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can chinchillas eat basil

Can Chinchillas eat Basil?

Basil is often used in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and has a sweet strong smell and flavour. There are three main types of basil which are sweet with large green leaves, Greek basil that has smaller leaves and a peppery taste, and purple basil that has dark leaves and a mild flavour.

There are also asian varieties such as lemon basil, thai basil and holy basil. It grows all year round and can be purchased from good grocery stores.

So can chinchillas eat basil at all and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Lets take a look and find out more by checking out its nutritional data.

In particular, we are interested in its fat, sugar, acidic, calcium and phosphorus content.

Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
Carbohydrates 2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.64 g
Protein 3.15 g
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene (33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

source wikipedia

As you can see basil contains a large amount of phosphorus, a very large amount of calcium, and is quite acidic.

This makes it particularly bad for chinchillas which is quite surprising as being a green herb, you would think it would be good for them to eat.

But its high calcium and phosphorus content makes is a bad food for chins to eat.

If they happen to eat a little of it, then they should be fine but anything more and they may become ill.

can chinchillas eat banana chips

Can Chinchillas eat Banana Chips?

Banana chips are eaten often as a snack.

They are dried bananas which have been sweetened and  then baked.

So can chinchillas eat banana chips at all?

Unfortunately, they can’t eat banana chips. They are just far too sweet for them to enjoy and will damage their teeth and will get a stomach upset from then.

A food to avoid.

can chinchillas eat ice cream

Can Chinchillas eat Ice Cream?

Ice cream is a frozen food that is made from dairy products such as cream or milk and quite often fruits or other ingredients like sugar are added.

It is a popular dessert eaten around the world and is beloved by many for its variety of flavours.

So can chinchillas eat ice cream at all and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Unfortunately, chinchillas cant eat any kind of dairy products at all. Eating any kind of dairy product will make a chinchilla very ill if not kill them if they happen to eat it.

So keep it away from them.

If they do happen to eat ice cream then do seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.




can chinchillas eat bamboo

Can Chinchillas eat Bamboo?

Bamboo are flowering perennial evergreen plants that belong to the grass family Poaceae. They are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world because of their unique rhizome-dependent system and certain species can reach up to 35 inches within a 24 hour period.

Another great thing about bamboo is that it is a safe wood for chinchillas to eat.

Chinchillas enjoy chewing wood but only wood that is pesticide-free, untreated, not glued or painted is suitable for chinchillas to chew.

Bamboo which is collected for chinchillas to chew on must be soaked in hot water first and then dried to free it from any insects which may have infiltrated it.

Can Chinchillas eat bamboo leaves?

Yes the leaves are great for chinchillas. Again make sure that they haven’t been treated or are not infected with insects.

They are a great treat for chinchillas.

can chinchillas eat bananas

Can Chinchillas eat Bananas?

Bananas are known for being a popular tropical fruit around the world, and their name derives from the Arabic for finger which is ‘banan’.

You will find that there are different kinds of bananas like small sugar bananas, red bananas, but the banana you may be most familiar with is, is the cavendish banana which is long and yellow.

So can chinchillas eat bananas and if they can, how much can be eaten?

As per usual, lets look at their nutritional data in particular their phosphorus, acidic, sugar, and fat content which is most pertinent to chinchillas.

Energy 371 kJ (89 kcal)
Carbohydrates 22.84 g
Sugars 12.23 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 1.09 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%)0.031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%)0.073 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.665 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(7%)0.334 mg
Vitamin B6 (31%)0.4 mg
Folate (B9) (5%)20 μg
Choline (2%)9.8 mg
Vitamin C (10%)8.7 mg
Trace metals
Iron (2%)0.26 mg
Magnesium (8%)27 mg
Manganese (13%)0.27 mg
Phosphorus (3%)22 mg
Potassium (8%)358 mg
Sodium (0%)1 mg
Zinc (2%)0.15 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2.2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see bananas contain a large amount of phosphorus, are quite acidic and have a large amount of sugar. This makes them not good for chinchillas and will cause them stomach upsets because of their acidic and sugary nature if they have too much of them. If they have a little of them then they will be fine but they aren’t a fruit to be purposely given to them.

Can chinchillas eat banana peels?

Again, they are not the best foods for chinchillas and just like bananas, they are best avoided for feeding directly to chinchillas. There are much better foods for them to eat.

can chinchillas eat avocado

Can Chinchillas eat Avocado?

Avocados are a fruit that is often eaten as part of a salad or a cooked meal.

They are often grown in tropical and Mediterranean climates and have a hard rubbery skin, a green/white flesh and a kernal in the middle.

So can chinchillas eat avodado, and if they can how much can be eaten?

