Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

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Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

Post by Bandit Cat on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:31 am

I know this is a mouse forum, and I'm asking about gerbils but here we go! Laughing
I'm just wondering if a gerbil (He is elderly, and lost his friend back in March) can live in a bin cage. I'm also wondering how the ventilation would work. Could I just drill many holes in the top and sides? Or, are they like mice where it has to be mesh on the top?

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Re: Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

Post by River on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:58 am

They certainly can! I reccomend mesh, just to be on the safe side, but it depends on if your gerbil is a chewer or not.

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Re: Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

Post by Peachy on Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:17 pm

My gerbils lived in a bin cage. The top for most of their time here was a mesh topper I built, but before that I just cut out a hole in the lid. If you didn't want to ruin the lid, you could just build a separate one out of mesh. It's easy peasy!

I think holes in the lid and a couple rows on the sides would be okay, but mesh would probably be better. My old ladies still enjoyed digging around, so you might want to make sure you can still give him deepish bedding without anything falling out of side ventilation holes, too. What a mess that'd be! Razz

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Re: Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

Post by Rodents rock! on Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:03 pm

Yes, my gerbils, Pip & Pup live in a bin cage. Most of the lid is cut out and I attached a mesh lid, that used to be used on a 20 gallon long tank. So the bin gives them more room as it is a little longer and wider then the tank.

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Re: Can gerbils live in a bin cage?

Post by olimarthemouse on Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:09 am

My gerbil lives in a bin cage:) And has for over two years!
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