Types of gerbil cages

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There are numerous things to say about gerbil housing. From cages, bedding to houses and accessories. But first, lets stick to cages because we can’t have anything else without them.


Like most of small roddents, gerbils can be kept in cages of all sizes, but the bigger the better. There are a different type of cages, like, plastic cages, wire cages, glass cages, wooden cages etc. Most popular are plastic bin cages with mesh wire on top.

When buying, designing or getting new gerbil cage, you’ll have to consider one thing. They are really good burrowers and they should have a lot space for that. In the wild, gerbils have tunnels that can be several meters long. This sounds very depressing couse in captivity the wont have that much space, but if you follow our advices, here from MY GERBIL, your gerbils will be happy without few meters long tunnels.


Cage size

As I mentioned, gerbils can be kept in mostly every cage out there.


  • 1 or 2 gerbils, 51 x 28 x 33 cm (cca. 20 x 11 x 13 inches).
  • 3 gerbils, 61 x 33 x 33 cm (cca. 24 x 13 x 13 inches).
  • 4 gerbils , 76 x 33 x 33 cm (cca. 30 x 13 x 13 inches),
  • 6 gerbils, 120 x 33 x 33cm (cca. 47 x 13 x 13 inches).

Ofcourse, these measurments are not a law, it is not recommended to go smaller from that and you can always adapt it to your needs, if it cant be that long, so make it wider, and oposite.

Overall, minimum for one gerbil, should be around 10 L of space, not less. Also there should be one smaller cage or something for „just in case“ things.


If you like what you read, comment down below, tell us what you think. Also id you have some questions, dont  be afraid to ask. We will be happy to help.


6 thoughts on “Types of gerbil cages

  1. Michel

    Thank you for the Gerbil advice and how large the cages should be. I love the pic – that must be any Gerbils dream space.

    When you say that a cage of one Gerbil should be 10L of space, does this stand for litres? We are considering buying our daughter a Gerbil, but looking at this post I think the cage is a little on the small side at 40 x 28 x 30. Would it be cruel to put the Gerbil in this sized cage?

    1. Kristina

      You are welcome:)
      Yes, it means 10 litres. That would be really nice of you, gerbils are ideal pets for children because they are playful, curious and don’t bite unless they feel threathened.
      I don’t think that would be cruel, as long as they have something to chew on and a bit to burrow and ofcourse your love and care everything should be fine. I also at first had a smaller cage and there weren’t any problems at all. And I wouldn’t recommend only one gerbil, because they are social animals and could very easily become depressed, at least two would be great.
      If you have more questions feel free to ask, we would love to help!

  2. Thia


    I found your website very interesting. I don’t know much about gerbils and it was therefore very engaging to get to know more about these little creatures.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It always helps the rest of us who really knows nothing about this. Now I can go and impress my little nephews with some knowledge about their pets.


    1. Kristina

      Hi, I’m glad that you liked my website and that you can now impress your nephews with new knowledge. I will be posting many more interesting stuff you can learn about, so you can impress you nephews even more!

  3. SanShar

    To each his/her own, but I think these little guys look like mice.

    However, I do understand some people do have them as pets, and as such, they need to be taken care of just as any other pet.

    I suppose they would be a lot safer in a specially designed cage rather than have them roaming around the house; oooh, what a thought!

    1. Kristina

      Yes, they do look a bit like mice, but when you take a better look you can notice differences, for example their tail is hairy.

      I agree with you, any pet deserves to be treated just the best.

      That’s a great thought indeed!:’)


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