Easy to Make Gerbil Toy

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About: I have 2 Gerbils. Sandy and Pearl

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

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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    29 Discussions

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    Florasnow33

    2 years ago

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

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    TerminalDragon

    8 years ago on Step 2

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

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    terriann

    9 years ago on Step 5

    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

    9 years ago on Step 5

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

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    terriann

    9 years ago on Step 4

    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

    9 years ago on Step 1

    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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    PeaceRabit

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Hollywind

    10 years ago on Step 5

    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

    10 years ago on Step 5

    Ya i think so thats what other people say.

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    Captin69

    10 years ago on Step 5

    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

    10 years ago on Step 5

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

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    charoeLemonLily

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 5

    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!