can gerbils eat raisins

Can Gerbils Eat Raisins?

Raisins are partially dried grapes that are produced in many different countries around the world.

They are eaten raw or used in cooking, baking or brewing. They are dark colored and are slightly different from sultanas which are golden colored and currants which are dried small black Corinth grapes.

So can gerbils eat raisins?

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

In particular, their calcium, sugar, water, acidic, phosphorus, salt, fat and calcium values are the most important as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,252 kJ (299 kcal)
Carbohydrates
79.18 g
Sugars 59.19 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Fat
0.46 g
Protein
3.07 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.106 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.125 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.766 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.095 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.174 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Choline (2%) 11.1 mg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.12 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 50 mg
Iron (14%) 1.88 mg
Magnesium (9%) 32 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.299 mg
Phosphorus (14%) 101 mg
Potassium (16%) 749 mg
Sodium (1%) 11 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.22 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 233.9 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see raisins contain a lot of phosphorus, calcium and acidic content. They are also extremely sweet.

This means that they can eat them, but only one or two at a time is recommended as they are very sweet and so don’t give them too many. A treat to be given on an occasional basis.

They will enjoy them though but they are the equivalent of chocolate for gerbils, highly addictive and delicious but bad for them all the same.