Gerbil owners often give their pets a treat of fruits and vegetables. One of the most common that people give is carrots as this is one of the most popular and widely used root vegetables in the world. As with all fruits and vegetables, you should always check whether it is safe to feed a vegetable to your gerbil or not before giving it to them as a treat. So, is carrot a safe treat option for gerbils?
Can Gerbils Eat Carrots?
The carrots that most people buy are orange, but there are also purple and yellow varieties available. All carrots are safe for gerbils to eat, regardless of their coloring, so it is fine to feed this vegetable to your gerbil. As with most vegetables, you should only give these in small portions as an occasional treat.
What About Carrot Tops?
It is also safe to give your gerbil carrot tops. This is the head of the carrot that most people remove before cooking this vegetable.
Nutritional Values of Carrots and How Do They Benefit a Gerbil’s Diet?
The nutritional values of 100g of carrots are as follows:
- Calories- 41 kcal
- Fat- 0.2g
- Carbohydrates- 10g (4.7g sugars)
- Protein- 0.9g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium
This shows that carrots are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These each contribute to keeping your gerbil healthy and happy. However, they are also quite high in sugar, so you should avoid overfeeding your gerbils with this vegetable or you could potentially cause them to suffer from digestive problems.
How Much and How Often Can You Feed Carrots to Your Gerbil?
A carrot top is the perfect portion size to give to your gerbil. If you are giving them chopped carrots, one teaspoon at a time is enough. You should only give either a carrot top or a single portion of chopped raw carrot to your gerbil once or twice a week. Any more than this and your gerbil is at risk of suffering from diarrhea. Always remove any leftover carrot from your gerbil’s habitat before it begins to rot.
Carrots are one of the root vegetables that are fine to feed to your gerbil in small portions no more than twice a week. This is plenty for them to gain the nutritional benefits of this vegetable. Feeding a gerbil too much carrot will cause them digestive problems.