Summer products for Gerbils
You can order Gerbil summer products for a wonderful cooling off quickly and easily at DRD Rodent Shop ® The Gerbil Webshop for your Gerbils!
Gerbils are desert animals that naturally come from warm areas, but that doesn't mean they can handle heat. In the wild, Gerbils have a special way in which they seek cooling.
Do Gerbils need cooling?
Yes, Gerbils also need cooling in the summer when it gets really hot. You might say they are desert animals that are used to warm temperatures, but that is not entirely true. In the wild, the animals protect themselves against both heat and cold by digging tunnels. Depending on the temperature, the animals dig the tunnels deeper or less deep in order to regulate the temperature. Unfortunately, they don't have this luxury at our house and we have to lend a hand!
When is cooling needed for Gerbils?
We recommend monitoring the animals from a temperature above 25°C. If the animals show signs of heat, for example by lying stretched out on a plateau or the ground cover, this can be a signal to offer cooling.
Some useful tips for the Gerbils that can help during hot days:
- Use cool bedding such as: Hemp fiber , Wood fiber , safebed
- Use a cooling element such as a Cooling Stone , Cooling Plate
- Use a thermo cover for the drinking bottle to keep the drinking water pleasantly cool and to prevent algae growth.
- Preferably use houses made of ceramic or terracotta . These stay cooler than wooden houses.
NB! Do not place the cooling stone in the sun, as it can heat up strongly.