Can Gerbils Eat Kiwi?

Kiwi or kiwi fruit is the edible berry of a woody vine. It is oval and about the size of a hen’s egg. It has a fibrous, dull green and brown skin with bright green or golden flesh. It also has rows of tiny black edible seeds.

It is eaten a food around the world in many different countries, either as a food ingredient or as a fruit in its own right.

So can gerbils eat kiwi at all?

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

In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 255 kJ (61 kcal)
Carbohydrates
14.66 g
Sugars 8.99 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.52 g
Protein
1.14 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
122 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.027 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.025 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.341 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.183 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.063 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 25 μg
Choline (2%) 7.8 mg
Vitamin C (112%) 92.7 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.46 mg
Vitamin K (38%) 40.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 34 mg
Iron (2%) 0.31 mg
Magnesium (5%) 17 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.098 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 34 mg
Potassium (7%) 312 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, kiwi fruit contains a hint of salt, quite a bit of phosphorus, acidic content and sugar, plus a little calcium.

This means that they can eat kiwi, but only in small amounts on an occasional basis as it is quite sweet and acidic for them. One or two small pieces at a time should suffice.

Just make sure it is cut up small enough so that they can hold it in their paws. If it is too large a piece, they may struggle with it. The skin is okay for them to eat as well, just make sure it is washed thoroughly before serving to them though as it may contain unwanted pesticides or bacteria.