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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

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 ...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

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 ...
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Keep Gerbils Quiet

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 ...
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My gerbil is scratching like crazy at the corners of his cage. Is that normal?

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). ...
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Can I leave my gerbils' sand bath in their cage all the time?

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 ...
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Will tortoises get along with gerbils if out of their cages at the same time?

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 ...
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My gerbils don't know how water bottles work

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 ...
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My gerbil is scratching like crazy at the corners of his cage. Is that normal?

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 ...
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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

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 ...
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