can chinchillas eat grapes

Can Chinchillas eat Grapes?

Grapes are a renown fruit that are eat all around the world. They are beloved by many different cultures and civilisations and are enjoyed whether seeded or unseeded, whether they are green, red, black or purple.

So can chinchillas eat grapes at all?

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

Grapes, red or green
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 288 kJ (69 kcal)
18.1 g
Sugars 15.48 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat 0.16 g
Protein 0.72 g
Thiamine (B1) (6%)0.069 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%)0.07 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%)0.188 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(1%)0.05 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%)0.086 mg
Folate (B9) (1%)2 μg
Choline (1%)5.6 mg
Vitamin C (4%)3.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%)0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%)14.6 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%)10 mg
Iron (3%)0.36 mg
Magnesium (2%)7 mg
Manganese (3%)0.071 mg
Phosphorus (3%)20 mg
Potassium (4%)191 mg
Sodium (0%)2 mg
Zinc (1%)0.07 mg
Other constituents water 81%

As you can see, grapes contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, quite a bit of acidic content, and a lot of sugar in them. But the biggest concern is that they contain a lot of water which is not good for chinchillas at all.

This means that chinchillas can’t eat grapes at all. They are not able to eat any kind of water based fruits. They are just too much for their stomachs and will give them diarrhea if they do eat them.

A fruit to be avoided whether they are seeded or unseeded.

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