Gerbils are quite active animal. They love to run and room to explore. They also need exercise to stay active and healthy. This is why you should provide the best gerbil wheel in their enclosure. However, there are some problems may come with a wheel.
One of these is your gerbil does not use wheel. In this case, you can’t explain things to them, or teach them to use the wheel. But if you know the reasons on why don’t they use the wheel, the issues can be fixed. Your options may have to include buying a new wheel altogether.
#1 A wheel size is too small for gerbil
There is a basic guide that you should follow is that provide a wheel at least 20cm (8”) in diameter for an adult gerbil. Any smaller wheel will make your gerbil run in uncomfortable position, which could put pets off exercising. This is often the case with hamster wheels, because hamster wheels are generally smaller than gerbil wheels. Ensure that you choose the wheel that designed specific for gerbil.
Besides, If the wheel is very large they will obviously not run on it because it may too heavy and the gerbil get hard to move it. There is one more important thing to remember that do not choose any wheel with big gap between the bar. The big gaps can catch gerbil’s toes, paws, or tail and injure your pets.
#2 Your gerbil may be using it
Since gerbils are both nocturnal and diurnal, they are active at night and enjoy their activity at this time. This is a change that your gerbils use their wheel when you are not around to hear. Your gerbil may just be running on his wheel when you’re not there and you may be sleeping through the noise.
#3 Not all gerbils like wheels
These lovely pets have their own unique personalities. It can be the case that your gerbils do not like the wheels. They are not all the same, and in this case, you cannot fix it. Instead, you should provide your pets other form of exercise for them to stay healthy. There are some alternative method of getting exercise such as exercise ball, which allow your gerbil can run around the house in secure.
#4 Baby gerbil is scared of wheel
Not only wheel but any new things just be placed in the cage can also make your baby gerbils feel scare. Moreover, gerbils are tents to be lazy when they are young. In this case, you just need to wait until they get used to their wheel and ready to use it. If you get a under 6 weeks old gerbil, then he wouldn’t be old enough to run on the wheel yet.