Gleeful recycling

Glass gerbil enclosure filled with recycled bedding and cardboard boxes

Our gerbils have a pretty small carbon footprint thanks to the secondhand aquarium that they occupy (saved from being thrown away at the curb by a neighbour some years ago) and the recycled paper and cardboard that gives them clean bedding and things to chew. Gosh do gerbils love to chew things. And explore, endlessly. They are novelty freaks.

I must admit, I have totally fallen in love with these little creatures (two brothers, the ideal combination if you’re going to have gerbils for pets) in the time that we’ve had them. And my favourite time is always when we’ve just changed their bedding and added new boxes for them to investigate. The excitement in their little hearts is so palpable.

Cleaning out the cage is a matter of clearing out a mass of shredded paper and cardboard, taking it to the compost, wiping down the interior with vinegar and water, and filling up the space with paper and card items from our black box. Couldn’t be easier. I’m not sure whose glee is greater, mine, theirs or the eight-year old who gets to run the shredder for the bedding. It’s a win-win-win.

2 thoughts on “Gleeful recycling

  1. I would love to see a photo of what this looks like on cleaning day 🙂
    We have three brothers and at first I didn’t think I would like them at all (the photos online are not the greatest, and don’t do these little cuties justice). I really love them, they have become my babies 🙂 How often do you clean your aquarium that houses them? The mess they make while playing with their boxes is so much better and cheaper than toys from the store! Thanks for posting.

    1. Nice to ‘meet’ you here Sally, welcome! Cleaning day is always fun and happens twice a month; my son likes to use the time to play with his gerbils while I get everything out of the cage, and then after the quick clean (with water and vinegar), he loves building them new cardboard creations to navigate. It’s always kind of mesmerizing watching them afterwards. Gerbils are such novelty junkies, so they have so much fun exploring afterwards!

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