FEEDING YOUR PET CHINCHILLA
What do pet chinchillas eat?
Chinchillas should be offered grass hay ad-libitum (available 24 hours a day).
While alfalfa hay can be used, it should not serve as the sole source of hay
as it is too rich and could result in digestive disturbances for your chinchilla.
Additionally, they can be fed a small amount (several tablespoons per day) of
rabbit or chinchilla pellets.
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?
Chinchillas do not require additional vitamins if fed properly.
Can I offer my chinchilla treats?
As a rule, chinchillas don't require treats, although fresh vegetables, fruits,
and grains is quite acceptable. Do not offer any "human" food without checking
with your veterinary surgeon first.
What About Water?
Water can be left in the cage 24 hours a day. Most owners choose to offer
water through a sipper 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
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