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can chinchillas be alone

Can Chinchillas Be Alone?

Chinchillas have much different characteristics than we do when it comes to being social.

Most chinchillas are very social creatures and very much used to the company of each other.

So can chinchillas be alone at all?

Chinchillas are typically social animals who enjoy spending time with other chinchillas.

 

Itt is advised to keep them in pairs rather than by themselves.

They do enjoy company and love to cuddle up together, to sleep together and also to play together.

It is recommended that they are kept in same sex couples unless you are planning to breed them.

However, if you are planning on introducing two lone chinchillas together, do note that it can be trick introducing two adults together for the first time.

So it is recommended that you purchase two together that have been brought up together.

When you have two chinchillas together, you don’t have to worry about entertaining them and keeping them busy as they will keep each other company very happily.

Just make sure they are given plenty of treats and toys to play with.

Make sure they are kept in a good sized cage that they can jump freely about in.

So yes they can be alone. But it is better to have two or more chinchillas living together.

If they live alone they tend to get depressed or depressed.

As nocturnal creatures they are awake and busy when most people are asleep.

So don’t be fooled if they don’t seem so active.

But if you have just obtained a chinchilla who happens to be alone, then they can spend some initial time on their own.

Just make sure it is a priority to get another chinchilla to join them.

They will appreciate it much more and will benefit hugely from the interaction, even if they don’t show it at times.

 

Can Chinchillas Eat Berries?

In everyday language, a berry is a small, pulpy, and often edible fruit.

Berries are usually juicy, rounded, brightly colored, sweet or sour, and do not have a stone or pit, although many pips or seeds may be present.

Common examples are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and red- and blackcurrants.

In Britain, soft fruit is a horticultural term for such fruits. (source)

So can chinchillas eat berries?

It depends on what kind of berry. Here is a list of berries we know about and list the ones that we know they can eat and definitely can’t eat. To be honest, most are unknown.

  • Acai berry: Unknown
  • Amla / Amalika / Indian Gooseberry: Unknown
  • Baneberry: Small, hard red or white berries. Toxic.
  • Barbados cherry: Unknown
  • Barberry: Unknown
  • Bearberry: Unknown
  • Bilberry: Unknown
  • Bittersweet: Unknown
  • Blackberry: They can eat them
  • Blueberry: Yes they can eat them
  • Black Mulberry: Unknown
  • Boysenberry: Unknown.
  • Buffalo berry: Unknown.
  • Bunchberry: Unknown
  • Chokeberry: Unknown
  • Chokecherry: Unknown.
  • Cloudberry: Unknown
  • Cowberry: Unknown
  • Cranberry: Yes they can eat them
  • Currant: Yes they can eat them
  • Dewberry: Unknown
  • Goji berry: Unknown
  • Gooseberry: Unknown
  • Grape: They can eat them
  • Holly berry: Toxic for chinchillas
  • Huckleberry: Unknown
  • Indian Plum: Unknown
  • Ivy berry: Toxic for chinchillas
  • Juneberry: Unknown
  • Juniper berry: Unknown
  • Lingonberry: Unknown
  • Logan Berry: Unknown
  • Mistletoe berry: Small, hard, red berries that grow on mistletoe. Toxic.
  • Nannyberry: Unknown
  • Oregon Grape: Unknown
  • Persimmon: Unknown
  • Pokeberry: All parts of the plant are toxic.
  • Privet berry: Toxic to chinchillas
  • Raspberry: They can be eaten by chinchillas
  • Red Mulberry: Unknown
  • Salmonberry: Unknown
  • Strawberry: They can be eaten by chinchillas
  • Sugarberry: Unknown
  • Tayberry: Unknown
  • Thimbleberry: Unknown
  • White Mulberry: Not good for chinchillas to eat.
  • Wineberry: Unknown
  • Wintergreen: Unknown
  • Yew berry: Toxic to chinchillas
  • Youngberry: Unknown.

 

can chinchillas eat bran flakes

Can Chinchillas Eat Bran flakes?

Bran flakes are a breakfast cereal which is poplar all around the world.

A popular variety of branflakes are Kellogg’s Complete Wheat Bran Flakes which is a breakfast cereal containing 100% of the United StatesRecommended Dietary Allowance of eleven vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, and Iron, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, and Zinc.

One 3/4 cup serving contains 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of dietary fiber and 90 calories, 5 of which come from fat. Kellogg’s Complete contains no cholesterol. (source)

So can chinchillas eat bran flakes?

They can eat a few flakes of branflakes plain and without any milk or additives such as sugar on it.

