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Pets at Home Gerbilarium

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Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Small Pet Cages, Hutches & Runs

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      26.09.2012 07:07
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      Great home for your gerbils but at a price

      This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. The Gerbilarium is a spacious gerbil tank with wire top and is sold in Pets At Home for an expensive price of £46.99. The tank has a wire part attacked to the top bit which adds two floors to the tank and give the gerbil space to be able to climb on the wire part, space for toys on the wire top and loads of room or burrowing in the deep tank which they love doing. I will talk about Design and Look, Durability, Cleaning, Gerbil Enjoyment and Value for Money in this review.

      ===Design and Look===

      The Gerbil home has a very simple design which is better than most other gerbil homes which only have a tank for the gerbil but this tank has a wire attachment on the top with two extra floors which provides more room for the gerbil and a place to climb which they also love to do. The wire part is only slightly smaller than the tank it-self and looks very good with a deep tank for the Gerbil to burrow under saw dust which is their favourite activity. On this criteria, I would recommend this gerbil home and overall on the design and look I give it a 7/10 because it is very spacious and different to other tank's but to make it better it could have a few tubes so the Gerbil can explore.

      ===Durability===

      The tank it-self is very strong and everlasting, so that is definitely another good point about this cage. The wire part is obviously not as strong, but is still very strong and a small animal such as a gerbil would not be able to barely any damage to it so that proves that the home is very strong with great durability with very long life before it would get damaged. This criteria makes the tank very recommendable and I would give it a 9/10 for durability because overall it is very strong but the wire bars could be thicker.

      ===Cleaning===

      The wire part can be easily removed when be cleaned by removing the clip's which attach it to the tank and overall the wire part is very easy to clean and probably easy to clean than a hamster cage. The tank is very easy to clean as it's shape is a basic cube with are very easy to clean by either using a sponge, hot water and pet disinfectant or just pouring a solution of hot water and pet disinfectant in to the tank and using a sponge again to clean it. Overall I give it an 8/10 on cleaning because the basic cube shape is very easy to clean and it does not take very long. I would recommend this tank because of this criteria as well.

      ===Gerbil Enjoyment===

      This tank is perfect for a gerbil as it is very spacious with the tank and two extra floors which means lots of room to explore and loads of room for toys for them to be able to play with while in the tank. Also the wire part allows them to climb along and up it which is very fun for small animals and because of the extra room because of the wire bit they can explore more. Also the tank is very spacious and deep you can fit a lot of sawdust in there which allows the gerbil to do their favourite activity which is burrowing. There are not downsides to the cage on this criteria so I give it a 10/10 for gerbil enjoyment and it is very recommendable on this criteria.

      ===Value for Money===

      The price of this tank is £46.99 in Pets At Home which in my opinion I find a bit expensive although it is a great home for your Gerbil. In my opinion £40 would be a good price for the tank and I think that if you shop around you could probably find something similar to this for a cheaper price. In Pets At Home this is their cheapest gerbil and the other home would set you back £69.99. Overall I give the value for money on this tank a 5/10 and i would not recommend it on this criteria.

      ===Summary===

      In summary, the gerbilarium is a great home for a gerbil with loads of space, Good design and it is very strong. Despite it having its many good points it is quite pricy and if you shop around you could find something similar for cheaper.

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        13.12.2011 11:59
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        God bless this mess. A home your gerbils will love

        Available from : Pets at home
        Price : Retail approx £40
        Suitable for :2-3 gerbils

        Having owned a couple of male gerbils for about a year we recently decided it was time to treat them to a new home. I had been reading in all of the gerbil care books how this sort of enclosure with the wire top and glass bottom was best suited for gerbils as it satisfies both their need to burrow and to explore at the same time. Gerbils are very inquisitive creatures but also like their privacy which was why this seemed to be perfect. Before this we had them in a purely glass tank with shelving which they liked but as soon as we brought this home they took to it like a duck to water and disappeared into the sawdust. The enclosure comes with secured water bottle and feeding metal bowl which is great to stop them kicking it over or knocking off the water bottle as mine frequently did in their old enclosure. It also comes with a plastic tube for them to run through which has as yet not been demolished by Ham and Rex who love to chew anything they can get their paws on.

