Gerbils love to run and are very fast runners. Letting your gerbil out of the cage as often as is convenient for you satisfies this instinct.
It’s very important to create a safe area where your gerbil can’t fall or escape. Choose a room that can be closed off from the rest of your home.
Remove or place on a high shelf, any objects your gerbil might chew – plants, electrical wires, papers, wood or plastic objects – anything else that may be harmful to your gerbil.
Block off any areas where your gerbil may hide and can be difficult for you to reach.
Don’t leave your gerbil unattended when out of the cage.
This is a good time for you and your gerbil to play together. If your gerbil enjoys running on your arms and shoulders, you don’t have to worry about him/her jumping off. Gerbils are afraid of heights. If you do have concerns, sit in a cushioned area with your pet.
If your gerbil runs under furniture, don’t move the object. Instead, using slow motions, extend your arm under the furniture and s/he may climb aboard. Slowly bring your arm out. If that doesn’t work, try very gently moving him/her with a broom.
When playtime is over, place the cage on the floor. You can gently nudge your gerbil toward the cage where s/he may climb in of its own accord. Sometimes placing a small trail of treats along the path into the cage can be used as encouragement.