There are many fruits and vegetables that are safe for gerbils to eat in small portions, but there are also some that are potentially harmful to a gerbil’s health. It is for this reason that a gerbil owner should always check that it is safe for their gerbil to eat a food before giving it to their pet. Blueberries are a delicious fruit that you may consider sharing with your gerbil, but is this fruit safe for these animals and how many can they eat?
Can Gerbils Eat Blueberries?
Blueberries are a completely safe fruit for gerbils to eat. The skins of blueberries are also safe, so you do not need to remove their skins before feeding them to your gerbil. However, like most fruits, you should only give these as treats because of the high sugar and acid content of blueberries.
What Are the Nutritional Values of Blueberries and Do They Have Any Benefits for a Gerbil’s Diet?
Like many other fruits, blueberries contain nutrients that benefit the health of many animals. The nutritional values for 100g of blueberries are:
- Calories- 57 kcal
- Fat- 0.3 g
- Carbohydrate- 14g (10g sugars)
- Protein- 0.7g
- Vitamins- A, B6, C
- Minerals- Potassium, iron, magnesium
Although blueberries are acidic and have a high-sugar content, they do have some nutritional benefits if you include them in your gerbil’s diet. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
How Many Blueberries Can Gerbils Eat and How Often?
As with most other fruits, you should only give your gerbil blueberries as a treat rather than as part of their main diet. You can give them one or two blueberries once or twice a week, but no more. You can make he blueberries easier for your gerbil to eat by cutting them in half. Blueberries can quickly become rotten, so it is best to remove any leftover from your gerbil’s habitat as soon as possible to make sure your gerbil does not eat rotten food. However, it is unlikely you will need to worry about this as blueberries are one of the favorite fruits of most gerbils and they will usually eat them straight away.
Most gerbils love to eat blueberries, and these are one of the fruits that are safe for gerbils to eat. Like most fruits, they contain a lot of sugar. Therefore, this is a food that you should give to your gerbil no more than a couple of times a week. If you do not exceed this amount, blueberries are a tasty and healthy treat for your gerbil.