        Style

        When we first opened the product, I found that the bottom plastic enclosure of the cage had a greenish tinge to it that can't be seen in the photo which I was quite annoyed about as on the picture it looks clear. However when it is on display it isn't too noticeable but I would still have preferred a clear finish. The wire bars are also quite wide and my gerbils' feet have slipped through a couple of times but they don't seem to mind too much and it makes it easier to clean. The enclosure is also fairly light in comparison to the glass one I had before which makes it easier for me to manage and the wire top separates easily from the bottom compartment which makes cleaning it out an easy job too. However, I do have some difficulty in clipping it back together as the clasps are still quite stiff.

        Size

        In honesty my gerbils are a little on the large side, perhaps overloved you might say. For this reason I would certainly not recommend more than two gerbils for this size enclosure as they quite happily have enough room to run around and dig to their hearts content. I think their size may also be because they are male as my female gerbils were never this big so I would say you may be able to stretch to three gerbils if they are female. Because the enclosure is also quite tall rather than wide it doesn't really take up too much room. Ours sits quite comfortably on the coffee table without getting in the way.

        Cleaning

        Because the top is detachable it means that when it comes to cleaning you can just tip the bottom contents into a bin bag which saves a lot of hassle trying to dig around shelving. However, I have found that because the top of the cage is wire the gerbils are able to kick out the sawdust while they are playing around which means we have been left with an awful lot of mess around the enclosure which is very annoying and there isn't really anything we can do about it as the gerbils are always going to dig as is their nature. I haven't really noticed any sort of pet smells coming from the enclosure as I have heard other people complain about but I would say that they should be cleaned out once a week to prevent this from happening

        Activity

        There is plenty of room in the bottom of the enclosure to put in tubes and toys for the gerbils to chew, but there is not much room up top for things such as exercise wheels which is a shame. The ladders are in a fixed position so you can't move them around to suit yourself.

        Price

        I thought £40 was a very reasonable price for this product as I would have expected to pay a lot more. Overall it is of decent quality and the gerbils certainly seem to like it so it was well worth the money. I would certainly recommend this for gerbil owners everywhere.

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        17.06.2011 23:18
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        Great cage, practical for needs of the gerbils.

        I love having animals in the house and always had lots of pets as a child. So when I moved out of my parents house and off to university, I felt like I needed something to look after! Obviously being a busy student I didn't think a cat or a dog was a very good idea, so I settled for some gerbils. I had never kept gerbils before but found the advice at Pets at Home very useful.

        The Cage Itself:

        The Gerbilarium consists of a large, clear plastic tank at the bottom and a wire cage structure on top. Within the wire cage there are 2 separate levels which are joined by wire ladders. There are 2 ways of opening the cage, one on the side of the wire cage and one on the top of the cage. The tank section and the wire cage section are held together by a clip at either side of the gerbilarium. I find it quite easy now to put the two together, however at first it did seem quite fiddly! The cage comes complete with the essential water bottle and clip to attach it to the side, a small metal food bowl also with a holder to attach to the side of the cage and a bag of gerbil food. I cannot remember whether a bag of shavings is also included in the price but I think it probably was. As well as the essentials there are also some plastic tubes included with the cage to allow to gerbils to hide and play.

        Durability:

        I have had my gerbils for nearly a year now and the Gerbilarium seems to be holding up well! The gerbils like to dig against the side of the plastic tank section but I have not noticed any damage to the plastic. They also sometimes chew on the bars of the wired section and again I have not noticed any damage. However, the plastic tubes that were supplied with the tank have been completely demolished by chewing. They do come with green "anti-chew" covers for the edges, which don't seem to have worked.

        Cleaning:

        I find the bottom tank section of the Gerbilarium very easy to clean. The plastic wipes clean very well and drys quickly. The wire cage section is a bit harder to clean but still not difficult. A damp cloth usually lifts the dust from the bars and the 2 levels can be removed and washed separately.

        Cost:

        From what I can remember, the Gerbilarium (with all the included things I have mentioned above) cost around £45. I feel that this was quite good value for money, especially as it took all of the hassle out of buying everything separately. For a gerbil novice like myself it did make the process easier! I do not think I will ever have to buy a new cage for my gerbils as this one seems to be surviving well, meaing that the one off cost was worth it.
        The Gerbils

        I have 3 gerbils living in the gerbilarium and they all seem very happy! They spend the majority of their time in the plastic tank section, which is filled with wood shavings. This supplies them with an area to practise their favourite activity, digging! They enjoy running up and down the ladders to the different levels and sometimes like to by-pass the ladders and climb up the bars on the side of the cage. The cage supplies plenty of space for the 3 gerbils and also for putting in extra equipment for them.
        Summary
        In summary I feel that this cage is ideal for the needs of my gerbils. It is spacious and interesting, the cost is reasonable, it is easy to clean and is durable. I would definately recommend this product to anyone looking to keep gerbils.
        This review is also posted on ciao under the same username.

