can gerbils eat cherries

Can Gerbils Eat Cherries?

Cherries are small, soft round stone fruit that are typically bright or dark red in color.

They come from the tree that bears the same name and are native to the northern hemisphere.

They are either eaten raw as a fruit or used widely in cooking particularly as a flavoring.

So can gerbils eat cherries?

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

In particular we are interested in their water, acidic, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and salt content as it affects gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 209 kJ (50 kcal)
Carbohydrates 12.2 g
Sugars 8.5 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(8%) 64 μg
(7%) 770 μg
85 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.143 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.044 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Choline (1%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.1 μg
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (2%) 0.32 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.112 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 15 mg
Potassium (4%) 173 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg

Source wikipedia

As you can see cherries contain a hint of phosphorus, are quite acidic, have a hint of fat.

This means that gerbils can eat cherries, but not every day due to their sweetness. One cherry once or twice a week should suffice for them. Too many will upset their stomach.

Make sure the stone and stem are stripped away though as they will choke them. So do cut it up before hand before feeding to them.