The chinchillas are South American rodent specie and they have continuously becoming popular pet animal for owning, where it is a suitable pet animal for growing indoor. The chinchilla’s pet animal has open rooted teeth and it is easy for them while chewing the food like high fiber hay and grass on the very abrasive manner. When you want your chinchillas to stay happy and healthy, then you need to follow the rough vegetation and diet plan just by offered in the limited quantities and in which you can provide the hay in unlimited quantity. The commercial pelleted food for the chinchillas is available in the pet stores where it should be offered in the limited quantities of no more than one or two in per day if you chinchilla are adult one. Breeding, nursing and growing your chinchilla may be fed larger amount of pellets where this provides additional fat, protein, calcium and calories to your pet.
The fresh greens such as like dark green lettuces can also be provided to your chinchilla where this provides the fiber and water. You also need to provide fresh drinking water daily to your pet in water bottle or in bowl where this protects your pet from the dehydration. Generally the wild chinchillas tend to consume most of their food early in the morning and at the late night. You should offer best chinchilla food twice in a day but in general these chinchillas consume the food throughout the day, as they tend to have their food slowly comparing to other small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits.
The chinchillas are herbivores animal and they eat lot of grasses and plants in which their diet should be high in protein and fiber and must be low in moisture and fat. Providing too much of fiber content in the chinchillas diet may cause liver damage. The chinchillas eat different types of the vegetation food items but the plants that are too lush might upset the tummies of the chinchillas so you need to regulate the quantities of the chinchilla’s diet. A constant supply of the hay is also highly recommended this is because the hay is the best chinchilla food which you need to include in the chinchillas diet where the digestive system of this pet needs grass and hay in order to stay healthy.
Dos and don’ts in chinchilla’s diet
- The chinchillas need around a tea spoon a day of the fresh hay and grass in which you can provide the kale, squash, potato, sweet potatoes and celery vegetables to your pet where this keeps them healthy.
- Fruits such as like blueberries, sultanas, grapes, apples and raisins can be provided to your pet on the daily basis this keeps their healthy stronger. The chinchillas like to eat small amount of root vegetables and dried fruits such as sultanas, carrots and raisins.
- Some amount of the recommended sources like seeds and nuts can be used for treating but you must bear in mind the high fat content in those this is because the chinchillas can get seriously ill if they are feed with the fatty food so just avoid giving the seeds and nuts and some other foods that are rich in fat content.
- Control the amount of the chinchillas food treat as they can be high in sugar content and making too much of the sugar content food items might make the chinchilla to overweight which can lead to the illness.
- Chinchillas have sensitive stomachs so you don’t give them too much vegetables and fruits as they can cause diarrhea problem to them. Generally the treats to chinchilla pet animal are normally high in fat and sugar when too many of sugar and fat content food is provided to the pet then it can cause weight gain and liver damage so don’t overfeed your pet.
Apart from the above things you always ensure that you provide a clean drinking water and plenty of grass and hay is available in the chinchilla cage, when the hay becomes mouldy then replace it frequently. Also don’t introduce the sudden dietary changes in the diet plan of the chinchilla where this result in illness.