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Easy to make Gerbil toy

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This is my first instructable so please be nice. If you own a gerbil than you very well know that they chew every thing up. I will show a easy and good way to satisfy your gerbils chewing instinct using household items.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Collect all the items needed.

-Unsweetened Cereal
-Empty Toilet Paper Roll
-3 Kleenex (no lotion or perfumes)
-Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
-1 Piece Of Computer Paper

Step 2: The Knot

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You have to take the 1 of the kleenex and put it flat. Then you stick any treats that you want to use on the center of the kleenex. I use sunflower seeds and unsweetened cereal. Then you fold the kleemnex in half two times. The final step is making it in to a knot. Do the same thing you would for a normal knot. Tip: Dont pull to hard.

Step 3: The Tube

Take the toilet paper roll and put the knot from the previous step in the middle. Then stuff the other 2 kleenex on both ends of the knot.

Step 4: Final Product

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Take the tube from the last step and place it on the two sheets of computer paper. Then roll the paper around the tube. Finally twist the ends like a tootsie roll.
poncho5312 years ago
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Two sheets of paper?
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the poodleo3 years ago
lo. my gerbils where confused at first, but then devoured it.
the poodleo3 years ago
thats cool! very simple
don't forget to be careful with sunflower seeds gerbils can become addicted so use sparingly :)
klang_33 years ago
hey!!!! that good
lkjfdsa4 years ago
just to let everyone know, toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes have zinc on them, in the glue. That isn't too good for the gerbils or whatever.
That's true there is the glue in the roll - but remember there's also very likely bleach and other chemicals used in the process of making the paper and the tissues. Sometimes it's hard to avoid any paper products to make treats like that that have chemicals in it.  Most animals will just tear apart the paper to make nests with rather than ingest it anyhow.
weirdudette5 years ago
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I do a modified version of this for my degus and they love it!
builderdude (author)  weirdudette5 years ago
Ya i think so thats what other people say.
terriann4 years ago
Stuff in some Timothy Hay in the tube too to help fill it up with something they should be eating every day anyway!
terriann4 years ago
Rather than using Kleenex keep a roll of the dirt cheap $0.50 toilet paper around. The cheap one has no lotions or perfumes and I know my degus love tearing it apart.
Reece 244 years ago
you need a picture. 
can't get to the middle box
 ya. me neither. 
northantrim4 years ago
My gerbils love this!

I made them one today as a gift  :) (24th = Christmas eve)

You two gerbils look so happy together.

volcom28974 years ago
My gerbils liked that
PeaceRabit4 years ago
this is great! I lasted for about 1 minute under attack from my 3 gerbils.
Hollywind4 years ago
My gerbils are so happy with this toy! Kept them busy for a while. :-) Thanks for posting this! It took me less than five minutes to gather the materials and make them into a toy, too...
Captin695 years ago
Awesome idea! I usually give Bella (my gerbil XD) toilet paper rolls. But I have never thought to put a treat inside!!! I cant wait to get to work on Bella's new toy!! Ty and ty from Bella in advance
LemonLily5 years ago
Thats a great idea! Thanks for sharing. What happens if the gerbils eat the tissue?
Who says fun toys can't be cheap! :-) @ Lemonlily, in my experience gerbils only shred the tissue into tiny bits, they don't eat it. But, like the article says, make sure they aren't lotioned or perfumed tissues, because those aren't very healthy to chew on!
Seno charoe5 years ago
Cool i made this for my gerbils, it lasted about 10mins before they destroyed it. @ Lemonlily I thow a load of tissue in the cage for my gerbils. they shread it and turn it into beding.
builderdude (author)  LemonLily5 years ago
I dont think that they eat it they just chew it in to really small pieces
krowii5 years ago
I would use RECYCLED paper instead of new, bleached, computer paper. Maybe newspaper. Actually, the ink would probably kill the gerbil. Should gerbils even be chewing paper in the first place? I wouldn't know, I have never owned a gerbil.....but they are cute though!
builderdude (author)  krowii5 years ago
Ya the ink in newspaper is bad but im pretty sure computer paper is okay.
lemonie5 years ago
Great idea! It's important for rodents to gnaw things, I'd suggest that they also have something harder like wood? L
builderdude (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Ya in the supplies picture there is a block of untreated wood. This is great for them to chew. Old tissue boxes work great as well.
GnomeMaster5 years ago
Wow, dude thanks i've been trying to think of a toy for my pet rabbits (this will work for a rabbit aswell) and this will be perfect. EDIBAL TOYS FTW!!!!
Jobar0075 years ago
This can be used for any rodent. Another suggestion would be to use paper towels if you cannot find the unscented/unlotioned tissues. My rats love em!
lunarah5 years ago
great i just tried it and they are destroying as i type. Thanks
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