What Can Gerbils Eat?

There are so many questions gerbil owners have on gerbil eating. Can gerbils eat strawberries? Can gerbils eat watermelon? Can gerbils eat spinach? Can gerbils eat apples? Can gerbils eat grapes? Can gerbils eat walnuts? Can gerbils eat cheese? Can gerbils eat broccoli? Can gerbils eat blueberries? Can gerbils eat bananas? Can gerbils eat tomatoes? What fruit can gerbils eat? Can gerbils eat carrots? Can gerbils eat celery? Can gerbils eat cucumber? Can gerbils eat lettuce? You will find your answers and more below.

5 Main Constituents of Your Gerbils Food

  • Commercially bought food
  • Homemade food
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Treats
  • Clean Fresh water
Before Diving Into These Categories In Detail It Is Important To Note This:

You can either feed your gerbils in a food dish/bowl, scatter your gerbils’ food or hide it so that they forage.

It is recommended to have all these; have a food dish and also scatter and hide food. Place the food dish/bowl on a platform NOT on the bedding to prevent burying of food.

Gerbils require proteins and fats.

Too much protein can be harmful and may lead to skin lesions, kidney stones and liver damage. Low protein can cause slow growth in young gerbils.

Too much fat can lead to obesity, stroke, sterility in females and also heart disease.

How Much Of Each Is Just Right?
Gerbil Age Fat Protein Fiber
0-6 months (young gerbil) 8-9% 15-18% 10-15%
6-24 months (young adult gerbil) 6-7% 12-15% 8-10%
2-6 years (Adult gerbil) 3-5% 10-12% 8-10%


Let Us Now Look At The Categories:
1. Commercially Bought Food

Based on the requirements mentioned above, you want commercial food that has the following properties:

  • Food that has the required levels of fat and protein
  • A fresh bag that has not been lying on the shelf for long
  • Calcium should be present, if not give dry dog biscuit
  • Generally, food that is the opposite of the above foods to avoid

Commercial food to avoid

  • Food that has many crackers, biscuits or wafers
  • Gerbil Food that does not contain the required levels of fat and protein
  • Food that has too much millet. Some proportional millet is okay
  • Gerbil Food that has chemical preservatives and dyes (calcium propionate, yellow 5, yellow 6, Sulphur dioxide, titanium dioxide, red 40, blue 1 and blue 3)
  • Food that contains too much sunflower seeds or corn
  • Feeding rodent pellets or blocks alone without mixing with any other food may not be that good for your gerbils, they will become skinny.

Based on the above aspects here are Recommended Commercial Foods:

Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Blend Hamster & Gerbil Food

Where Do You Get This?

1. Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Food Mix for Hamsters and Gerbils

2. Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Hamster & Gerbils Food Mix, 2.5 lb. Bag (Fast Delivery) by Just Jak’s Pet Market

3. Higgins 2 Pack Sunburst Gourmet Hamster & Gerbil Food. 2.5 lb. Ea. Hamster Food, Gerbil Food 2 Bags 5 Pounds Total




Gerri Gerbil

Where Do You Get This?

US#1. SupremePetfoods Tiny Friends Farm Gerri Gerbil Food, 2 lb

UK#2. Supreme Gerri Gerbil Food 850gm






Oxbow Essentials Healthy Handfuls Hamster & Gerbil Food

Where Do You Get This?

US#1. Oxbow Animal Health Hamster and Gerbil Fortified Food, 1-Pound

UK#2. Oxbow Animal Health Healthy Handfuls Hamster and Gerbil Fortified Small Animal Feeds, 1-Pound








National Geographic™ Daily Diet Hamster & Gerbil Food

Where Do You Get This?

National Geographic™ Daily Diet Hamster & Gerbil Food

2. Homemade Food

Homemade food preparation requires you to be well informed as you will need to make the right proportion calculations.

It requires that you know the right ingredients and where to get each. If you have no clue on this just go with commercial food.

