can gerbils eat cauliflower

Can Gerbils Eat Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is annual plant that reproduces by seed and typically only the head is eaten. The head is made up of white inflorescencemeristem and they resemble those in broccoli.

It is popularly steamed, boiled, fried, stir fried or sauteed and is used widely in many different culinary dishes.

So can gerbils eat cauliflower?

We take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
5 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
0.3 g
1.9 g
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.507 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(13%) 0.667 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.184 mg
Folate (B9) (14%) 57 μg
Vitamin C (58%) 48.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.08 mg
Vitamin K (15%) 15.5 μg
Calcium (2%) 22 mg
Iron (3%) 0.42 mg
Magnesium (4%) 15 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.155 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (6%) 299 mg
Sodium (2%) 30 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.27 mg
Other constituents
Water 92 g

source wikipedia

As you can see cauliflower contains a lot of water content, quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, sugar and salt, and a lot of acidic content.

This means that it is not good for gerbils to eat because of this.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.

However, they can eat the leaves and the stalks of a cauliflower. Make sure they are stripped away from the cauliflower and washed thoroughly before feeding to a gerbil