10 Safe and Unsafe Foods for Chinchillas


6. Fresh Fruits

Fruits act as treats for your chinchilla and thus should be given in moderation. Think of fruits and chinchillas in the same way that you think of candy or sweets and humans. Too much of these foods can lead to a fatty liver in a chinchilla and even death. Most experts recommend giving these treats no more than 2-3 times per week and suggest limiting treats so that they are no more than 10% of a chinchilla’s diet.

Note that fruits are better than vegetables. In fact, vegetables can cause bloating and diarrhea and should be mostly avoided in chinchillas. The leaves and grass that chinchillas eat in the wild are very different from the vegetables that humans consume. Feed chinchillas plenty of grass/hay, but avoid most other “greens.”

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