Can Gerbils Eat Strawberries?
There are no substances that are toxic to gerbils in strawberries, so these fruits are fine to feed to your gerbil occasionally. However, they are quite high in sugar and they are acidic, so giving them too much can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems, such as bloating.
Nutritional Values of Strawberries and How Can They Benefit the Diet of Gerbils?
Knowing the nutritional values of strawberries gives an indication of whether they are harmful to gerbils or if they benefit their diet in any way. The nutritional values of 100g of strawberries are:
- Calories- 33 kcal
- Fat- 0.3g
- Carbohydrates- 8g (4.9 sugars)
- Vitamins and minerals- Vitamins B6, C, E, and K, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium
Although they do not have much dietary fiber, strawberries can still benefit your gerbil’s diet because they have plenty of vitamins and minerals. These are needed to stay healthy and function properly.
How Much and How Often Can You Give Your Gerbil Strawberries?
Strawberries are quite acidic and high in sugar. Therefore, this fruit is something that you should only give as an occasional treat. Half a teaspoon of chopped strawberry once or twice a week is enough as any more is likely to upset your gerbil’s tummy and give it diarrhea. You should remove the stalk of the strawberry first and chop it into small pieces to prevent choking. Strawberries are a fruit that spoils very quickly, so it is vital that you remove any leftover fruit from your gerbil’s habitat. If the strawberry grows mold and your gerbil eats this, it can make your gerbil very ill.
If you want to give your gerbil a treat of strawberries occasionally, it is fine to do so. Avoid feeding them this fruit too often as it can cause diarrhea because of the high acid and sugar content.