Gerbil Nutrition

It’s important to feed your pet correctly to keep him from getting fat and unhealthy. Gerbils are omnivores, which means they eat both plant and animal material. Your gerbil requires a simple diet of kibble or block food, plus clean water. Gerbils drink very little water. However, fresh water always should be available in a sipper bottle.

A complete fortified kibble or block form of feed is better than mixes, because they prevent your pet from picking out favorite pieces and leaving healthy pieces behind. The best kibble and block contain all-natural grass and whole grain ingredients, with a shape ideal for nibbling to promote healthy teeth. Oxbow makes Healthy Handfuls especially for gerbils.

Treats and Veggies
Treats are a great way to bond with your gerbil. You love giving treats and he loves eating them! However, the main purpose of a treat should be to encourage interaction between you and your pet. Offering too many treats can lead to obesity and other health problems and rob animals of nutrition.

Contrary to popular belief, your gerbil doesn’t need a steady supply of carrots, honey sticks or fruit. Sunflower seeds in particular are high in fat. Offer healthy treats only after your pet eats basic foods. Your gerbil will likely enjoy an insect or two as an occasional treat.  Gerbils may have vegetables and fruits, but these should be considered treats and not a staple in your pet’s diet. Be sure to give only very small amounts. As with any new food, introduce new vegetables slowly to avoid upsetting your gerbil’s stomach and causing diarrhea.