gerbil food

Gerbil Foods

Welcome to our list of Gerbil foods, this is isn’t a list of foods that we think they should eat but its a list of foods that people have asked a question about.

What it does mean is that we’ve looked at the good foods, the bad foods and the ridiculous.

However, no question is stupid when it comes to our Gerbil’s health so we answer everything.

If there is a food that you can’t find here then do let us know and we’ll do our best to answer.

Alongside each food is a brief summary of the post we have written. Check out the post for our reasoning as to why we say what we do.

We hope it’s helpful to you.

So here is our comprehensive list gerbil foods.

Apples: Can be eaten on an occasional basis, one or two small pieces at a time.
Almonds: They are high in fat so can only be eaten occasionally, a few at a time.
Acorns: They are toxic for gerbils.
Apricots: Can be eaten in small amounts one or two pieces at a time on infrequently.
Alfalfa: Can be eaten in small amounts, but take care due to high amounts of calcium
Alfalfa hay: Can be eaten in small amounts, but take care due to high amounts of calcium
American cheese: High in fat. Can be eaten very occasionally in small pieces.
Animal crackers: Can be eaten in small pieces one or two at a time. No flavors.
Apple skin: Yes they can
Apple seeds: No strip them away from apples when feeding.
Apple cores: No they aren’t good for them.
Arugula: It is fine for them to eat, only a few leaves at a time twice a week at the most.
Asparagus: It is toxic for gerbils unfortunately.
Avocado: They are too high in water, acids and fat for gerbils to eat.

Blueberries: They can eat them on an occasional basis, one or two at a time.
Brocolli: They can eat it occasionally in small amounts, as it contains a lot of water.
Bananas: A very occasional small piece is fine for them. Contains a lot of sugar.
Banana peels: An occasional small piece is fine for them.
Bell Peppers: Yes they can eat them in small amounts, about twice a week.
Bread: Yes they can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis
Barley: No they can’t due to high acidic content.
Bird Seed: Not a good idea.
Blackberries: Store-purchased only on an occasional basis. High in sugar.
Basil: Not good for them. Too much water content.
Bamboo: Yes they can eat it. Just make sure it washed and dried before giving to them.
Banana chips: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.
Beetroot: Not good for them to eat. Too acidic and sweet.
Beans: They can eat it, but they are quite acidic so only a few at a time occasionally.
Bean Sprouts: High in phosphorus and acidic content. Not good for them.
Berries: They can’t eat wild berries. Check the individual berry to see if they can eat.
Bird food: Not a good idea to feed them bird food.
Biscuits
Blueberries: Very sweet so one or two once a week at the most.
black oil sunflower seeds
Black Grapes: Can be eaten occasionally, one or two a time. They are quite sweet though.
boiled eggs
Brussel Sprouts: Not good for them. Too much water and acidic content.
Brazil nuts: Not good for them. Too much fat, acids and phosphorus.
bread sticks: Plain Bread sticks are great for gerbils to eat.
butternut squash seeds
bugs: Wild bugs are not good for them, only give them bugs that are captive bred.
Butternut Squash: It can be eaten but only occasionally in small pieces.
Butter: Not good for gerbils to eat.

