can gerbils eat cashews

Can Gerbils Eat Cashews?

Cashew nuts are the seed of the cashew tree which is a tropical evergreen tree which also produces the cashew apple.

They are often eaten as a snack and used in different recipes.

They have a shell that yields derivatives which can be used in many applications from paints to lubricants.

They are native to northeastern Brazil but are now cultivated in many different parts of the world. In particular, Vietnam, Nigeria and India are major producers of cashews.

So can gerbils eat cashews?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, phosphorus, sugar, salt, calcium, and fat content that is most pertinent as far as gerbils are concerned, as it affects them the most in the foods that they eat.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 553 kcal (2,310 kJ)
Carbohydrates
30.19 g
Starch 0.74 g
Sugars
lactose
5.91 g
0.00 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat
43.85 g
Saturated 7.783 g
Monounsaturated 23.797 g
Polyunsaturated 7.845 g
Protein
18.22 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 0 IU
Thiamine (B1) (37%) 0.423 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(17%) 0.86 mg
Vitamin B6 (32%) 0.417 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 25 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.5 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.90 mg
Vitamin K (32%) 34.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (51%) 6.68 mg
Magnesium (82%) 292 mg
Manganese (79%) 1.66 mg
Phosphorus (85%) 593 mg
Potassium (14%) 660 mg
Sodium (1%) 12 mg
Zinc (61%) 5.78 mg
Other constituents
Water 5.20 g

source wikipedia

As you can see cashews contain a lot of phosphorus, fat and acidic content, plus a little calcium and water.

This means they are not healthy for gerbils to eat.

One or two very occasionally shouldn’t hurt, but they shouldn’t be fed to them more than that. They are just too full of acids and fat for them to hand.

They do absolutely adore them though and will eat as many as you give them, but do take care with them.