The main reason for nutritional
problems in gerbils is a lack of proper nutrients and vitamins
in homemade food. Commercially prepared gerbil food generally
contains all the required vitamins to help your gerbil thrive
and live a healthy life. Be very careful when feeding your
gerbil homemade food or table scapes as it may not contain
all the vitamins that a gerbil requires. If you are certain
that you wish to make prepare your own gerbil feed be sure
that all of their food requirements are met. This takes a
lot more work than most gerbil caregivers are expecting.
The first sign of a nutritional deficiency in gerbils is
usually an overall lack of energy and movement. If you notice
your gerbil becoming sick more often than it should be this
can also be a sign.
In general, there is not a need to limit the food supply
to your gerbil as they will limit themselves. However, occasionally
the gerbil will continue to eat to the point that it is overweight.
If you notice your gerbil eating excessively or gaining unnecessary
weight you should try to limit the amount of food that they
have at their disposal on a daily basis. If you have any doubts
about the food that you are feeding your gerbil review our
gerbil feeding guide to learn
more about their requirements.
When your gerbil is not eating properly its immune system
will become weakened which makes it more susceptable to health
issues. This should give you ample reasoning to ensure that
your hamsters nutritional requirements are met.