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.