Exotic rodent chinchilla is a popular pet with a nice appearance and excellent health.
With proper nutrition and care, chinchilla can live up to 20 years. It is very important to choose the right food for your pet. Poor nutrition disrupts the reproductive and digestive system and can cause premature rodent death.
In this article, we will consider the chinchilla eating at home, what is possible and what should not be given to the animal, the peculiarity of the diet, and which food is better to choose.
What do chinchillas eat in nature?
In natural conditions, chinchillas feed on a variety of herbs, spines, mosses, branches of shrubs, and stunted trees. The main part of the diet is dried fodder. Mountain herbs, growing in the area where usually live exotic rodents, contain all the necessary nutrients for the healthy work of the body.
Feeding rules for home chinchillas
Chinchilla is a herbivorous rodent that eats food in small amounts, but quite often.
Basic feeding rules:
- There should always be a reserve of healthy food in the feeder.
- New foods are introduced with caution.
- A balanced and varied menu.
- The chinchillas are very active, so they need calorie food, which also keeps a beautiful rodent’s fur in a healthy condition.
Diet and daily routine of chinchillas
Chinchillas lead a nightlife. The activity is shown closer to 6-8 pm. The owner must make sure that there is enough food in the trough of the pet to eat at night.
It is better to feed the rodent at the same time. He will quickly get used to the regime, which will have a positive effect on the digestion process.
Chinchillas have sharp teeth, which grow all their life. For the pet to be able to grind teeth if necessary, you need to put branches of trees in the cage, except for conifers with a high content of resins. Apple, lime, birch, and hazelnut are preferable.
In addition to wooden twigs, also used special toys, mineral and chalk stones.
Composition and balance of the diet
The diet for the domestic rodent is selected individually, taking into account the age of the pet, its health condition, taste preferences, and physiological characteristics of the body.
The main composition of the diet for home chinchillas:
- Rough food – hay, branches of trees, and bushes.
- Grain mixtures for chinchillas.
- Delicacies – berries and nuts, dried fruits, vegetables.
The daily rate of feed for an adult pet – 55-65 g. A balanced diet suggests feeding in the following ratio: 25 g – rough feed, 25 g – cereal mix, up to 5 g of vegetables, and the same number of additional delicacies.
How to feed chinchillas
The first feeding is not earlier than 6 pm. The owner can pour grain fodder into the trough. It is not necessary to count the portion. Chinchillas are not prone to gluttony and obesity, so they will eat exactly as much as their body needs.
The cell should always contain fresh and clean hay. The bundle can be placed in a certain corner or a special bundle for hay. Make sure that the chinchilla is never left without this delicious and healthy food.
Drinking mode of chinchillas
The rodent should always have clean drinking water in free access. It is better to use distilled or filtered water. Chinchillas should not be drunk with tap water. You can also drink chinchillas with a decoction of chamomile, rosehip, currant without adding sugar.