In addition to their regular diet of gerbil food mix or gerbil pellets, a gerbil can also eat small snacks of some fruits and vegetables. It is important that gerbil owners always check that the snacks they give to their gerbils are safe for their pet to eat. One fruit they might consider feeding to their gerbils is banana. So, is it safe for gerbils to eat bananas or will this make them ill?
Can Gerbils Eat Bananas?
In small quantities, bananas are fine for your gerbil to eat. However, you should not give them this too often as they are quite high in sugar and this can cause digestive problems for gerbils.
What About Banana Peel?
Banana peel is also okay to give to your gerbil. Just like the flesh, you should only give this to your gerbil as an occasional treat to avoid causing a tummy upset.
Nutritional Values of Banana and it’s Impact on Gerbils Diet
Although bananas are a fruit with quite high sugar content, there are some nutritional benefits to including this fruit in your gerbil’s diet. The nutritional values of 100g of banana flesh are:
- Calories- 89 kcal
- Fat- 0.3g
- Carbohydrates- 23g (12g sugars)
- Protein- 1.1g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A, B6, and C, magnesium, iron, and potassium
Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber and contain a large amount of vitamins B6 and C. These will all benefit the general health of your gerbil, so are a good fruit option to give as a treat.
How Much and How Often Can You Feed a Gerbil Banana
Due to the sugary nature of bananas, you should not feed this fruit to your gerbil more than twice a week. A small chunk chopped into small pieces is enough. Similarly, you should only feed banana peel to your gerbil once or twice a week and you will need to chop this into small pieces. If there is any leftover banana or banana peel, you should remove this from your gerbil’s habitat straight away.
Bananas are one of the fruits that is fine to give your gerbil and you can even give them a little of the peel. You should give either the flesh or the peel no more than twice a week and you should chop them into small pieces. If you stick to this guideline, it is unlikely that bananas will have any ill effect on your pet.