Chinchillas

Foods To Avoid

Below is a list of foods that should not be fed to Chinchillas. The list includes many common household foods but is by no means exhaustive.

Quick Tip

Chinchillas communicate through hiccupping noises, chirps and squeaks.

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Grass clippings and sugary fruits

These should be avoided altogether

Poisonous Plants

There are several plants that are poisonous to chinchillas. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but some common plants that are harmful to chinchillas are: foxglove, lily, rose periwinkle, all nightshades, aloe vera, boxwood, amaryllis, apple leaf, cherry laurel, gaultheria, poppy, tulip, fern, all ivy, tomato plant, hyacinth, primrose, daffodil, autumn crocus, mistletoe, all olives, delphinium, geranium, holly, chrysanthemum, clematis, forget-me-not, lavender and hydrangea macrophylla.

Asparagus, peas, cabbage, corn, lettuce, broccoli, rhubarb & rhubarb leaves, spinach, carrot, apple, blueberry, celery, grapes, and oranges

Great care should be taken proving fresh material to chinchillas. Some chinchillas are very sensitive to the effects of fresh fruit and vegetables which can cause dietary upsets including bloat.

If providing fresh material do so in very small amounts (approximately a thumbnail size). If in doubt always contact your vet.

Did you know?

Chinchillas have lots of beautiful, thick and soft hair (not forgetting those beautiful bushy tails!). Their hair follicles contain more than 50 hairs whilst humans have around 1-3.

Did you know?

Chinchilla's teeth are continuously growing which is why it is important that they have constant access to things they can gnaw on.

Quick Tip

Chinchillas need lots of Timothy hay in their diet. Hay is naturally abrasive and helps to wear their teeth down.

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Have a question?

If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.

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