Monthly Archives: May 2015

can chinchillas eat wheatgrass

Can Chinchillas Eat Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is a food that is prepared from teh cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum (subspecies of the family Poaceae).

It is served freeze-dried or fresh and is allowed to grow longer than malt.

It contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.

So can chinchillas eat wheatgrass?

Yes chinchillas can eat wheatgrass, but only in small amounts.

This is because it is high in acidic content and too much will upset their stomach.

So do regulate how much you give them to a small amount so they dont get too upset by it.

Image “Wheatgrass”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia

can chinchillas eat willow tree branches

Can Chinchillas Eat Willow Tree Branches?

Willow trees have tough wood, slender branches with large fibrous and often stoloniferous roots.

These roots are very tough and grow from the aerial parts of the plant and so are not so edible.

The leaves are typically elongated, but may also be round to oval, frequently with serrated edges.

So can chinchillas eat willow tree branches?

Yes they can, willow tree branches are perfectly good for chinchillas to eat.

Just be careful that they haven’t been coated with anything unsavory and they’ll be fine for them to chew on.

They’ll love them too. They are able to eat the leaves as well.

Image “Salix alba Morton” by Bruce Marlin – Own work: Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat rye grass

Can Chinchillas Eat Rye Grass?

Rye grass is used as pasture and for grazing and hay for livestock.

It is a highly nutritious stock feed.

They are also used for soil erosion control programs and is the principal grazing grass in New Zealand where around 10 million kilograms of certified seed are produced each year.

So can chinchillas eat rye grass?

Yes they can but give it to them dry and not fresh.

It may hurt their stomach if they ingest too much of it fresh.

Instead just feed it to them in small amounts if they are going to eat it fresh.

Image “Starr 001026-9002 Lolium perenne” by Forest & Kim Starr. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat lava rock

Can Chinchillas Eat Lava Rock?

Many chinchilla owners get their pets lava rocks for them to bite on in order to try and grind their teeth down.

One of the natural things for chinchillas to do is to grind their teeth on rocks and stones to keep them ground down. So…

Can chinchillas eat Lava rock?

Yes they can grind their teeth on lava rock, some will like it, and some wont.

So long as it does not have any chemicals or bbq starter on it, it is safe for them to chew on.

You will be able to chew on the bag to see if it does or not.

Chinchillas will have their own personal taste as to what they like and don’t like so its worth trying with them to help them grind their teeth on.

However, don’t get hung up if they don’t like it.


can chinchillas eat flax seed

Can Chinchillas Eat Flax Seed?

Flax seed is the binomial name Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae.

It is a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world.

So can chinchillas eat Flax seed?

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

Flax seed
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,234 kJ (534 kcal)
28.88 g
Sugars 1.55 g
Dietary fiber 27.3 g
42.16 g
Saturated 3.663 g
Monounsaturated 7.527 g
Polyunsaturated 28.730 g
18.29 g
Thiamine (B1) (143%) 1.644 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.161 mg
Niacin (B3) (21%) 3.08 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(20%) 0.985 mg
Vitamin B6 (36%) 0.473 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.6 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (26%) 255 mg
Iron (44%) 5.73 mg
Magnesium (110%) 392 mg
Phosphorus (92%) 642 mg
Potassium (17%) 813 mg
Zinc (46%

source wikipedia

Unfortunately they can’t at all. Any kind of seed is just too fatty, fully of acidic content, phosphorus and calcium for chinchillas to eat and will harm them if they eat them.

It is lethal for chinchillas to eat and should be avoided.

Image “Brown Flax Seeds” by Sanjay Acharya – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat honeysuckle

Can Chinchillas Eat Honeysuckle?

Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining bines which are native to the Northern Hemisphere.

There are approximately 180 species of honeysuckle which have been identified around the world.

They are very much valued as garden plants because of their ability to cover unsightly walls and outbuildings.

They are hardy climbing types and need their roots in shade, and their flowering tops in sunlight or very light shade. (source)

So can chinchillas eat honeysuckle?

Unfortunately they can’t at honeysuckle at all because of their toxicity.

Honeysuckle really isn’t good for chinchillas to eat and should be avoided.


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


can chinchillas eat oat hay

Can Chinchillas Eat Oat Hay?

Oat hay is a hay that is given to horses to enhance their protein.

It is a reasonable forage for mature horses, that is made from oats.

Depending on the stage of maturity at harvest, the hay may be a very good source of digestible energy.

However, if it was very mature at harvest and most of the grain has shattered and is gone. The feeding value will be reduced.



So can chinchillas eat oat hay?

Unfortunately they can’t eat the horse variety of oat hay.

However, oxbow has an oat hay for small pets available that is low protein grass high with a savory taste.

It meets the nutritional needs of herbivores with an optimal level of fiber and protein.

It can be mixed with other hay varieties, to achieve a nutty taste!

can chinchillas eat grape vines

Can Chinchillas Eat Grape Vines?

Grapevines or Vitis are a genus of about 60 species of vining plants in the flowering plant family Vitaceae.

The genus is made up of species predominantly from the Northern hemisphere.

It is economically important as the source of grapes, both for direct consumption of the fruit and for fermentation to produce wine.

The study and cultivation of grapevines is called viticulture.

So can chinchillas eat grape vines at all?

No they cant unfortunately, they are just too much for their stomach’s to handle and so should be avoided by chinchillas as a food.

They are just too sweet.

Souce “Pago de miraflores la alta albariza sanlúcar barrameda” by Antonio M. Romero Dorado – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

can chinchillas eat tissues

Can Chinchillas Eat Tissues?

Tissue paper or simply tissue is a lightweight paper or, light crêpe paper. Tissue can be made from recycled paper pulp.

Key properties are absorbency, basis weight, thickness (caliper), bulk (specific volume), brightness, stretch, appearance and comfort.

Tissue paper is produced on a paper machine that has a single large steam heated drying cylinder (yankee dryer) fitted with a hot air hood.

The raw material is paper pulp.

The yankee cylinder is sprayed with adhesives to make the paper stick. (source)

So can chinchillas eat tissues?

Well they can chew them, however do watch for choking as they can’t digest them.