Thanks. I hadnt thought about it getting wet. I dont think it can get wet in their tank as their waterbottle doesn't leak and It wouldn't be on the same level. At the moment their bedding is on the opposite shelf(they build a new nest each time its cleaned.) Is it safe for them to eat if dry? I know some nesting material isn't good for gerbils. They have tissues at the moment but I was hoping to get them something more natural.
And tissue paper is designed to dissolve in water - so that is probably worse than moss overall?
I don't think moss is harmful to them dry as a treat - but if it absorbs their urine and stays damp in the tank for however long it takes for you to clean it out - maybe not so good?
Have you tried barley straw for their nesting material instead as something natural. It is soft and pliable once chewed up, is nice and warm and doesn't absorb moisture - and my lot love it for nesting in.
It hadnt occurred to me about them urinating in it. Ive never given them barley straw but do give them oat hay(which they seem to love) and Timothy hat which they're not so keen on but they seem ti eat the oat hay and the Timothy hay gets eaten a bit then trampled into the carefresh so they wouldn't have enough otlf that. How much Barley hay do you give them?and where would I get it? Thanks
Every pet shop sells the barley straw - just the loose long-strand bright yellow stuff - usually bagged up in a clear bag by the shop themselves. Mine's about £2.50 a bag.
I stick in a good handful most times, but it doesn't matter if you give them a whole load - they just gradually chew it up into nesting material or into the general bedding and it helps with tunnels sometimes.