Feeding gerbils

Gerbils need a varied diet but how you feed them is also really important. You should scatter feed to make mealtimes more interesting and stimulating for your gerbils — they will come out from their burrows, collect the food and take it back down into their burrows to eat. 

There are various complete gerbil foods available on the market, ensure you choose one that is low in colourants and is the best quality that you can afford. 

In addition, the following foods can be fed to your gerbil to make his diet more interesting: 

  • Broccoli
  • Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
  • Curly kale 
  • Carrot
  • Sweetcorn
  • Grapes
  • Dog biscuits (avoiding colourants)
  • Pulses and cereals
  • Boiled eggs
  • Small amounts of grass and fresh dandelions.

The above amounts should only be fed in small amounts to help keep your gerbil's diet varied and interesting. 

Include hay in your gerbil's environment along with fruit tree wood like willow or apple. Your gerbil will chew on the hay and also use it to build his nests. He will chew on the wood to keep his teeth in shape. Ensure that there is also a clean and fresh supply of water available at all times. 

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