can gerbils drink milk

Can Gerbils Drink Milk?

Milk is an opaque white fluid that is rich in protein and fat and is secreted by female mammals so as to nourish their young.

The females of all mammal species can by definition product milk, however cow’s milk is the type that dominates commercial production. It was estimated that in 2011, 85% of all milk worldwide was produced by cows.

Milk can also come from such animals such as yaks, reindeer, horse, donkey, camel, sheep, goat, and buffalo. Indeed buffalo milk makes up 11% of milk consumed, Goat’s milk 2%, Sheep milk 1.4% and Camel’s milk 0.2% as statistics in 2011 told.

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Can gerbils drink milk?

No it’s not a good idea to give them milk at all.

Why cant gerbils drink milk?

Gerbils cannot handle the lactose that milk contains and so it will make them sick if the drink it, as they can’t digest it properly. Lactose is the sugar present in milk and is a disaccharide containing glucose and galactose units.

Some owners say skimmed milk is fine for them, but it is still not the best food for them to drink.

What can gerbils drink?

The best thing that gerbils can drink is water. Give them a constant supply of it from a water bottle that is attached to their cage that they can drink from whenever they want it.

Of course, gerbils do actually have to drink much as they are desert survivors and have evolved to extract water from the foods that they eat and retain it in their bodies. They have even developed a way of urinating sparingly so as to keep water on board for as long as possible.