• Belmont Avenue Veterinary Hospital
  • 304 Belmont Avenue,
  • Kewdale ,
  • Western Australia,
  • 6104
  • Phone: +61892774966
  • Website: http://belmontavevet.com.au/

Feeding Your Pet Chinchilla

chinchillaWhat do pet chinchillas eat?

Chinchillas should be offered good quality grass hay ad-libitum (available 24 hours a day). Pellets or concentrate foods should be given as a small quantity in addition to the hay. If a concentrate mix is used this should only be topped up when all parts are eaten so as to avoid selective feeding. Any necessary changes in diet should be done slowly over several days to decrease the chance of gastrointestinal problems.

Do I need to give my chinchilla vitamins?

If kept indoors an activated Vitamin D3 supplement should be given.

feeding tubeCan I offer my chinchilla treats?

As a rule, chinchillas don't require treats, although fresh fibrous vegetables and fruit (e.g. carrot, apple, pear) are quite acceptable. Raisins are a particular favourite and are ideal for training purposes. Commercial chinchilla treats are also available, though avoid sugary or chocolate treats. As with all treats it is important not to allow them to become a significant part of the diet. Do not offer any "human" food without checking with your veterinarian first.

What about water?

Water can be left in the cage 24 hours a day. Most owners choose to offer water through a dripper bottle hung in the cage. Check it whenever you change the water (at least daily) to make sure the sipper tube has not become clogged with food.

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