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Is My Gerbil Overweight?

It is easy to think that a gerbil is overweight. They are veracious eaters and consume anything in their sight that they take their fancy to.

This is why it is important that they get the exercise that they need to as they need to work off the food that they eat.

Also, they need the food that they eat to give them energy to move around as much as they do.

So the question is ‘Is my gerbil overweight?’

The one way to find this out is to look at the average weight for a gerbil.

The average adult weight for male: 80-110 grams
·The average adult weight for female: 70-100 grams

If your gerbil is tame enough then you can try and weigh it and get a good idea of how it compares to the average adult weight.

What if my gerbil is overweight?

If your gerbil is overweight, there are some simple things you can do to remedy the situation.

Regulate what you feed your gerbil.

Stay away from fatty foods and mixes. Use plain oats and alfalfa pellets. Don’t feed them too much.

A cup of plain oats or alfalfa pellets once a week will suffice for them. Ensure they are eating the whole amount and not just seeds which are fatty.

Make sure they get plenty of opportunities to exercise.

If they don’t have a wheel to exercise on, then install one or get a cage or tank that is big enough to have a large one and for them to run around in.

If they don’t have a wheel to exercise on, then install one or get a cage or tank that is big enough to have a large one and for them to run around in.

You can also use a gerbil ball for them to run around in if you are so inclined