Feeding Chinchillas

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Feeding Chinchillas

What do chinchillas eat? Pellets Hay Water Treats Greens Root Vegetables Fruit Dangerous Foods Your chinchilla will need a balanced diet to keep them happy and healthy and we have a useful guide to help you choose the best food available for your chinchilla. What do chinchillas eat? In the wild chinchillas live on large amounts of dry, low quality vegetation that grows sparsely on the rocky terrain of the Andes Mountains.  They eat grasses, seeds, shrubs, cacti and berries.  This type of food needs a lot of digestion and as pets the ideal diet for chinchillas is lots of good quality hay and chinchilla-specific pellets. You should feed your chinchilla twice a day, during the early morning and late evening. Chinchillas can not digest foods that are high in fat or sugar properly and  this can lead to liver damage or diabetes.  High fat foods like peanuts, sun flower seeds, beans or nuts should not be fed.  Nor should fresh fruit as this is high in sugar. Food should be placed in heavy ceramic or metal shallow bowls that will not tip over and are strong enough to withstand being chewed! Always introduce new foods to your chinchilla gradually over a period of 10 days. View our Chinchilla Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and hay BackTo Top Pellets Always give chinchilla-specific pellets to your chinchilla as these have been designed to provide all the minerals, vitamins, fibre and nutrients required and are also free of molasses and low in sugar. Chinchilla pellets typically contain wheat, grass meal, soya hulls and full fat soya, oat bran, peas, unmolassed sugar beet pulp and brewers yeast. View our Chinchilla Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and hay BackTo Top Hay Chinchillas need lots of hay in their diet to provide roughage and fibre.  You should provide a fresh plentiful supply of good quality hay at all times.  There are also hays available that contain small amounts of marigolds, dandelions, dead nettle, birch leaf and chamomile.  Hay will also help to keep your chinchilla’s teeth trim and healthy.   View our Chinchilla Product section for a selection of nutritious hays for chinchillas BackTo Top Water Always provide fresh clean drinking water daily for your chinchilla and check the supply each day.  Water should be provided in water bottles and not in bowls as these are easily fouled.   View our Chinchilla Products section for a selection of water bottles and feeding accessories BackTo Top Treats Only give your chinchilla treats that do not contain honey or molasses and are low in sugar.  There are a wide variety of treats available which are sold as snacks and forage mixes which contain apple twigs, blackcurrant leaves, red clover, ribwort plantain, rose hips, rowan berry, birch bark, willow bark, rose, marigold, alfalfa, lemon balm, birch leaves, parsley, meadow grass and herbs. Treats in the form of mineral blocks and stuffed wood rolls (logs) are great for chewing on and help your chinchillas teeth stay in good shape.   View our Chinchilla Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and treats BackTo Top Greens Chinchillas can be fed some greens in tiny amounts as an occasional treat.  Recommended greens are spinach, endive dandelion leaves. Make sure any greens have been washed before you feed them to your chinchilla. BackTo Top Root Vegetables We do not recommend that you feed root vegetables to your chinchilla as they can cause bloat.   A small amount of dried carrot can be given occasionally as a treat. BackTo Top Fruit We do not recommend that you feed fruit (or dried fruit) to your chinchilla as it is too high in sugar and can lead to your chinchilla developing diabetes.   Dried rosehips can be given as an occasional treat as they contain plenty of fibre.  Thin slices of apple can also be given as a treat now and then. BackTo Top Dangerous Foods Never feed your chinchilla chocolate as it is toxic to most animals. High fat foods like peanuts, sun flower seeds, beans or nuts should not be fed.  Nor should fresh fruit as this is high in sugar. Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation BackTo Top