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Gerbils come from arid deserts. As a result, they subsist on very little water. But they still need a permanent source of freshwater. This need can be taken care of through a sipper bottle.
With a new pet, the first consideration is its diet. Diets for common pets such as dogs and cats have been improved over generations, to the point that today's pets are much healthier than their ancestors. Gerbils are still relatively uncommon, though they are steadily becoming popular. Let us see what do these adorable and affectionate rodents eat.
However, premixes come loaded with a problem. Gerbils can be incredibly finicky eaters, and if they pick one particular favorite food from a premix, they will stubbornly refuse anything else.
For this reason, food pellets are an oft-employed choice. Since the pellets can't be broken down into their constituent ingredients, gerbils get the required diversity. Pellets, though, can get boring very soon, and need to be supplemented by a large variety of fresh foods.
Pumpkin seeds can be given fairly regularly, but in small amounts. Both these seeds should be fed by hand, one by one. Apart from preventing overeating, this will also help strengthen your bond with the gerbil.
Small pieces can get lost in the gerbils' bedding and rot. Gerbils love to gnaw, and will spend a long time happily chipping away at half an apple. Berries should be given whole.
Occasional treats should be given in a separate dish, and should be removed after some time. Gerbils don't like stale food, and if the treats are left untouched for a considerable time, they can become a health hazard. It is very important to establish a feeding routine for gerbils; they can get anxious if they don't find food on time.
It is important to introduce a gerbil to a variety of foods, and not let it establish a firm favorite. A gerbil starved of its favorite food becomes incredibly miserable, while a variety of nutritious foods is one of the more important factors in keeping a gerbil happy.