Chinchillas are unique animals being extremely picky about what they eat.
As you are a new pet owner, you must be wondering whether it would be a good idea to feed your pet chinchilla fruits.
As fruits are high in sugars, therefore you should only give them as treats occasionally and not on a regular basis.
There are some fruits which can be consumed by chinchillas in small amount including blueberries, grapes, raisins, and apples.
Is it wise to feed grapes to chinchillas?
There are many fruits which chinchillas can eat, but according to experts, it not a great idea to feed grapes to chinchillas.
There has been a difference of opinion on whether you should feed grapes to your pet.
Some say that grapes should not be fed to chinchillas at all, whereas others say that feeding grapes in small quantity to chinchillas would be fine.
Why can’t chinchillas eat grapes regularly?
The bodies of chinchillas cannot process high sugar foods, and as grapes contain a large amount of sugar, thus, it is recommended by experts not to feed grapes to your pet chinchilla.
However, you can give grapes to your chinchilla in a small amount as a treat.
You can make a treat for your pet by combining chopped grapes with some other vegetable.
Nutritional facts about grapes
Chinchillas have a highly sensitive digestive system and anything that does not suit their stomach should not be given to them at all.
Grapes can be harmful to chinchillas as they contain a high amount of water and sugar.
Both sugar and water are dangerous for the health of chinchillas.
Consuming too much water can lead to diarrhea or bloat to your pet chinchilla.
Chinchillas cannot eat water-based fruits.
Other than this, chinchillas cannot eat too many fats or sugars; otherwise, they would fall seriously ill.
Furthermore, grapes contain phosphorus and calcium, which makes them acidic; thus, they can be bad for your pet chinchilla.
Even in the wild, chinchillas are not exposed to grapes, and they eat grapes rarely.
Therefore, it is recommended that you should avoid feeding both seeded and unseeded grapes to your pet chinchilla on a regular basis.
What would happen if a chinchilla eats grapes?
Now the question arises that what happens to a chinchilla if it consumes grapes.
If they are fed small amounts of grapes, then nothing would happen to them, however, if you feed them grapes regularly in large amounts then they would face some serious health problems.
Foods that are acidic and have high sugar levels can cause different stomach issues to your pet chinchilla.
Firstly, they would feel pain in their stomach, which could lead to diarrhea.
Having diarrhea and bloating can make your pet chinchilla extremely uncomfortable and depressed.
Other than this, such food items are also not good for their teeth, thus by eating too many grapes; your chinchilla can suffer from dental problems also.
They can end up getting infections in their teeth.
I have observed that chinchillas tend to get overgrown teeth when fed foods that are rich in sugars and acidic in nature.
Furthermore, your pet chinchilla can also be allergic to grapes, thus when you are feeding grapes to your pet for the first time notice their expressions.
If they continue eating grapes after the first bite and seem fine, then it means that your pet is not allergic to grapes.