 

can chinchillas and degus live together

Can Chinchillas And Degus Live Together?

Many owners have both chinchillas and degus as pets. They are popular pets to have and loved by many around the world.

So as they are both rodents, this post looks at whether it is possible to put the two together and save one space and food.

To start with, lets look at how the two animals compare.

What are chinchillas like?

Chinchillas are animals who are very quick, inquisitive and love to move.

Being small in stature, they can get around very easily and evade predators who are out to get them.

They are small and fragile creatures and should not be treated roughly.

Chins have beautiful fur which is has been sought after over the years.

They are low maintenance and don’t require much looking after.

They are social creatures who very much enjoy living with other chinchillas.

Chins enjoy living in areas of high humidity.

Chinchillas are herbivores which means that they only eat berries, fruits, leaves, roots, and grasses

However, they are quite highly strung characters and have very short spans of attention

A chinchilla can live around 10 years if they are treated well and with respect.

Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures who enjoy sleeping during the day and being active at night.

What are degus like?

Degus are very similar to chinchillas.

They are very fast like chinchillas and love to jump and run around.

Degus are also very fragile creature, but more rat like in their shape and size than chinchillas.

They are not as furry as chinchillas and their coat is much thinner.

Like chinchillas, they are low maintenance and don’t require a great deal of looking after.

They are also social creatures who need to live with other degus.

Degus also love warm weather and do not like the cold.

They are also quite highly strung characters and have short spans of attention.

However, unlike chinchillas, degus are omnivores. This means that they can eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.

Unlike chinchillas they live for slightly shorter life spans of between 6-8 years.

 They are also diurnal creatures which means they sleep at night and are awake during the day time.
Can chinchillas and degus live together?

So as you can see, they are very similar types of pets.

They are both rodents and have very similar attributes.

If they are so similar, then what is stopping them from living with each other?

They can eat very similar foods, degus can even eat chinchilla foods.

They are very similar in character and are both quite passive creatures.

So why can’t they live together?

The reason that it’s not a good idea to keep them together is because of their sleeping patterns.

The fact that chinchillas are nocturnal and degus are diurnal creatures can cause problems for both creatures as they can disturb each other when they sleep.

This could cause issues in their relationship.

How can degus and chinchillas interact?

If you want your degu and chinchilla to interact together, the best way to do this is to have supervised periods of time where they spend in the same vicinity.

Monitor this time and don’t take your eyes off them to ensure that there is no issues or problems between them.

Any sign of violence, then pull one of them out immediately.

But they can learn to get along together with your supervision. This would have to be during a time when they are both naturally awake and not be forced awake.

They can learn to play together well and respect each other, just like the two below

Its just not a good idea for them to share the same cage.

can chinchillas use exercise balls

Can Chinchillas Use Exercise Balls?

Exercise balls are used by small rodents such as hamsters and gerbils for exercise so they can run off steam.

They are popular amongst owners of these rodents because they allow them to roam around the house without fear of them running off and hiding.

They are a way of keeping them safe whilst allowing them to exercise.

Chinchillas need exercise too.

They are very active rodents who jump around their cages to ensure that they get the exercise they need.

So can chinchillas use exercise balls?

Unfortunately, they can’t at all.

They are very dangerous for chins to use and will harm them if they get into one.

Exercise balls are not built for chinchillas and chins are not agile enough to survive in one.

They will get thrown around and injured.

So keep them away from exercise balls

Can Chinchillas Eat Barley?

Barley, a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally.

It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago.

Barley has been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods.

It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures.

Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

In 2014, barley was ranked fourth among grains in quantity produced (144 million tonnes) behind corn, rice and wheat (source)

So can chinchillas eat barley?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

We are particularly interested in their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 1,473 kJ (352 kcal)
Carbohydrates
77.7 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Dietary fiber 15.6 g
Fat
1.2 g
Protein
9.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 13 μg
160 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.191 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.114 mg
Niacin (B3) (31%) 4.604 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.282 mg
Vitamin B6 (20%) 0.26 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 23 μg
Choline (8%) 37.8 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 29 mg
Iron (19%) 2.5 mg
Magnesium (22%) 79 mg
Manganese (63%) 1.322 mg
Phosphorus (32%) 221 mg
Potassium (6%) 280 mg
Sodium (1%) 9 mg
Zinc (22%) 2.13 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, barley contains a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a hint of calcium, fat and sugar.

This means it is not a good food for chinchillas to eat. It is too acidic for them and may  harm them due to its acidity.

A food to avoid feeding them.