3. Fruits and Vegetables
  • Give 1 or 2 times a week.
  • Slice to the size of a single bite.

If your gerbil does not finish the fruits or vegetables maybe in an hour, remove them from the cage to avoid being stale.

What FRUITS are GOOD for your gerbils?

Apples (without seeds), banana, honey dew, peach, watermelon (red part only), strawberry, plum, papaya, blueberry, kiwi, grapes, mango, pear, raspberry and apricot among others.

What FRUITS are BAD for your gerbils?

Grapefruit (this is different from grapes), oranges (they are acidic and can cause diarrhea), watermelon rinds, apple seeds, citrus peels, avocado among others.

What Vegetables are GOOD for your gerbils?

Carrot, green bell pepper, peas, sweet potato, squash, fennel, cooked potato, green beans, corn, cucumber, parsley, sage, red bell pepper among others.

What Vegetables are BAD for your gerbils?

Raw potatoes, iceberg lettuce, tomato leaves, any type of onions, shallots, hemlock, ivy, yew, nightshade, yucca, clematis, poinsettia, oleander, rhubarb, cabbage, laurel, kidney beans, garlic, chives, leeks, dandelion, daffodil, clover, buttercups, hydrangea, laburnum and coltsfoot, soy beans among others.

Do Not also give:

Any dairy products, chocolate, uncooked eggs, uncooked rice and toffee.


4. Treats

Examples of treats you can give are:

  • Sun flower seeds or pumpkin seeds or dog biscuit (dog treats- see recommendations below)
  • Nuts (unroasted or unsalted)-cashews, chestnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, beechnuts, pecans, peanuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, pistachios and acorns among others.
  • Some dried fruits that is not treated with syrup or sugar
  • Mealworms
  • Crickets

Recommended examples of dog treats are:

Milk-bone original dog treats

Where Do You Get This?

US #1. Milk-Bone Original Dog Treats for Large Dogs, 10-Pound

UK #2. Milk-Bone Original Dog Treats for Large Dogs, 24-Ounce

CANADA #3. Milk-Bone Original Large Dog Biscuits 2kg



Nutro Crunchy Dog Treats

Where Do You Get This?

US #1. NUTRO Crunchy Dog Treats with Real Mixed Berries, 16 oz. Bag

UK #2. Nutro Crunchy Dog Treats With Real Mixed Berries, 10Oz

CANADA #3.Nutro Crunchy Treats for Dogs – Peanut Butter – 283g





Yoghurt drop (Vitakraft Hamster Drops, eCOTRITION Yogies for Hamsters)

Where Do You Get This?

US #1. Vitakraft Hamster Drops with Yogurt Treat, 5.3 Ounce Pouch

Uk #2. Vitakraft Hamster Yogurt Drops and 5.3-Ounce Pouch (2 Pack) by Vitakraft


5. Fresh water

Should be available throughout!! In a water bottle. You should make sure the water bottle is not leaking or is not blocked daily. Suitable water bottles recommended by most Gerbil owners, which have the least or no issues at all are:

Living World Eco + Water Bottle

Where Do You Get This?

US #1. Living World Eco + Water Bottle, 6-Ounce

UK #2. Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 177 ml

UK #3. Living World Eco+ Water Bottle 769ml

CANADA #4. Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 12-Ounce



What Is The Correct Daily Feeding Schedule For Your Gerbil?

There is no correct way to feed your gerbils. You will learn what works for them as you watch them. However, you can start by feeding them once a day, either in the morning or the evening and you can regulate the feeding as you see fit.

1 tablespoon per gerbil in the food bowl. Scatter a pinch of their mix and hide some pellets where you see fit. You can also follow the feeding instructions at the back of your commercial food bag.

Do not refill the food bowl until it is empty as gerbils are picky feeders. They will choose their favorite and leave their least favorite. Also, check the cage well before feeding again for hidden food.

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