For humans, kiwis are one of the healthiest food you can eat, and they are one of my favorite fruits. They’re low-calorie vitamin bombs!
However, not everything that’s good for human consumption is good for sugar gliders to eat. If you’ve ever had the urge to feed kiwi to your sugar glider, I’m here to answer all your questions.
If you’ve ever been tempted to feed this delicious fruit to your glider, good news, you can give kiwis to your sugar glider! They can eat this fruit, including the seeds, without any problems. It’s a very healthy source of many vitamins and minerals that will keep your glider in good shape. However, you should always make sure to give your glider a balanced diet of many different foods.
In the rest of this post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know for safe feeding. Let’s dig in!
What’s in a kiwi anyway?
Kiwis are a delicious fruit about the size of an egg. The fruit is native to Eastern and Central China but is now produced all over the world. The kiwi is known as a superfood because of the number of vitamins and minerals it contains. Let’s take a closer look at the kiwi to determine if it’s safe for our gliders to eat, shall we?
1 cup (177 grams) of kiwifruit contains the following nutrients:
- 108 calories
- 26 grams of carbs
- 5 grams of fiber
- 2 grams of protein
- 1 gram of fat
But that’s not all, kiwis also contain an absolute ton of vitamins and minerals. Let’s take a look.
This food is chock full of vitamin C. The aforementioned cup of kiwi contains 237% of the daily recommended intake for humans! Sugar gliders are much smaller so they naturally need much less vitamin C than we do.
A small amount of this fruit is enough to meet their daily vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C helps their immune system and acts as an antioxidant, preventing DNA damage.
Vitamin K is helpful for your glider’s bone health. Kiwi contains a lot of vitamin K, making it an excellent fruit for them to consume.
Kiwis are less rich in vitamin E, but they still contain a fair amount of it. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, just like vitamin c, and it protects your glider’s vision, brain, and blood.
So are kiwis good for gliders?
On the whole, kiwis contain nothing that can harm your glider while at the same time being a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They’re an excellent fruit to give your glider as a treat and are without a doubt good for them to eat.
If you’ve never fed this food to your glider before, make sure that you introduce it to their diet slowly. Their digestive system can be pretty fragile so if you give them too much of it too suddenly they can develop diarrhea.
Can sugar gliders eat kiwi seeds?
Like many fruits, kiwis contain seeds that are used for reproduction. In some fruits, however, the seeds can be very dangerous. For instance, the seeds of an apple can be lethal because of the cyanide they contain. For that reason, it’s always of the utmost importance to do research before you feed your glider the seeds of any fruits.
Luckily, the seeds of the kiwi do not contain cyanide or anything that’s proven to be harmful to them. Some pet owners still remove the seeds, but others don’t, it’s mostly personal preference.
The seeds are very small so they shouldn’t pose any choking hazard for your glider either.
Can gliders eat the skin?
The skin of kiwis contains a lot of nutrients, especially fiber. Unfortunately, gliders cannot eat the skin.
You should remove the skin and only feed your glider the flesh of the fruit. The skin of kiwis is pretty tough and can easily be a choking hazard for your glider.
The best way to feed it to your glider is by taking it out of the skin and cutting it into smaller pieces that your glider can hold in its tiny paws.
Do gliders like to eat kiwis?
Most gliders do enjoy eating this fruit, but some gliders will not eat it. Sugar gliders can be quite picky eaters, and some will not eat certain foods no matter how often you try to give it to them.
If your glider doesn’t seem to be very interested in eating kiwis, try giving them some other fruits instead.
Other fruits for sugar gliders
If your glider isn’t a fan of kiwi try feeding them some of these fruits instead:
To learn more about what a sugar glider should eat daily I recommend that you take a look at the sugar glider nutrition guide. It will teach you everything about what fruits sugar gliders can eat. Further, you will also find a complete list in this guide on what sugar gliders can not eat.
How often should they eat kiwis?
Sugar gliders should have a diet that consists of 50% protein, a quarter of fruits, and a quarter of vegetables. But this does not mean that a quarter of their diet should consist of kiwis. You should feed your glider many different fruits so they get as many different nutrients as possible. No two fruits have the same nutritional makeup, and by giving them only one kind of fruit (no matter how healthy that fruit is) they’ll be missing out on the nutritional benefits of a varied diet.
Kiwis are fine to give pretty often as a fruit, as long as you balance it with other fruits so your glider has a varied and healthy diet.
So, that’s all you need to know about sugar gliders and kiwis! To recap, sugar gliders need a balanced diet with many different fruits and vegetables. Kiwi’s are an essential part of a balanced glider diet and are one of the healthiest fruits you can feed them. They’re very rich in vitamins K, C, and E. On top of that, they contain many important antioxidants. On the whole, these vitamin bombs are an incredible addition to any glider’s diet.
I hope this guide was useful and that it taught you something new! If you believe I made a mistake, want me to add something, or just want to share your thoughts, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below.
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