Fruits and vegetables are commonly given by gerbil owners to their pets as a treat. While most of these are fine for a gerbil to eat and have some nutritional benefits, there are others that can make your gerbil ill. Therefore, it is always important to check which foods are safe to eat before giving them to your pet as a snack.
Can Gerbils Eat Grapes?
There are some people who argue that grapes are not safe for gerbils to eat as they can give them diarrhea. However, experts say that grapes are fine for a gerbil to eat and they will only cause digestive problems if you give them too much.
Can Gerbils Eat Raisins?
A raisin is a dried grape, but it has different nutritional values to a grape as the fruit changes during the drying process. Despite the differences, it is fine for gerbils to eat raisins occasionally, but they can cause digestive problems if eaten too often.
Nutritional Values of Grapes & Raisins and How Does This Benefit a Gerbil’s Diet?
Although a raisin is simply a dried variation of a grape, they do have different nutritional values, and this means that the benefits and risks are also different.
The nutritional values of 100g of grapes are:
- Calories- 67 kcal
- Fat- 0.4g
- Carbohydrates- 17g (sugars 16g)
- Protein- 0.6g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium, iron, magnesium, and calcium
The nutritional values of 100g of raisins are:
- Calories- 229 kcal
- Fat- 0.5g
- Carbohydrates- 79g (59g sugars)
- Protein- 3.1g
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins B6 and C, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium
The reason you can only give grapes occasionally is because of the acid and water content, while raisins are only an occasional treat because of high sugar levels. However, they both have nutritional benefits if you include them in your gerbil’s diet. They are both a good source of dietary fiber and offer a range of important vitamins and minerals that are needed to maintain good health.
How Much and How Often Can You Give Gerbils Grapes and Raisins?
Due to their high water and acidic content, grapes are something that you should only give your gerbil sparingly. Raisins have less acid and water but higher sugar levels, so they can also cause problems if you give your gerbil two much. You can give your gerbil half a grape or one raisin once or twice a week. You should chop these to prevent your gerbil from choking. If there are any pieces of leftover grape, you should remove these from your gerbil’s habitat to stop them becoming moldy or rotten as eating moldy food will make a gerbil very poorly.
Both grapes and raisins are fine for your gerbil to eat, but you should only offer these to your pet sparingly. They can cause diarrhea if you give these foods too often, but once or twice a week is fine.