Can Gerbils Eat Kale?

Kale is a hardy cabbage from a variety that has erect stems, large leaves, and no compact head.

It is a cabbage that is very easy to grow and thrives in frost. It is often used in salads, stir fries, pizza toppings or soup. It is also used fundamentally as a vegetable in its own right that can be steamed, boiled, baked or fried.

So can gerbils eat kale?

Let’s take a look at the nutritional qualities of kale and find out more.

In particular, its water content and acidic content are of particular interest, as well as its fat, phosphorus, calcium, salt, and sugar content as these are the nutritional elements that affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 207 kJ (49 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.8 g
Sugars 2.3 g
Dietary fiber 3.6 g
Fat 0.9 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(63%) 500 μg
8198 μg
Thiamine (B1) (10%) 0.11 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.0 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(18%) 0.9 mg
Vitamin B6 (21%) 0.27 mg
Folate (B9) (35%) 141 μg
Choline (0%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin C (145%) 120 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.54 mg
Vitamin K (671%) 705 μg
Minerals
Calcium (15%) 150 mg
Iron (12%) 1.5 mg
Magnesium (13%) 47 mg
Manganese (31%) 0.66 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 92 mg
Potassium (10%) 491 mg
Sodium (3%) 38 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.6 mg
Other constituents
Water 84.0 g

source wikipedia

As you can see the water content is high, as is its acidic content. It is also high in phosphorus. But it is low in sugar and fat.

This means that they can eat it but only in small amounts on a very occasional basis. It is not the best food for them because of its water and acidic content.

Too much kale will give them diarrhea because they just can’t deal with the water that it contains.

So make sure it is cut up small enough to hold it in their paws as if it is too large they will struggle with it.