Fruits and vegetables are a normal part of a healthy and balanced diet for humans. One of the most popular fruits that humans eat are apples and these delicious fruits have many dietary benefits for humans. However, gerbils have different nutritional needs to those of a human, so what humans enjoy is not necessarily healthy for your pet. So, is apple a fruit that is safe to feed to your pet as a treat or is this something it is best to avoid giving to your gerbil?
Can Gerbils Eat Apple?
All varieties of apple are perfectly safe for your gerbil to eat. However, they have a high water and sugar content which can cause diarrhea. Therefore, you should only give your gerbil this treat to eat occasionally.
What About the Seeds and Peel?
The apple skin is also safe, so it is fine to leave this on if you feed apple to your gerbil. However, the seeds of the apple are not safe, and you should not feed these to your pet. They are a choking hazard and they contain a small amount of cyanide, which is a toxic substance.
Nutritional Values and their Benefits on Gerbils Diet?
The nutritional values of 100g of apple are:
- Calories- 52 kcal
- Fat- 0.2g
- Carbohydrate- 14g (10g sugars)
- Protein- 0.3g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium
Although apples have a high water and sugar content that can upset a gerbil’s tummy and give them diarrhea, there are some nutritional benefits to including this fruit in their diet as an occasional treat.
How Much and How Often Can You Give Apple to Your Gerbil as a Treat?
If you are feeding your gerbil some apple, you can leave on the skin but must remove the harmful seeds. You should chop the apple into small pieces for your gerbil and only offer around half a teaspoon once or twice a week. Any more than this and you risk giving your gerbil diarrhea. If there is any leftover apple, you should remove this from your gerbil’s tank before it begins to rot as eating rotten apple will make your gerbil poorly.
Apple is a perfectly safe fruit to feed to your gerbil, but you should remove the seeds first. This is an occasional treat that you should not give more than twice a week as the high sugar and water content can potentially cause diarrhea.