Are gerbils allowed to eat grapes?
Fruit belongs on every gerbil’s diet.
Does that also apply to grapes?
In this article you will find the answer including 4 tasty and healthy alternatives to grapes.
Are gerbils allowed to eat grapes?
Yes, gerbils are allowed to eat grapes. However, before giving this sweet snack, be sure to remove the seeds or go directly to seedless varieties.
Due to the high sugar content, you should also make sure that you only feed the grapes occasionally as a snack.
It is not recommended to feed grapes to gerbils with diabetes.
Why exactly grapes are so healthy for your gerbils and which advantages result from feeding them, you can find out now!
That’s why grapes are healthy for your gerbils!
Grapes contain a lot of sugar, but they are also rich in vitamins. Thus, comparatively high amounts of vitamins B1 and B6 are found in the grape.
Furthermore, grapes contain valuable minerals, such as potassium, calcium and iron.
You can choose to give your animals fresh grapes or raisins. In both cases, your gerbils will benefit from the vitamins and minerals found in the tasty fruit.
Note: Raisins contain more sugar than fresh grapes! For this reason, you should feed raisins even less frequently than fresh grapes. However, it does absolutely no harm to healthy animals that are not prone to obesity if they are fed the odd raisin now and then.
How often can I feed grapes to my gerbils?
You should definitely refrain from feeding your gerbils grapes every day.
The high sugar content would make your animals sick in the long run.
However, there is nothing wrong with feeding them a raisin or a grape every week. It is even better if you give each of your gerbils only half a grape.
This may not seem like much to you, but since your gerbils are much smaller than you are, this amount is considered a rather large snack.
Also keep in mind that the skin of the grapes contains a lot of tannic acid, which has a positive effect on stomach or intestinal inflammation and inhibits the inflammation.
Furthermore, feeding grapes also has its advantages in case of diarrhea, because the tannic acid has a constipating effect and thus solidifies the animal’s feces.
If your pet is suffering from constipation at the moment, you should of course, conversely, refrain from giving grapes until the pet’s condition returns to normal.
4 other fruit snacks that your gerbils will also like very much!
Not only do we humans enjoy the delicious smell and mouth-watering sweetness of these red fruits, but your gerbil will also be very happy if you feed him a piece of strawberry occasionally.
Due to the high sugar content, strawberries are only suitable as an occasional snack.
Also, make sure that you only buy organic strawberries that are not sprayed and therefore do not contain any poison.
Ideally, you even buy the strawberries regionally.
In smaller quantities, strawberries are the ideal snack for in between! You can also feed the leaves.
With the sweet, small raspberries you can, just like with the strawberries, feed both the fruit itself and the leaves as a snack.
Again, make sure the raspberries are not sprayed.
Raspberries contain many vitamins, but can cause diarrhea quite quickly if fed in excess.
So refrain from including raspberries in your gerbils’ diet and feed a single raspberry now and then as a very tasty snack.
Gerbils that already have diabetes should generally not consume raspberries.
Gerbils love the fruity tartness of apples and will be very happy if you give them a small piece of apple about once a week.
However, be sure to remove the seeds before feeding. Apple seeds contain prussic acid, which in turn is toxic to your rodents.
Although apples are rather tart, they still contain a considerable amount of sugar, so the motto ‘less is more’ applies here as well.
Compared to apples, pears contain much less acid and are therefore more digestible. Again, be sure to remove the seeds before giving your pet a piece of pear.
If you overdo it with the amount of this snack, diarrhea and other digestive problems can be the result.
The high mineral content makes the pear, despite the high sugar content, a tasty and valuable for the health of the animals snack.
Accordingly, there is nothing wrong with the occasional gift of a small piece of the sweet and tasty fruit.
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