my gerbils tail was sticking out of the cage and my cat came up and ripped half the tail's skin off!! The bone and flesh are still there and i know it should dry up and fall off but i need to know a few things. i have my gerbil in a pair should they be separated at least until the blood is gone? Should i clean the cage to make it more sterile? Can the tail get infected? if so then what should i put on it to prevent infection (neosporin), also anything else anyone can think of. I know they should be in an aquarium not cage but I've had gerbils for 8 years and this has never happened, i feel so stupid, PLEASE HELP!