Want to know whether chinchillas can eat meat or not? Well, you have come to the right place as I will tell you all about it.
Being a chinchilla owner myself, I have quite a lot of knowledge about what these furry animals can and cannot eat.
One thing that you must know if you plan on getting yourself a pet chinchilla is that these animals have a strict diet, and they tend to follow it properly.
If you don’t take care of their diet, then they will get sick and stressed, which may lead them to be aggressive towards you.
So make sure that you always feed your pet chinchilla what it likes to eat.
Can domestic chinchillas eat meat?
Who are domestic chinchillas? In the world of chinchillas, we divide them into two categories; domestic chinchillas and wild chinchillas.
Domestic chinchillas are those animals which you can adopt and keep at your home, and they can be tamed and trained, whereas wild chinchillas are those which are found in the mountains of the Andes.
Many people think that since chinchillas are rodent and have overgrown teeth, therefore, they would like to eat meat in order to keep their teeth short and aligned.
However, you will be shocked to find out that chinchillas don’t like eating meat.
As chinchillas are herbivores, therefore they only eat plants, herbs, leaves, grass and a small number of fruits and vegetables.
Yes, you can say that their diet is very boring, and they stick to particular food items only.
What are their dietary requirements?
I know what you must be thinking now.
Chinchillas need fiber, protein, and carbohydrates to be present in their diet.
Fats and sugars should also be in their diet but at a low percentage.
Chinchillas mostly tend to eat timothy hay and pellets made specifically for this species.
What would happen if you feed meat to chinchillas?
Chinchillas have a sensitive digestive system, and they can only eat specific food items.
If you feed them anything that they don’t like to eat, then it will upset their stomach and cause them diarrhea, which can lead them to get stressed also.
So, it is highly advised to only feed foods that are safe for your pet chinchilla.
It is a big ‘NO’ to feeding meat to your pet chinchillas as they only like to eat plants and herbs.
I am sure you don’t want your pet chinchilla to be constipated and make their cage messy.
Can wild chinchillas eat meat?
Even though wild chinchillas and domestic chinchillas are the same species, but still there are several differences between both of them.
Especially when you look at their eating requirements, you will find some differences between them.
Wild chinchillas are omnivores.
Therefore, they can eat both plants and meat.
Initially, chinchillas like to eat plants, seeds and grass in the wild but every now and then they also eat bird eggs and insects.
You can say that eating meat is not their favorite thing to do, but they eat it when they feel like it.