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.
Chinchillas need lots of Timothy hay in their diet. Hay is naturally abrasive and helps to wear their teeth down.
These should be avoided altogether
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.
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.
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.
Having a good insight into the biology and behaviour of your Chinchilla can help you to understand your pet better.
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