Chinchilla: Pamper us mummy!

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Mummy pampered us today. We have nice big Rosehips today – one of the days in a week where we got our supplements.

Over a decade now, mummy had keep our diet here to a simple formula consisting of:

  • 75% Hay/Grass
  • 15% Pellet
  • 10% Supplements/Treats

If you are interested, read more below:

Why is hay so important for chinchillas?

Hay! Hay! and more Hay!

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Hay might looks boring to many of you human owners. But for small animals like us, it’s our dish of the day closest to what we have in the wild. Since it is our main food, 70-90% of our diet need to be hay! (Grass is acceptable too!) It keeps us healthy and helps keep us body function works properly. See below for how:

1)Hay keeps the gut moving
Timothy Hay is made up of long fibers that help the muscles of the chinchilla gut stay strong. A chinchilla may not be as complex as rabbit, however we need to constantly snack on hay throughout the day to keep the digestive system moving inside, and help prevent blockages (eg. from fur or things they’ve eaten). We chinchillas sometimes do not have or have little concept of what they can and cannot digest! Blockages can often be fatal. Not having enough hay then this can slow down our intestinal functions and cause serious gut problems. Unknown to many, 2nd cut timothy hay is closest to our daily nutritional need

2)Hay grinds chinchilla ever-growing teeth down to a safe level
Chinchilla teeth continually grow, including all of ourback ones. If these aren’t kept in check by wearing them down on hay and grass, they can grow out of control. It can later lead to painful abcesses, and even grow into the eyes from within. It’s all a fast process – teeth grow about 5-10cm a year! Usually eye problems are often linked to the teeth. Normal pellets do not wear the teeth down like the side-to-side jaw action used while eating hay.

3)Keep chinchillas busy occupied
Hay keeps us busy. Like all food, we chinchillas also like to have the nicest piece of hay. While doing so, we would sometimes kickout all of them and pick the nicest hay piece there is. As such, we should eat a bundle of hay our own body size every day! We chinchillas also need access to clean hay every day (no one likes dirty or stale food!) and in unlimited portions.

But some of us does not consume hay. Why?
All chinchillas need to eat hay, but we can be fussy (well they do have a lot more taste buds than humans!) so you just need to find one that we like and make sure they’re not filling up on other foods. If we don’t currently eat grass, wean them onto us slowly to avoid upset stomachs. First to cut down is the pellets. Mummy have a small spoon that she purchase to indicate the amount per chinchilla for pellets. We just love sweet treats. Mummy swapped them out long ago for nice healthy treats.LINK Here.

Different Types of FRESH Hay. #greathayday

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What pellets are good for chinchillas?

In Singapore , we are quite fortunate. Supplies of animal feed can be easily shipped from oveaseas as long they are of reputable source. We have done up a list in 2015. Dont think they differs much now. LINK Here

Always remember pellets only take up 15% max of their diet. a spoonful or two daily per chinchilla is what they need for their mineral needs. We recommend MAZURI for their wide variety of protien mix, palatability and consistency in their mix. Their fur growth are much better than other diet in Singapore market. We always use the best available pellets for them.

Where to find Mazuri? Link here

Teeth problems is another common problems for chinchillas.Changing their diet is critical in prolonging their life.

What supplements/treats are good for chinchillas?

Picky eaters have a crave for sweet stuffs. That is what small animals such as chinchillas are. They can skipped meals just to wait for their little treats. Always remember fresh fruits and vegetables are harmful to chinchillas as they carry protozoa and bacteria even after washing. Protozoa and bacteria are usually the main cause of stomach upsets in chinchillas.Most of them contain too much sugar and certain minerals that may cause major mineral imbalanced in their small body.

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Munching healthy treats

We did up a list of 10 safe and unsafe treats here. Another of very detailed write up on oats here. Organic herbs here and here too. You can get the latest organic mixtures here

Healthy chinchilla treats can be found here.

Occasionally safe toys offer good gnawing materials for your chinchillas.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

If you want a healthy chinchilla too, take action now. Keep your chinchilla healthy. The key is avoid veterinarians visits even how nice they are. Most of them are totally non small animal savvy.

Note: The picture above was taken while all of them are enjoying rosehips. They occasionally enjoy our own blend mix of supplements too.

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