Cheese:  They can eat it very occasionally in small amounts. It can be high in fat.
Carrots: They can eat carrots but only in small amounts and in moderation.
Celery: Not a good food for gerbils. Too high in water content.
Corn: One or two kernels only as they are high in sugars and acids.
Cucumber: Not good for gerbils to eat. Too high in water content.
cheerios: Only plain cheerios are good for them. Avoid flavored cheerios.
Cherries: One cherry once or twice a week should suffice for them.
Cabbage: Not good for gerbils to eat. Too high in water content.
Cardboard: Great for gerbils to chew on.
Cilantro: Not good for gerbils to eat. Too high in water and acids.
Chocolate: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.
Citrus: They are too sweet and acidic and not good for them.
Coconut: High in fat and acids. Not great for them to eat.
cornbread: They can eat a little of it but it is high in fat so they cant eat too much.
crackers: They can eat them in small amounts as long as they don’t have anything on them
crickets: They are not the best food for them to eat as they are not nutritious for them.
celery leaves:  They are too high in water content unfortunately.
cherry tomatoes: Too high in acidic and water content.
Cashews: High in fat and acids. Not great for them to eat.
craisins: They are great for gerbils to eat.
cat food: Not good for gerbils to eat.
Cranberries: Make sure they are dried and not fresh cranberries.
Cauliflower: Not good for gerbils to eat due to water content.
Carrot tops: They can eat them in small amounts occasionally.
Cantaloupe: Too acidic and so should be avoided.
cauliflower leaves
Cereal: Dried cereal is fine as long as it isn’t flavored or sweetened.
Cheese puffs: Too high in salt for gerbils.
Chicken: Quite high in fat for gerbils, they can only nibble it.
Cheddar cheese: Not good for gerbils to eat as high in fat.
Chips: Too high in salt for gerbils.
chinchilla food
Cheez its: Too high in salt for gerbils.
Cinnamon: Not good for them at all.
Cilantro: Not good for them, too much acidic and water content.
Citrus: Too acidic and sweet for them to eat.
clover
Clementines:  Too acidic and sweet for them to eat.
cookies: Mainly too sweet for gerbils.
Corn on the cob: Contains too much water, sugar and acids, for gerbils to eat.
Courgette: It is fine for gerbils to eat. One or two pieces at a time, twice a week at the most.
cooked pasta: Cooked food is not good for gerbils. Feed raw.
conkers: Don’t feed wild conkers as they may contain bacteria that may harm them.
cooked chicken: Chicken is too high in fat for gerbils.
cornflakes: They can eat them dry in small amounts occasionally. Dont’ feed with milk.
cooked corn: Gerbils can’t eat cooked food unfortunately.
Crisps: Too high in salt for gerbils.
cress
Croutons: Plain croutons are fine for them, avoid flavored croutons.
Curly kale:  They can eat it in small amounts, very occasionally.
Cuttlefish: Cuttle bones are great for gerbils to chew on.
Currants: Very acidic and sweet, just one or two very occasionally as bad for them.

dog food: Specially made dog food is not good for gerbils.
dog biscuits: Specially made dog biscuits are not good for gerbils to eat.
donuts: Too high in fat and sugar for gerbils to eat.
doritos: Too high in salt for gerbils to eat.
Dates: Too much sugar in them for gerbils to eat.
dandelions
dandelion flowers
daisies
digestive biscuits: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.
dog bones
dry pasta
Dried cranberries: They are quite sweet so just a few at a time.
dried mealworms
dried banana
dried apricots
dry cat food
dried mango
dry roasted peanuts: They can eat one or two plain peanuts, but not dry roasted.
dried corn on the cob

Edamamae: Too acidic for gerbils to eat.
eggs: They can eat hard boiled eggs in small amounts.
egg cartons: Cardboard egg boxes are great for gerbils to chew on.
egg yolk: Runny yolk is not digestible for them. They are better if they are hard boiled.
egg boxes: Cardboard egg boxes are great for them to chew on.
egg plant
egg shells: Not good for gerbils to chew on.

fruit
flour
ferret food
fennel
fish
figs
flax seeds
flowers
flies: Not good for them as they may contain unwanted bacteria.
Fresh strawberries: Can only eat small amounts on an occasional basis.
Fresh basil: Too much water in it for gerbils
fresh vegetables: Depends on the type of vegetable, check this list.
Fresh coconut: High in fat, sugar and acids. Not a great food for gerbils to eat.
french fries: Too high in fat unfortunately for gerbils.
fresh pumpkin seeds
Fresh pineapple: Too high in water and acidic content for gerbils.

guinea pig food
Grapes: Contain a lot of sugar so can eat only small amounts occasionally
grass
green beans: A few raw beans at the most each week only.
Green bell peppers: They are fine to eat on an occasional basis.
graham crackers
Garlic: Too acidic for gerbils to eat.
ginger
Glue: Not good for gerbils to eat.
gnats
gnocchi
goji berries
goldfish crackers
goldfish
granola
grasshoppers
Green apples: Can be eaten in small amounts occasionally
Greens: They can have a the occasional raw green bean but that is all.
Grapefruit: Too much water content for gerbils

hamster food
hay
honey: Too sweet for gerbils unfortunately.
hard boiled eggs: Gerbils can eat them in small amounts.
Ham: Quite a lot of fat in ham so not great for them.
Hazelnuts: Not good for gerbils to eat, too much fat and acidic content.
hamster treats
hemp seeds
Honey nut cheerios: Not good for gerbils to eat. Instead feed them plain cheerios.
Honeydew melon: It is quite sweet so only a few small pieces at a time occasionally.

