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Just gently keep working at it on a daily basis and be patient. We have 3 Degus (like a domesticated squirrel), and when we got them, they weren't very keen on even being touched. I offered my hand for them to sniff and nibble on everyday, and I can safely pick them up now. If they're small enough, you can also lay your hand flat on their cage's floor, ...


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It sounds like you are taking very good care of your gerbils, and they are relaxed and happy. You are doing fine as you are. I would continue to stroke them, both because it's good for bonding and because it will make things easier if you ever have to give them medicine. Your gerbils don't need to be held. If someday you do want to be able to hold them, I ...


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What noise are they making? If it is the wheel they have you could get a silent spinner. You could also try using another sound to drown them out. Maybe some light music. Or a fan. Also if the cage is light consider moving the location of it at night. Maybe place it in the bathroom. So you don't have to mess with their sleep pattern and they won't mess with ...


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I am not a gerbil expert, but boredom is an issue that impacts many animals. You can leave the sand bath in their cage all the time. You can increase the number of toys (and change them occasionally). You can exercise them before bedtime (i.e. a run about ball). It mostly comes down to enrichment, if you can keep their mind and body more active they will be ...


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I think you should be fine leaving it in the cage. I've had gerbils and dwarf hamsters where I left their sand baths in the cages with no ill effect (I replaced the sand frequently as well). You've mentioned you clean the sand daily and completely replace it from time to time, which is key. It's true they only need to bathe a few times a week but I don't ...


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Gerbils are usually not aggressive and don't tend to bite without a reason like being stressed or attacked. I assume you have a terrestrial tortoise and these are typically herbivorous, thus not interested in attacking nor eating other animals. However, one can't really guarantee that a tortoise won't misinterpret gebril's curiosity as a threat or for ...


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It's very important to always provide them with water, so you should tap the nozzle yourself to let water collect in the bowl below until they figured it out. Eventually, they will understand that water is always found near the bottle. When they become less shy and explore their surroundings more, they will probably tap the nozzle by accident. Thant's the ...


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Mine do it when they are making their beds and determining what bed location would be best or setting fast pathways to their favored locations. They like to dig and as soon as I added more depth to their cage, they don't do it as much. It is normal for them to dig around and they will make pathways for themselves. I don't use normal bedding for mine but ...


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You should when you are able to pick them up also hold them for a few seconds and then give them a treat. Once you give Them the treat put them back in the cage. This associates you holding them with treats.


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