can gerbils eat olives

Can Gerbils Eat Olives?

Olives are a seed that are grown on trees bearing the same name. They are native to Mediterranean countries and are a traditional accompaniment to many culinary dishes found around the world.

So can gerbils eat olives at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 609 kJ (146 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.84 g
Sugars 0.54 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat
15.32 g
Saturated 2.029 g
Monounsaturated 11.314 g
Polyunsaturated 1.307 g
Protein
1.03 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(3%) 20 μg
(2%) 231 μg
510 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.021 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.007 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.237 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.031 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 3 μg
Choline (3%) 14.2 mg
Vitamin E (25%) 3.81 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 52 mg
Iron (4%) 0.49 mg
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 4 mg
Potassium (1%) 42 mg
Sodium (104%)

source wikipedia

As you can see, olives contain a hint of phosphorus and sugar, quite a bit of calcium, a little acidic content, and a lot of fat.

This means that they are not good for them unfortunately as they are high in fat. It is not good for them to have foods that are high in fat as they just cannot handle too much fat content in their diet like we can. It will make them sick.

So olives are a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.