cages themselves should be clean and the gerbils should have access to food and water.

The gerbils should ideally be 5-6 weeks of age - gerbils should not be sold younger than this.
Once you have found a good pet shop or breeder inspect the gerbils carefully. If one gerbil appears sick the others may also be at risk of being ill so it is best to look in another cage or another shop.

Check that the gerbil is bright eyed and alert when it is awake. It should be inquisitive and not too nervous. Beware of any gerbil that has runny or sticky eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wet or dirty bottom, matted fur, seems lethargic or does not have a firm body. All of these things can indicate a sick gerbil.

Once you have seen a healthy gerbil that you like, ask if you can handle it so that you can see how tame it is. If a shop does not allow you to handle the gerbil you have no opportunity to assess how suitable it is as a pet and cannot check its health properly before buying so is best avoided.


7. Preparing For Your Gerbils
It is best first to go and buy the cage and equipment a day or two before you actually go out to buy your gerbil(s). This means you can make sure you have everything that you need before buying your gerbil and it allows you plenty of time to prepare the cage so that it is all ready for the arrival of your gerbil(s).
When you do go out and buy your gerbil you can then take the gerbil out of the travelling container immediately and place it in the cage, keeping the time kept in the travelling container and stress involved to a minimum.


8. Bringing Your Gerbils Home
The pet shop or breeder will normally give you a container to take your gerbil home in. This is usually a cardboard box with airholes but gerbils have a habit of chewing their way out of these and so they are not ideal 

- particularly if you have a long journey home.
Therefore it is best to go prepared and take a more suitable container with you. This can either be a small plastic carrying box designed for the transportation of small animals sold in pet shops or any suitable sized plastic tub (such as an ice cream tub) punched with holes.

Place a handful of woodshavings or some torn up tissue paper in the container so that the gerbil will be comfortable and a handful of food.
If you already have a cage and it is easy enough to transport then you can take this with you to go and collect your gerbil. 

However, do not fix a water bottle to the cage as the motion of the car, walking, etc will cause the bottle to drip and soak the cage. If you have a long journey provide the gerbil instead with a piece of cucumber from which it will gain some moisture during the journey.

Once you arrive home, place the gerbil immediately in the prepared cageand leave it to settle. It will take the gerbil a couple of days to get used to all the new smells and sounds of its new home and will find this time a little stressful. Therefore although you may be tempted to get your gerbil out and play with it, try to resist for the first couple of days so that it can first of all get used to its new surroundings and feel comfortable. This will help to keep its stress to a minimum.

After a couple of days the gerbil will become used to its new home and will generally seem more settled. This is the time when you can start to introduce your gerbil to handling.

Lovely Gerbils, making information about gerbils more and more easy accessible.


If Anyone Has Good Tips or Photos I Could Use For The Topics Above Please Send Them!
It Would Be Awesome!
Email em: lovegerbils@yahoo.com
Really Need Them!!!

Fruity Biscuit Mix

Fruity Biscuit Mix
Suitable for the following small pet breeds: Dwarf Hamsters, Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice, Rabbits, Rats. Our Fruity Biscuit Mix for Small Pets 100gm is a great tasting treat or reward for small animals. Made with tasty fruit flavours, our mix provides your pet with a variety of crunchy shapes they will love to nibble on. So why not spoil your small pet and treat them with our Fruity Biscuit Mix. It depends if your Gerbils like this type of food. It is only available at WWW.petsathome.com Its 99p.

About Gerbil STROKES

About Gerbil STROKES
Gerbils may have strokes. a gerbil who had a minor strokeYou can usually tell that a gerbil has had a stroke when he or she has suddenly lost the use of a couple of limbs or when half the face is droopy, as seen in the photo up . If your gerbil suffers a stroke, there is little to do except provide a good environment for recovery. First, make sure that your gerbil can still get to the water bottle. Lower it if you need to. If your gerbil can't feed itself or drink, you can offer some sugar-free organic baby food (apple is a popular flavor with gerbils) on a spoon and let your gerbil lick the baby food up. Your gerbil may also like some lukewarm, cooked oatmeal. You can use an eyedropper to give your gerbil water.

Knot and Nibble Small Pet Puzzle

Knot and Nibble Small Pet Puzzle
The Knot and Nibble Small Pet Puzzle by Happy Pet is an ideal nibble toy to help keep your small pet happy and entertained.

About Gerbil TOYS

This will list you about Gerbil toys, pictures and where to get them from.

Rainbow Run-About Ball

Rainbow Run-About Ball
Run-about Balls have been a favorite pastime for years, providing pets and pet owners with interactive fun during playtime. Sized perfectly for hamsters and gerbils, the Rainbow Run-about Ball provides the perfect outlet for your pet's excess energy. Run-about balls also make a great temporary area to keep your furry friend while you are cleaning their cage. For added safety, use your Run-about Ball on Super Pet's Hamtrac Raceway and provide your pet with a controlled exercise environment. Very good for small pets, but my gerbil cannot run very well on this one, so i think the smaller one than this is much better than this one for gerbils. Its **** at www.*****(sorry, website has gone down, and no longer sell).com
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Cage Cleaning Wipes with Byotrol 20 Pack

Cage Cleaning Wipes with Byotrol 20 Pack
Cage Cleaning Wipes with Byotrol for Small Pets by Pets at Home is the fast and effective wipe solution to clean your small pets cage and accessories; containing Byotrol, a veterinary anti-bacterial and anti-fungal formula that is proven to reduce odour.

Cage Cleaner

Cage Cleaner
Cage Cleaning Trigger Spray with Byotrol for Small Pets by Pets at Home is the fast and effective spray solution to clean your small pets cage and accessories; containing Byotrol; a veterinary anti-bacterial and anti-fungal formula that is proven to reduce odour.

Deep Clean

Deep Clean
Deep Clean Small Pet Cage Disinfectant 500ml by Beaphar is a specially formulate disinfectant spray to be used after conventional cleaning to help protect your cage from bacteria and germs.

Clean And Safe Spray

About HYGIENE products

There are a lot of HYGIENE products.

Diffrent kind of sprays, its really weather you and your Gerbil like it or not.

If your Gerbil (or any other pet) likes the smell then you should keep getting that one!!


CLEANING CAGES


You can clean cages with tissues and that stuff, but this is more preferd, cleaning wipes has you will see over here.

There will be some text about these lovely products.

(i smelt it, it smells really nice!!!)



Cage Fresh Granules 600gm by Beaphar

Cage Fresh Granules 600gm by Beaphar
Cage Fresh Granules 600gm by Beaphar contain friendly microbes that neutralise the odours in urine that cause that characteristically unpleasant hutch and cage smell.