Introduction: 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.

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.

Step 5: Enjoy

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Stick this in your gerbils cage and watch them chew away!!!


Florasnow33 (author)2017-01-15

I have gerbils named brownie and snowflake, they chew everything!

poncho531 (author)2012-01-14

Two sheets of paper?

the poodleo (author)2010-12-18

lo. my gerbils where confused at first, but then devoured it.

the poodleo (author)2010-12-18

thats cool! very simple

TerminalDragon (author)2010-10-16

don't forget to be careful with sunflower seeds gerbils can become addicted so use sparingly :)

klang_3 (author)2010-09-13

hey!!!! that good

terriann (author)2010-04-04

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.

terriann (author)2010-04-04

I do a modified version of this for my degus and they love it!

terriann (author)2010-04-04

Stuff in some Timothy Hay in the tube too to help fill it up with something they should be eating every day anyway!

terriann (author)2010-04-04

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 24 (author)2010-02-03

you need a picture. 

can't get to the middle box

 ya. me neither. 

volcom2897 (author)2009-11-06

My gerbils liked that

PeaceRabit (author)2009-06-27

this is great! I lasted for about 1 minute under attack from my 3 gerbils.

Hollywind (author)2009-06-23

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...

builderdude (author)2009-04-22

Ya i think so thats what other people say.

Captin69 (author)2009-04-19

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

LemonLily (author)2009-03-30

Thats a great idea! Thanks for sharing. What happens if the gerbils eat the tissue?

charoe (author)LemonLily2009-04-04

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 (author)charoe2009-04-08

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)LemonLily2009-04-04

I dont think that they eat it they just chew it in to really small pieces

krowii (author)2009-03-31

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)krowii2009-04-04

Ya the ink in newspaper is bad but im pretty sure computer paper is okay.

lemonie (author)2009-03-29

Great idea! It's important for rodents to gnaw things, I'd suggest that they also have something harder like wood? L

builderdude (author)lemonie2009-04-04

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.

GnomeMaster (author)2009-03-30

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!!!!

Jobar007 (author)2009-03-30

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!

lunarah (author)2009-03-30

great i just tried it and they are destroying as i type. Thanks

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Bio: I have 2 Gerbils. Sandy and Pearl
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