can gerbils eat cranberries

Can Gerbils Eat Cranberries?

Cranberries are berries that are larger than the leaves of its plant. They are initially white but then they turn a deep red color when they are fully ripened. They have have a very sweet and acidic taste.

They are a big commercial crop in many American and Canadian states. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, jam, sauce and sweetened dried cranberries. They are also sold fresh.

They are a traditional accompaniment to Thanksgiving and Christmas cuisine.

So can gerbils eat cranberries at all?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, fat, sugar, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kcal (190 kJ)
Carbohydrates
12.2 g
Sugars 4.04 g
Dietary fiber 4.6 g
Fat
0.13 g
Protein
0.39 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 3 μg
(0%) 36 μg
91 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.101 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.057 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 1 μg
Vitamin C (16%) 13.3 mg
Vitamin E (8%) 1.2 mg
Vitamin K (5%) 5.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.36 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 13 mg
Potassium (2%) 85 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Other constituents
Water 87.13 g

source wikipedia

As you can see cranberries contain a little sugar and acidic content, plus a hint of calcium and phosphorus. However, their water content is very high which isn’t good.

This means that they can eat cranberries but make sure they are dried cranberries and not fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries are not so good for them to eat because of their water content, and dried cranberries have had all the water drained from them.

However, dried cranberries are more sweeter and so make sure they don’t eat too many of them. One or two at a time, twice a week at the most will suffice as any more won’t do them any good.

They will love them though.