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can chinchillas eat hamster treats

Can Chinchillas Eat Hamster Treats?

Some chinchilla owners have other pets such as hamsters as well and so combining foods for the two pets may seem a good idea, especially from a financial point of view.

What about sharing treats, is that something that they can do?

Hamster treats are those foods that hammy owners give to their pets much like we give to chinchillas as a reward.

These treats can consist and are not limited to the following.

* apples 
* bananas
* blueberries
* broccoli
* carrots
* cauliflower
* cucumber
* dandelions greens
* grapes
* kale
* peas
* potato (cooked)
* romaine lettuce
* spinach
* strawberries
* sweet potato
* squash

Other treats:

* hay
* whole grain bread or toast
* whole wheat pasta (cooked)
* brown rice (cooked)
* whole grain cereal (no sugary cereal)
* meal worms
* crickets or
* small pieces of cooked chicken
* bit of hard boiled eggs
* nuts (no almonds; unsalted)
* unsalted peanuts
* pumpkin seeds
* lentils
* sunflower seeds
* plain air popped popcorn

source yahoo

So can chinchillas eat Hamster treats?

It really depends on what it is, for the most part the answer is no as they have a very different dietary system compared to chinchillas.

What we have done is to put a link to each food, so just click on the food and it will take you to our page which says whether chinchillas can eat that particular hamster treat or not.

Generally chinchillas have a whole other different set of treats so do take care what you feed them. Here are few chinchilla treats;

  • Alfalfa hay cubes
  • Dried Rose hips
  • Herbs fresh or dried
  • Fruit fresh or dried
  • Selected vegetables and greens
  • Grains
  • Toast
  • Raisins

The thing about treats is that they are not their regular food and should be given sparingly as too many treats is a bad thing as far as chinchillas are concerned.

You can read about what treats a chinchilla can eat here.


Image “Syrian hamster filling his cheek pouches with Dandelion leaves” by Peter Maas – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons 

can chinchillas eat ice cubes

Can Chinchillas Eat Ice Cubes?

Ice cubes are small, roughly cube-shaped pieces of ice which are conventionally used to cool beverages. They are sometimes referred to as crushed ice as they melt more slowly.

So can chinchillas eat ice cubes ?

Unfortunately they can’t at all. They are just too cold for them and will hurt their teeth. Just give them cool water, they will love that. There is just no need to give them ice cubes at all.

Image “Iced tea with ice cubes” by Editor at Large – Own work; also published by me on Flickr as Iced tea. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat maple

Can Chinchillas Eat Maple?

Maple trees are a tree that is found in various countries of the world. It is most renown in north america where the maple leaf is the national symbol of Canada.

Most maples are trees growing to a height of 10–45 m (33–148 ft).

Others are shrubs less than 10 meters tall with a number of small trunks originating at ground level. (source)

So can chinchillas eat maple at all?

Unfortunately maple is not safe for chinchillas to eat and it will harm them if they consume it as it is toxic.

A timber to keep away from them.

For more foods that chinchillas can and can’t eat, check out our chinchilla food list.

can chinchillas eat mango

Can Chinchillas Eat Mango?

Mangoes are juicy stone fruit that are native too south and southeast asia from where it has been distributed worldwide and now it is one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.

So can chinchillas eat mango?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular their acidic content, sugar, fat, phosphorus and calcium content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 250 kJ (60 kcal)
15 g
Sugars 13.7
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
0.38 g
0.82 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(7%) 54 μg
(6%) 640 μg
23 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.028 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.038 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.669 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.197 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.119 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 43 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (44%) 36.4 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.9 mg
Vitamin K (4%) 4.2 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 11 mg
Iron (1%) 0.16 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.063 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 14 mg
Potassium (4%) 168 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%)

source wikipedia

As you can see mango contains a hint of phosphorus, calcium, quite a bit of acidic content and a lot of sugar.

This mean that unfortunately they can’t.  Mango is just too sweet for chinchillas and will hurt their tummies if they eat it. It is a fruit to avoid feeding them.

Image “Apple mango and cross section edit1” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim ( Facebook Youtube – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat granola

Can Chinchillas Eat Granola?

