Staying Healthy With Pellets and Hay
The chinchilla's process of consuming food is
quite different than other animals. They should have a lot of
roughage and fewer nutrients. One of the things that they must
have enough of is pellets.
Chinchilla pellets can be purchased from a breeder
or a pet store. Not all brands contain the same
ingredients. When your purchase them, be sure that the basic
ingredients are in the mix. This would include alfalfa meal,
wheat germ, molasses, oats, soybean oil meal, corn, and added vitamins and minerals. The chinchilla pellets are long because the animals eat with their hands
and they must be able to grasp them.
The chinchillas consume the pellets until they
feel full. When they get to that point, they will stop and
refrain from overeating. You can either feed them once or twice
a day. You'll want to figure out which feeding regimen is best
for them. Stick with whatever works best and be
consistent. If you're not, the chinchilla will know and the
inconsistency will cause them to be stressed.
If you have a young or expectant chinchilla, their
diet will have to be altered from the normal regimen. If you're
not sure on what to feed them, check with your veterinarian or chinchilla breeder to get more
information. As you get acclimated to what your chinchilla
needs, they can be assured of an uneventful and healthy lifestyle.
A chinchilla's livelihood is based on
routines. You can feed the pellets to them either from a hopper
feeder or a ceramic bowl. The hopper feeder is good to use
because you don't have to concern yourself about it falling over. Ceramic bowls are good because they are heavy and the chinchilla can't chew
it, like they would a plastic bowl. A good chinchilla
Kaytee Fiesta Chinchilla Food size: 2.5 Lb .
Chinchilla pellets are one of the best things they
can eat; but if for some reason you can't locate them, you can substitute rabbit or guinea pig pellets for
them. These are fine to consume as long as they contain plenty of fibre and are low in fat. If for some
reason you do have to switch their pellets, do it gradually. Once they get used to a system, it's difficult
for them to change suddenly. They will adapt, but they get stressed if it happens all at
Hay is good for them because it also provides
fibre for their system. You can choose from two
kinds: alfalfa or timothy. They can be purchased in loose or small compressed blocks with a
measurement of 1" X 1" X 2". The animals will eat both kinds and
it must be chemical and mold free. Because of their sensitive
digestive system, chinchillas can only consume fresh hay. To
remain fresh, it must be stored in a dry place.
Fifty-pound bags may be too much for a chinchilla
owner, so cubes can be purchased in smaller amounts. It's better
if the cubes are broken into smaller pieces. This way, they can
handle them easier as opposed to being one cumbersome piece. One
pressed cube or a handful of hay is all an adult chinchilla usually eats.
An alternative to hay would be Bermuda
grass. If your house has a lawn with Bermuda grass, you can feed
that to your chinchilla. However, the grass must be chemical and
fertilizer free. Just wash it off and give your chinchilla a
few. Bermuda grass helps to remedy any digestive