Kiwi: They can eat it in small amounts on an occasional basis.
Kale: They can eat in small amounts very occasionally.
Kernels: They can’t eat them, there is too much of a risk that they might choke

Lettuce: Too high in water for gerbils to eat.
Lavender:
Lentils
Leaves
Live mealworms
Linseed
Live insects

Mango: It is fine for them to eat. A few small pieces on an occasional basis at the most.
Melon: Has too much water for gerbils to eat.
Meat: Too much fat for gerbils
Mushrooms: Too acidic for gerbils to eat.
Melted cheese: They can’t eat it at all.
Marshmallows: Too sweet for gerbils.
Mange tout: They can’t eat them at all unfortunately.
Maggots: Not great for gerbils to eat.
Maize: They can have one or two kernels only.
Mealworms
Melon seeds
Meadow hay
Mint
Millet
Milk bones
Mixed nuts: Too fatty and acidic for gerbis. One or two only unfortunately
Milk: Not good for gerbils to drink.
Mouse food
Monkey nuts: Very fatty and acidic for gerbils, not the best food for them.
Moths: Wild moths are not good for them as they may contain unwanted bacteria.
Muesli: Dry muesli is fine for gerbils, just not too much though.

Nuts: Not so good for gerbils. They can have one or two at the most.
Nectarines: Too acidic for gerbils to eat.
Newspaper: Fine for gerbils to chew on as they are no longer have toxic print.
Noodles: Dry noodles are fine for them to chew on.

Oranges: Too much water and acidic content in them for gerbils
Oatmeal: They can eat raw oats in small amounts
Orange peels: Too acidic for gerbils
Olives: Too high in fat for gerbils
Onions: Too much water and acidic content for gerbils
Oregano: Too high in fat for gerbils to eat.
Oysters: Too salty for gerbils to eat

Peanuts: Too much fat and acidic content for gerbils.
Peaches: Quite acidic and sweet so only in small amounts.
Peas: They can eat them in small amounts occasionally as they are high in sugar.
Pears: They can eat them in small amounts occasionally, as they are quite sweet.
Peanut butter: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.
Popcorn: They can eat it, if it isn’t salted, sweetened of flavored.
Pumpkin seeds: Can be eaten in small amounts, on an occasional basis.
Pumpkin: Can be eaten in small amounts on an occasional basis.
Pecans: One or two at a time on a very occasional basis.
Potatoes: Toxic for gerbils unfortunately.
Pistachios: One or two on a very occasional basis only.
Pickles: Too acidic for gerbils to eat
Parsley: Too much acid and calcium content for gerbils to eat.
Pretzels: Too high in salt for gerbils
Pine nuts: Too high in fat and acidic for gerbils. They can have the odd one or two.
Poppy seeds: Too high in fat and acidic for gerbils to eat.
Pomegranate seeds: Can be eaten in small amounts, but are high in fat.
Paper: It is fine for gerbils to chew on. Just make sure it doesn’t have anything toxic on it.
Papaya: Can only be eaten occasionally, small pieces only as they are quite sweet.
Pancakes
Pasta: Dry pasta is fine for them to chew on.
Parsnip: Too much water and acidic content for gerbils
Paper towel rolls: Great for gerbils to chew on.
Parrot food
Peaches: Can be eaten in small amounts, quite acidic and sweet.
Pineapple: Too high in water and acidic content for gerbils to eat.
Pine cones
Pizza: Cooked food is not good for gerbils unfortunately.
Pickles: Too acidic for gerbils to eat.
Pine wood
Pine needles
Plums: Can eat them very occasionally. Quite sweet.
Plastic: They will try and chew it but it isn’t good for their teeth.
Porridge oats: They can eat raw oats in small amounts
Pomegranate: It contains a lot of sugar and water. One or two seeds won’t harm them.
Potato skins
Potato chips: Far too salty for gerbils to eat.
Poppy seeds
Popsickle sticks
Poppadoms: They are fine for gerbils to eat. Just give them small amounts to nibble.
Pretzels: Too salty for gerbils to eat.
Pringles: Far too salty for gerbils to eat.
Prunes: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.