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          04.10.2010 22:40
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          A well-designed home for gerbils

          After weeks of fraught negotiations, I finally agreed that my eight year old son could have a couple of pet gerbils. (The stakes started quite high - the original request was for either a dog or a snake, so gerbils seemed relatively low-maintenance in comparison!) Having chosen two cute little gerbils from Pets at Home, we were shown several options for their housing by the helpful assistant and ended up coming home with a rather grand sounding 'Gerbilarium' to provide them with their home comforts.

          This Gerbilarium consists of a sturdy transparent tank-like base and a more traditional wired cage structure that sits on top. At first glance, I assumed the base was made of glass like a fish tank but it's actually made from hard perspex. The tank is quite wide and deep and is designed to contain a generous layer sawdust or shavings so that gerbils can burrow and tunnel underneath as they enjoy doing. The cage structure clips into place on top of the tank and has two additional wired levels complete with ladders to enable easy access for the gerbils.

          I was very impressed to discover that this cage comes complete with all the basic essentials for a gerbil. The set included a decent quality drinking bottle complete with a sturdy clip to hold it in place. There is also a small stainless steel feeding bowl included which clips on to the sides of the cage - a clever idea as it saves space and avoids having the bowl tipped over or food covered in woodshavings. The bowl isn't fixed in position so it can be moved around the different levels to keep the gerbils amused (or confused!) My favourite addition to the cage is a plastic tunnel. This is a free-standing structure, similar in shape to a U-bend, with an open end either side. The idea is that the tunnel should be buried under the sawdust so that the gerbils can use it as a little hidey-hole. In addition to this, there was an offer instore where the cage could be purchased alongside a small pack of woodshavings and a bag of Gerbil Muesli for £45. Basically, we got everything we needed to house, feed and entertain our gerbils for this which seemed a reasonable offer and saved the inevitable alternative of getting home and realising we'd forgotten to buy any food or bedding!

          Having chosen this wonderful sounding environment for our gerbils, we were all excited about getting this set up. The gerbils also seemed pretty excited and one had managed to chew its way through the first box and was rapidly working its way through the outer box, as my husband frantically tried to set the gerbilarium up! This added pressure probably didn't help matters as the cage is quite fiddly to fit together - the levels and the ladders need to be positioned correctly and then the whole cage unit clips on to the tank. This proved to be trickier than it sounds as the ladders kept slipping out of position at the crucial moment. The enclosed instructions were also rather unhelpfully vague too. We did manage to get this correctly assembled in minutes rather than hours though and, crucially, before we had any escapees!

          Our gerbils have been in their new home for just over a week now and really seem to have settled in. The gerbilarium really does seem to have been designed with their needs and preferences in mind, which is exactly how an animal's cage should be. They tend to live in the tank section for the majority of the time and really seem to enjoy digging about and tunnelling in the thick layer of woodshavings. They also enjoy running through and hiding in the plastic tunnel. We had dutifully buried this underground for them but the gerbils had other ideas and unearthed it and now like to climb on top of it as well as tunnelling through.

          The gerbils do make use of the upper cage section though and this seems to cater for their love of climbing. They both scamper up and down the ladders to the upper levels where we have placed their food and drink and one of them also confidently climbs up the bars of the cage too, which keeps my sons enthralled and entertained. One of the advantages of this style of cage is that, while there is a lot for the gerbils to do, there is a lot of free space too so that extra toys and accessories can be added without making the cage seem cramped. We have already added a little plastic house on the middle level although the gerbils seem to have adopted this as their toilet!

          The gerbils certainly seem to be content here but the cage also works for the pet owners too. There is so much scope for fascinating gerbil antics to watch and they are clearly visible through the tank and wire. Even the plastic tunnel is transparent. The cage also has two separate opening hatches in the top section to facilitate access. It is slightly difficult removing and re-attaching the top half (because of the need to correctly position the ladders) when cleaning the cage out but hopefully this will seem easier with a bit more practice!

          I've very happy with this purchase and our cute little gerbils seem very content and settled here. £45 for an all-inclusive starter package of this quality seems more than reasonable to me.

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