can chinchillas eat cranberries

Can Chinchillas eat Cranberries?

Cranberries are fruit that are hard and bitter and are usually produced so as to be processed to be made into cranberry juice or sauce. They are also sold both sweetened or dried.

When they are made into a sauce they are a traditional accompaniment to turkey at thanksgiving dinners across USA and Canada.

So can chinchillas eat cranberries at all?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kcal (190 kJ)
Carbohydrates
12.2 g
Sugars 4.04 g
Dietary fiber 4.6 g
Fat
0.13 g
Protein
0.39 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin(0%) 3 μg
(0%) 36 μg
91 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.101 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.057 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 1 μg
Vitamin C (16%) 13.3 mg
Vitamin E (8%) 1.2 mg
Vitamin K (5%) 5.1 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.36 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 13 mg
Potassium (2%) 85 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Other constituents
Water 87.13 g

source wikipedia

As you can see cranberries contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, fat, and acidic content plus a little sugar.

This means that chinchillas can eat cranberries but only in very small amounts. It isnt the best for them but it doesn’t mean to say that they cant eat it at all.

 

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