Introduction: Easy to Make Gerbil Toy

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

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

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

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

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

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Florasnow33 made it!(author)2017-01-15

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

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poncho531 made it!(author)2012-01-14

?
Two sheets of paper?
ಠ_ಠ

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the+poodleo made it!(author)2010-12-18

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

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the+poodleo made it!(author)2010-12-18

thats cool! very simple

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TerminalDragon made it!(author)2010-10-16

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

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klang_3 made it!(author)2010-09-13

hey!!!! that good

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terriann made it!(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.

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terriann made it!(author)2010-04-04

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

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terriann made it!(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!

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terriann made it!(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.

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Reece+24 made it!(author)2010-02-03

you need a picture. 

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determinatorexterminator made it!(author)2009-09-04

can't get to the middle box

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Reece+24 made it!(author)2010-02-03

 ya. me neither. 

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volcom2897 made it!(author)2009-11-06

My gerbils liked that

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PeaceRabit made it!(author)2009-06-27

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

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Hollywind made it!(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...

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builderdude made it!(author)2009-04-22

Ya i think so thats what other people say.

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Captin69 made it!(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

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LemonLily made it!(author)2009-03-30

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

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charoe made it!(author)2009-04-04

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!

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Seno made it!(author)2009-04-08

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.

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builderdude made it!(author)2009-04-04

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

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krowii made it!(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!

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builderdude made it!(author)2009-04-04

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

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lemonie made it!(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

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builderdude made it!(author)2009-04-04

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.

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GnomeMaster made it!(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!!!!

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Jobar007 made it!(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!

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lunarah made it!(author)2009-03-30

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

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