Lets take a look at the nutritional data, in particular its phosphorus, calcium, acidic, fat, and sugar content.

Energy 670 kJ (160 kcal)
8.53 g
Sugars 0.66 g
Dietary fiber 6.7 g
14.66 g
Saturated 2.13 g
Monounsaturated 9.80 g
Polyunsaturated 1.82 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin (1%) 7 μg
(1%) 62 μg
271 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.067 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.738 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(28%) 1.389 mg
Vitamin B6 (20%) 0.257 mg
Folate (B9) (20%) 81 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vitamin E (14%) 2.07 mg
Vitamin K (20%) 21 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (4%) 0.55 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.142 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 52 mg
Potassium (10%) 485 mg
Sodium (0%) 7 mg
Zinc (7%) 0.64 mg
Other constituents
Water 73.23 g
Fluoride 7 µg

Source wikipedia

As you can see avocados contain a lot of phosphorus, a little calcium, but are very acidic. This means that chinchillas cannot eat avocados. They are very bad for them and will cause them harm if they eat too much of them, in particular they may get a stomach upset and become sick.

can chinchillas eat asparagus

Can Chinchillas eat Asparagus?

Asparagus is a refined vegetable that is expensive to purchase mainly because it is quite labour intensive to grow. It is grown beneath the soil and it is cut just as its tips emerge.

It has an intense flavour which is enjoyed by many throughout the world.

There are different colours of asparagus such as purple which is French asparagus, american asparagus is green, Spanish and Dutch is white.

So can Chinchillas eat asparagus and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Lets take a look at its nutritional data, in particular its acidic, calcium, phosphorus, sugar and fat content is of particular interest.

Energy 85 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.88 g
– Sugars 1.88 g
– Dietary fibre 2.1 g
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 2.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (5%)
– beta-carotene 449 μg (4%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 710 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.143 mg (12%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.141 mg (12%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.978 mg (7%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.274 mg (5%)
Vitamin B6 0.091 mg (7%)
Folate (vit. B9) 52 μg (13%)
Choline 16 mg (3%)
Vitamin C 5.6 mg (7%)
Vitamin E 1.1 mg (7%)
Vitamin K 41.6 μg (40%)
Calcium 24 mg (2%)
Iron 2.14 mg (16%)
Magnesium 14 mg (4%)
Manganese 0.158 mg (8%)
Phosphorus 52 mg (7%)
Potassium 202 mg (4%)
Sodium 2 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.54 mg (6%)
Oxelate 130 mg

Source Wikipedia

As you can see, asparagus contains quite a lot of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a little sugar and fat content.

This means it is not good for chinchillas to eat. Its acidic content is just too much for them. If they do happen to have a little of it, they will be fine but it should not be fed to them intentionally.


can chinchillas eat arugula

Can Chinchillas eat Arugula?

Arugula is a dark green herb with peppery leaves which are usually put into salads or cooked. They have a peppery mustard flavour and tehir smooth dark green spiky leaves look quite like dandelion leaves.

They are also known as roquette, rucola, rugula, colewort or rocket.

So can chinchillas eat arugula, and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Lets take a look by checking out its nutritional data.

In particular, their acidic, phosphorus, fat, calcium and sugar content is of particular interest to us.

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 25
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.7 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 27 mg 1%
Potassium 369 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g 1%
Dietary fiber 1.6 g 6%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 2.6 g 5%
Vitamin A 47%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 16%
Iron 8%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 11%

Source: google

As you can see arugula contains a little sugar but a lot of calcium. This means that chinchillas can eat a little arugula, but not too much of it as too much calcium is not good for chins.

So a little once a week is fine but not much more than that with other greens.

can chinchillas eat apple tree branches

Can Chinchillas eat Apple Tree Branches?

Apple tree branches are very popular with animals who do need to chew a lot as they provide a nutritious way of grinding down their teeth effectively.

So is this the case with chinchillas as well, can they eat apple tree branches?

The good news is that chinchillas can eat apple tree branches. They are very good for chinchillas to eat and provide a very good way of helping chinchillas to grind down their teeth and provide them with some nutrition at the same time. Just make sure that the branch hasn’t been coated with any kind of repellent or insecticide.

can chinchillas eat applesauce

Can Chinchillas eat Applesauce?

Applesauce is that which is made from puréed apples. It can be concocted with peeled or unpeeled apples and using different spices such as allspice. You can also add flavourings and sweeteners such as honey or sugar to it. It is widely eaten in Europe, USA and UK.

So can chinchillas eat applesauce?

Unfortunately they cant at all. Applesauce is just too sweet for them and has too many preservatives and sweeteners for them. Even if it is preservative and sweetener free then the texture is just not what they like.

So it is a food to avoid as far as chinchillas are concerned.