What We Like to Eat

Things we eat a lot of:

  • Bugs (mainly locusts, mealworms, worms, slugs. Mila likes ants and Jack likes woodlice.)
  • Chicken (cooked and raw), beef
  • Avocado
  • Seafood including most fish and shellfish, especially prawns. Raw salmon isn't allowed because it makes our fur smell horrible when we eat it. We get a lot of fish sticks!
  • Beans, peas, sprout tops and cabbage
  • Carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, mashed potato, butternut squash
  • Tomato, red and yellow pepper, radish, celery, olives

Things we get a little taste of as a treat:

  • Cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Scrambled egg
  • Pate

Things we aren't allowed but sometimes get our paws on and love:

  • Chocolate
  • Gin and Tonic
  • Haribo and marshmallows

Things we sometimes like:

  • Curry
  • Lamb
  • Venison
  • Mushrooms
  • Spaghetti Bolognaise
  • Rice and pasta

 

Things that would hurt us:

Grapes and raisins are lethal to meerkats. They cause sudden kidney failure in dogs, meerkats and some other animals. At a certain critical level the animal just suddenly dies (slowly and unrecoverably, in pain, over a few days). Meerkats like the smell and taste of grapes but should never be allowed near them. Because meerkats are so small they donít need many grapes for it to be fatal.

Meerkats suffer from fatal granulomas in their brains if they eat too much cholesterol, they are not designed to be able to deal with a high-fat diet. A diet high in egg yokes in particular, or chick egg-sacs, is a common cause of death in meerkats.