Compound feed for older gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus)
Age-appropriate food mix for older gerbils – composed just as it would be in the wild
As our little friends grow older their habits change, and so do their dietary needs.
Growing animals need a lot of protein for their bodies to grow and develop; young adult gerbils need a lot of energy as they first leave their parents’ burrows, find eligible mates and start colonies of their own; and aging pets need more fibre and vital substances to remain fit and mobile for as long as possible.
Our SENiOR Mix is tailored to the needs of older gerbils. As animals grow older, they need less and less energy and protein. Older animals do, however, have an increasing need for certain other nutrients which can be found in great quantities in the raspberries and herbs contained in this food for instance.
Carefully selected delicious herbs, quality seeds, tasty roots and tender vegetables from organic sources remind us of the steppes of central Asia, which are the original habitat of gerbils of the species Meriones unguiculatus.
Indeed, we have made a number of excursions to central Asia to explore the natural habitat and the food sources available to the wild gerbils there in various seasons. The results of research into the gerbils’ natural habitats form the basis of this food. These findings were used along with the guidelines of the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (being the veterinary college of Hannover) as well as experience from many years of gerbil keeping to create an ideal food for your little friend.
36 prime ingredients, partly from organic certified sources
Each of the 36 components included in our Organic Gerbil Food "SENiOR" recipe has been chosen based on what would be available to wild gerbils living in various location in the steppes. All ingredients are carefully checked and only make it into our food mixes if they meet our strict quality requirements – thus, each and every bite your little gourmet takes is a feast for his senses.
And to make sure that no trace of fertilizer or, even worse, pesticide residue ruins your pet’s enjoyment we have been using organic ingredients whenever possible since establishing our company in 2003. By 2018 our network of suppliers is so large and reliable that we can now make all organic foods.
By the way: vitamins and micronutrients are gradually degraded during storage, especially when in contact with oxygen. For this reason, we keep our stores low, mix fresh foods every day and package them in airtight containers. Thus, your pet gets all of nature’s great wealth of nutrients.
Mix & match insects
A proverb says “tastes vary”. This is true not only for humans, but also for our pets. For this reason, we do not add “standard” insects as sources of protein. Instead, we ask you to choose your pet’s favourite insects separately and feed them either as treats (this is very effective when taming a new pet!) or add them to this compound feed. And if you occasionally want to feed your pet a little piece of a hardboiled egg or a little cottage cheese, you can simply leave out the insects that day to avoid feeding too much protein.
Wild gerbils live in steppes and desert areas, where they find a varied diet that changes with the seasons. On their daily rambles through nature, gerbils use their sensitive noses to find all the best bits of food, which they either carry home or eat then and there.
If you like, you can also entertain your pet with a foraging adventure: Instead of providing all the food in a feeding bowl, you can scatter the compound food around your gerbils' enclosure or bury it under a thin layer of substrate in the digging box. You can then watch your pets act out their natural behaviour, digging up even the smallest seed or grain.
For each animal, feed 1.5 heaped measuring spoons (this equals 1.5 heaped tablespoons) and up to one insect of your choice per day. Moreover, fresh hay and clean drinking water should always be available. Please check weekly how much food your pets have stashed away in their burrow: if the stores are, figuratively, overflowing, please reduce the amount of food slightly; if there is hardly anything stored your pets probably need a little more food.
This bag contains approximately 330 measuring spoons worth of food, which lasts on average 3 - 4 months for two gerbils.
Corn flakes*, yellow millet*, naked oats*, barley*, carrot*, rye*, parsnip*, dandelion roots*, parboiled peas*, buckwheat*, beetroot*, raspberries, clover seeds*, parsley leaves*, birch leaves*, hempseed*, rapeseed*, camelina seeds*, quinoa*, spinach leaves*, toasted soybeans*, alfalfa seeds*, amaranth*, red clover seeds*, hazel leaves*, sunflower seeds*, sesame seeds*, common marigold petals*, evening primrose seeds*, poppy seeds*, golden linseed*, nettle seeds*, milk thistle seeds*, aniseed*, black sesame seeds*, brown linseed* (*organically sourced ingredient) total organic ingredients: 98%
crude fibre: 8.3 %
crude protein: 12.9 %
crude oils and fats: 6.3 %
crude ash: 3.8 %
Naturally contained minerals per 100 g:
calcium: 480 mg, phosphorus: 410 mg, magnesium: 230 mg, potassium: 1020 mg, sodium: 46 mg
Naturally contained trace elements:
iron: 26.59 mg, manganese: 12.43 mg, zinc: 4.65 mg, copper: 0.78 mg
Rodipet® recommends this product for
Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus)
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