10 Important Tips for Caring for Chinchillas


7. You need to make sure that your chinchilla gets a carefully controlled diet

Chinchillas are herbivorous; they only eat plant material. On occasion, these creatures are also known to eat their own feces. This is nothing to be alarmed about and it’s important to a chinchilla’s health. If you want your chinchilla to be healthy, you need to give it a diet that is rich in plant fiber. In particular, chinchillas need access to fresh hay at all times. They also need to be able to eat small quantities of fresh herbs and leafy greens. Most pet stores sell ready mixes made of all the different herbs and plant material that chinchillas need. Never give your chinchilla foods that are rich in sugar and fat. Chinchillas rarely come across fruits in their habitat. Their bodies aren’t evolved to handle them.

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