Chinchillas are cute, furry pets that need a healthy diet to stay active and live a long life. While chinchillas are herbivores, not all vegetables are safe for them to eat. When choosing veggies for your chinchilla, opt for healthy options that are low in sugar and high in nutrients.
- Romaine lettuce – This leafy green is a great source of vitamins A and K. Romaine is high in water content which helps keep your chinchilla hydrated. Feed romaine leaves a few times a week.
- Carrots – High in vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots support eye and skin health. Offer a small slice or two of carrot once or twice a week. Too much can be high in sugar.
- Bell peppers – Red, yellow or green peppers provide vitamin C. The crunchy texture also helps wear down teeth. Feed a couple thin slices per week. Avoid using pepper seeds as they can cause stomach upset.
- Bok choy – This nutritious Chinese cabbage is loaded with calcium and vitamin K. The leaves are also hydrating. Bok choy can be given a few times a week. Chop into bite-size pieces before feeding.
When introducing new veggies, go slowly to allow your chinchilla’s digestive system to adjust. Over time, you can offer a wider variety of healthy vegetables as treats. Be sure to remove uneaten fresh foods within 24 hours. Following these tips will help ensure your chinchilla gets to enjoy yummy, nutritious veggie treats.