Granola is a breakfast and snack food that is popular around the world that consists of rolled oats, honey, nuts and occasionally puffed rice. It is usually then baked until it is crisp. During the process of banking the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal type. Raisins and dates are sometimes added.

So can chinchillas eat Granola?

Some chinchilla owners give it to their chins but for the most part it is far too sweet for them and they just cant handle it in their tummies. It not advised to give this food to them.

Image “Granola03242006”. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat graham crackers

Can Chinchillas Eat Graham Crackers?

Graham crackers are a combination of finely ground unbleached wheat flour with the wheat and germ coarsley ground and added back in providing flavour. They are more commonly known as a sugar or honey sweetened baked good that approaches the cookie.

So can chinchillas eat graham crackers?

They can eat a little of them, but that’s about it. This is because they are generally too sweet for chinchillas to eat. So they are a food to avoid feeding them for the most part.

Image “Graham-Cracker-Stack” by Evan-Amos – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat fruit loops

Can Chinchillas Eat Fruit Loops?

Fruit loops are a brand of sweetened, fruit-flavored breakfast cereal that is produced by Kellogg’s and is sold in many countries.

They are ring-shaped and come in a variety of bright colors and a blend of fruit flavors.

However there is no actual fruit in them.

So can chinchillas eat fruit loops at all?

They can eat one or two of them as a treat but nothing more than that.

It has no nutritional benefit for them and shouldn’t be a traditional part of their diet.

But one or two are fine as a treat for them.

For more foods that chinchillas can and can’t eat, check out our chinchilla food list.


can chinchillas eat cloth

Can Chinchillas Eat Cloth?

Cloth is a fabric that is formed by weaving or felting from wool, hair, silk, flax, cotton or ther fibre. It is used to make garments, upholstery, and many other items.

There are times when they are running around having free time that they may seek to chew anything they like the look of. This may include fabric or cloth.

So can chinchillas eat cloth?

Yes if they eat it they should be fine as long as the cloth doesn’t have anything toxic on it. But it shouldn’t be intentionally be fed to them.

Image “Karachi – Pakistan-market” by Steve Evans from Bangalore, India – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat fabric

Can Chinchillas Eat Fabric?

Fabric is flexible woven material that consists of a network of natural or artificial fibres that are often referred to as thread or yarn. It is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or pressing fibres together.

Quite often when they are left to run around a home, chinchillas may chew anything they see fit. This may include fabric or cloth that is on furniture.

So can chinchillas eat fabric at all?

If they happen to chew it they will be fine but it shouldn’t be given to them in their cage. However if they are eating fabric then this is probably a bad thing as far as your furniture is concerned.  So it is better to keep them away from anything that you don’t want them to chew.

Image “Simple-textile-magnified” by Edal Anton Lefterov – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat edamame beans

Can Chinchillas Eat Edamame Beans?

Edamame beans are the preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. They are often served in teh pod and found in the cuisine of japan, china, Indonesia, Hawaii and Korea. They are either steamed or boiled. They are usually served in japanese restaurants, chinese restaurants and health food restaurants.

So can chinchillas eat edamame beans?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, their acidic, calcium, sugar, fat, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 509 kJ (122 kcal)
9.94 g
Sugars 2.18 g
Dietary fiber 5.2 g
Fat 5.2 g
Protein 10.88 g
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.155 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.915 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.395 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (78%) 311 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.68 mg
Vitamin K (26%) 26.8 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (6%) 63 mg
Iron (17%) 2.27 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (49%) 1.024 mg
Phosphorus (24%) 169 mg
Potassium (9%) 436 mg
Zinc (14%)

source wikipedia

As you can see Edamame beans are very high in phosphorus, they have a lot of calcium and acidic content.

This means that chinchillas cannot eat Edamame beans. They are just too high in phosphorus, acidic and calcium content and if they are consumed then they may get ill as they are not good for them.

Image “Edamame by Zesmerelda in Chicago” by Tammy Green (aka Zesmerelda) from Chicago Upscale Dining + Lounge Republic Pan-Asian Restaurant [ in Ontario & Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611] – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons