Kale is a hardy cabbage from a variety that has erect stems, large leaves, and no compact head.
It is a cabbage that is very easy to grow and thrives in frost. It is often used in salads, stir fries, pizza toppings or soup. It is also used fundamentally as a vegetable in its own right that can be steamed, boiled, baked or fried.
So can gerbils eat kale?
Let’s take a look at the nutritional qualities of kale and find out more.
In particular, its water content and acidic content are of particular interest, as well as its fat, phosphorus, calcium, salt, and sugar content as these are the nutritional elements that affect gerbils the most.
As you can see the water content is high, as is its acidic content. It is also high in phosphorus. But it is low in sugar and fat.
This means that they can eat it but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis. It is not the best food for them because of its water and acidic content.
Too much kale will give them diarrhea because they just can’t deal with the water that it contains.
So make sure it is cut up small enough to hold it in their paws as if it is too large they will struggle with it.