Commercially prepared gerbil food is usually
the best choice when it comes to feeding your gerbil. The
manufacturers of these foods have taken into account the various
vitamins and nutrients that a gerbil needs to remain healthy.
Do not keep replenishing your gerbils food dish before it
is empty. They have a tendency at first to pick out the items
that they enjoy the most. This means that they will only recieve
a select few vitamins and nutrients as opposed to the full-spectrum
that the gerbil mix was intended to provide.
You may also wish to supplement your gerbils regular diet
with small pieces of fruit. Over time you will find out which
types of fruit your gerbil prefers as they will usually leave
the ones they do not like untouched. By observing this you
will know which kinds of fruit to feed them in the future.
Be sure to remove uneaten pieces of fruit before they become
Avoid feeding your gerbil fatty foods such as peanuts and
sunflower seeds on a regular basis. Gerbils do really enjoy
these foods but only use them as a treat on occasion. In moderation
there are no negative health effects but in large quantities
they can cause significant weight gain. If you notice that
your gerbil is gaining excess weight you may wish to eliminate
these fatty foods from their diet entirely.