Raisins: Not the best for gerbils to eat. One or two occasionally only.
Radish: Can be eaten in small amounts occasionally.
Raspberries: Can be eaten in small amounts occasionally.
Rice: One or two grains only as rice expands in their stomach and too much will hurt them.
Romaine lettuce: Too full of water for gerbils to eat.
Roasted nuts: Can’t be eaten, only plain peanuts for gerbils.
Raisins: One or two very occasionally as they are very sweet.
Rabbit food
Raw cauliflower: Too much water in it for gerbils.
Rat food
Raw cabbage: Too much water in it for gerbils
Raw broccoli: Can only eat in small amounts very occasionally
Raw carrots: Can only eat in small amounts very occasionally
Red bell peppers: Can eat in small amounts, occasionally.
Red grapes: Can eat them occasionally, but they are quite sweet.
Red cabbage: Too much water content for gerbils.
Rhubarb: Too much water content for gerbils
Rice krispies: Dry rice krispies are okay for them. Make sure they dont drink milk.
Rice cakes: Dry plain rice cakes are fine for them.
Ritz crackers: Too salty for gerbils to eat unfortunately.
Rosemary: Not good for gerbils as very high in fat and calcium.
Rocket:  A few leaves at a time should suffice twice a week at the most.
Roasted peanuts:  Not good for gerbils to eat. Should be avoided.
Rose petals
Roses
Rolled oats
Rope
Runner beans: One or two raw runner beans are fine for them.

Strawberries: Can be eaten in small amounts occasionally.
Sunflower seeds: One or two seeds only as they contain a lot of fat.
Salted sunflower seeds: Too much salt for gerbils.
Saltine crackers: Too much salt for gerbils.
Spinach: Too much water and acidic content for gerbils.
Sweet potatoes: Too much acidic content for gerbils.
Shelled peanuts: Can be eaten in small amounts as a treat.
Shredded wheat cereal: Can be eaten in small amounts. Only plain cereal.
Seaweed: Too salty for gerbils to eat.
Salt: Not good for gerbils to eat.
Salad
Salted peanuts: Too salty for gerbils to eat.
Sausage: Too high in fat for gerbils unfortunately.
Scrambled eggs: They are fine for gerbils in small amounts occasionally.
Sesame seeds
Seeds
Shreddies: Dry shreddies are fine for gerbils to eat
Snap peas: Too much water and sugar in them for gerbils.
Snow peas: Too much water and acidic content for gerbils.
Soybeans
Squash
Squash seeds
Sticks
Straw
Styrofoam
Strawberry yogurt: They cannot digest it.
String beans: Can be eaten occasionally in small pieces.
String cheese
Steel cut oats
Sugar snap peas: Too much water content for gerbils
Sultanas: Just one or two as they are very acidic and sweet.
Sugar: Not a good food for gerbils to eat.
Superworms
Sunflower hearts
Sweetcorn: One or two kernels very occasionally. But too much sugar and water.
Swede: Too much water content for gerbils.
Sweet peas
Sweets: Too high in sugar for gerbils to eat unfortunately.

Tomatoes: Too much water for gerbils to handle.
Timothy hay:  They can eat it but only a handful a week
Turkey: Has too much fat for gerbils
Toilet paper rolls: They can eat them
Tangerines: Too sweet for gerbils to eat.
Tissue
Tortilla chips: They are too salty for them unfortunately.
Toast: Yes they can nibble it as long as it doesn’t have anything on it..
Toilet paper: Is fine for gerbils to chew on.
Trail mix
Tuna: They can’t eat it unfortunately. Contains too much salt for them.
Turnip: Too much acidic content for gerbils.

vegetables: Depends on which vegetable you want to feed them.

Watermelon: Has too much water in it for gerbils.
Walnuts: Too much fat for gerbils however one or two will be fine for them.
Worms
Waxworms: They can eat them, just avoid dead ones.
Watercress: Quite acidic, so only feed small amounts very occasionally.
Weetabix: Yes they can in small amounts.
White bread: Can eat it in small amounts.
Wheat
Willow
Wild bird seed: Not good for gerbils to eat.
Wood

Yogurt: Cannot digest it.
Yellow bell peppers: They can eat them occasionally in small amounts
Yogurt drops: Too sweet for gerbils

Zucchini: One of the better vegetables that you can feed gerbils.