can gerbils eat cabbage

Can Gerbils Eat Cabbage?

Cabbage is a cultivated plant that is eaten as a vegetable. It has thick leaves which can be either green or purple that surround a spherical heart or head of young leaves.

They are closely related to other Cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

They are eaten in a number of ways either raw or steamed. Although it is often pickled, stewed, sautéed, or braised.

So can gerbils eat cabbage?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, phosphorus, calcium, sugar, salt and fat content is of particular interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 103 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5.8 g
Sugars 3.2 g
Dietary fiber 2.5 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.28 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.061 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.040 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.234 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.212 mg
Vitamin B6 (10%) 0.124 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 43 μg
Vitamin C (44%) 36.6 mg
Vitamin K (72%) 76 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 40 mg
Iron (4%) 0.47 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.16 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 26 mg
Potassium (4%) 170 mg
Sodium (1%) 18 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.18 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 1 µg
water (95%)

source wikipedia

As you can see, cabbage contains a lot of acidic content and a huge amount of water in it.

This means that unfortunately cabbage is not a good food for them to eat as they can’t cope with its high water content. Foods with a lot of water in them, will give a gerbil diarrhea if they have too much of it.

If they nibble a little bit of it they will be fine but it isn’t a food to be fed to them purposely.