Can chinchillas eat garlic

Can Chinchillas Eat Garlic?

Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium.

Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion.

Garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran, and has long been a common seasoning worldwide.

It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used both as a food flavoring and as a traditional medicine. (source)

So can chinchillas eat garlic?

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

In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 623 kJ (149 kcal)
Carbohydrates
33.06 g
Sugars 1 g
Dietary fiber 2.1 g
Fat
0.5 g
Protein
6.36 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (12%) 0.596 mg
Vitamin B6 (95%) 1.235 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 3 μg
Vitamin C (38%) 31.2 mg
Minerals
Calcium (18%) 181 mg
Iron (13%) 1.7 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (80%) 1.672 mg
Phosphorus (22%) 153 mg
Potassium (9%) 401 mg
Sodium (1%) 17 mg
Zinc (12%) 1.16 mg
Other constituents
Water 59 g
Selenium 14.2 μg

Source wikipedia

As you can see, garlic contains a huge amount of phosphorus, acidic content and calcium plus a hint of calcium and salt.

This means that unfortunately chinchillas cannot eat garlic at all. It is just too acidic for them to eat and will make them sick.

A food to avoid feeding them.

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