Feeding your Gerbil

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Feeding your Gerbil

What do gerbils eat? Muesli Treats Water Greens Root Vegetables Fruit Grass and Hay Dangerous Foods Your gerbil will need a balanced diet to keep them happy and healthy and we have a useful guide to help you choose the best food available for your gerbil. What do gerbils eat? Gerbils in the wild are omnivores – just like us - which means that they need both meat and vegetables in their diet.  In the wild gerbils live on a diet of seeds, nuts, berries, worms, grubs, grasses, green leaves and insects.   You can feed your gerbil muesli daily.    You can also offer very small amounts of greens, fruit, vegetables, seeds or the occasional cricket.  Do not feed your gerbil too much fresh food as this can cause tummy upsets and diarrhea. Feed your gerbil at the same time each day and you will soon find that they come out to welcome you.   Food should be placed in heavy ceramic or plastic shallow bowls that will not tip over.   Remove any food that is no longer fresh each day. Always introduce new foods to your gerbil gradually over a period of 10 days. View our Gerbil Products section for a selection of nutritious muesli and treat BackTo Top Muesli Dry gerbil muesli will provide all the minerals, vitamins, fibre and nutrients required and is also clean and hygienic. These dry foods contain a mixture of pumpkin seeds, millet, grass pellets, peanuts, sugar beet pellets, maize, flaked oats, peas, toasted soya, wheat, sunflower seeds, dried apple, banana, apricot and carrot.     Dried foods also help to keep your gerbils teeth trim. View our Gerbil Products section for a selection of nutritious muesli and treats BackTo Top Treats Gerbils are very fond of sunflower, linseed and pumpkin seeds and they also adore millet.   Sunflower seeds are very fattening so dont feed too many as your gerbil could become obese.   Treats in the form of mineral blocks, fruit and bark bites are great for chewing on and help your gerbils teeth stay in good shape.  There are also forage mixes of herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetables available as healthy snacks to give as a treat. View our Gerbil Products section for a selection of nutritious muesli and treats BackTo Top Water Always provide fresh clean drinking water for your gerbil and check the supply each day.  Water bottles should be fitted to the cage at the right height for your gerbil to reach the spout.  Water bowls are easily fouled and gerbils can become wet if they get in them which can lead to illness. View our Gerbil Products section for a selection of water bottles and feeding accessories BackTo Top Greens Always feed greens (and any new foods) to your gerbil gradually and in very small amounts as gerbils can get stomach upsets and diarrhea from eating too many fresh greens.   Cabbage, celery, and lettuce contain too much water for their volume and can have a dangerous laxative effect on gerbils so if you are using these as food only feed a tiny amount. Make sure any greens have been washed before you feed them to your gerbil. Green leafy plants recommended include: dandelion leaves (and flowers), kale, chard, chickweed, clover, broccoli leaves, stems and florets, green beans, endive, radicchio, chicory, and spinach.  BackTo Top Root Vegetables Root vegetables can be fed - in very small amounts - such as carrot, parsnip and turnip.  Potatoes should be avoided. BackTo Top Fruit Fruit can be fed in very small amounts to gerbils but do not feed citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes and grapefruit as they are too acidic. Recommended fruits are:  apple (remove pips), pear, banana, blackberry, cherry (remove stone), peach (remove stone), plum (remove stone), raspberry and strawberry.  BackTo Top Grass and Hay Grass and hay can be fed in very small amounts to your gerbil and there are a wide selection of hays and grasses available in store that come in the form of treats.  These are mixed with herbs, fruit and clover.   You may find that rather than eat their hay your gerbil will prefer to make a nest with it! Dont feed your gerbil lawnmower clippings as these can upset your gerbil’s digestive system and make them ill.  Be careful if you give your gerbil fresh handfuls of meadow grass as this could contain buttercups which are poisonous.   View our Gerbil Product section for a selection of nutritious hays and grasses for gerbils BackTo Top Dangerous Foods Never feed your gerbil chocolate as it is toxic to most animals. Gerbils are lactose intolerant and can not digest milk. Toxic foods include:  potatoes, kidney beans, parsley, rhubarb, tomato and avocado. Garlic, onion, leeks and chives are dangerous and can cause haemolytic anaemia. Grapes and raisins can contribute to acute kidney failure. Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation BackTo Top