can gerbils eat pumpkins

Can Gerbils Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkins are gourds that are known for their association with Halloween and thanksgiving celebrations. They hard skin, pulpy flesh and seeds at their centre are well known.

So can gerbils eat pumpkin?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional information and get a better insight as to what it contains.

In particular, we are interested in its water content, acidic content, phosphorus, sugar, fat, as far as gerbils are concerned as these are the nutritional elements that affect them the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 109 kJ (26 kcal)
Carbohydrates 6.5 g
Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 426 μg
(29%) 3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see pumpkin contains quite a lot of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, quite a lot of acidic content and a little sugar.

This means that they can eat pumpkin but only give them small amounts on an occasional basis though. This is because it contains quite a bit of acidic content not to mention a high amount of phosphorus. Their bodies cannot deal with high amounts of acids like our bodies can.

So do take care how much you feed them. One or two chunks that are just large enough to hold in their paws should be sufficient for them.