can chinchillas eat olives

Can Chinchillas eat Olives?

Olives are grown across the Mediterranean and have been cultivated for generations.

They are mainly black and green but also come in other shades of colour in between which reflect the differing stages of their ripening.

So can chinchillas eat olives at all?

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

In particular, their calcium, sugar, acidic, fat, and phosphorus content is most pertinent to guinea pigs.

Marinated green olives
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 609 kJ (146 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.84 g
– Sugars 0.54 g
– Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat 15.32 g
– saturated 2.029 g
– monounsaturated 11.314 g
– polyunsaturated 1.307 g
Protein 1.03 g
Vitamin A equiv. 20 μg (3%)
– beta-carotene 231 μg (2%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 510 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.021 mg (2%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.007 mg (1%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.237 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.031 mg (2%)
Folate (vit. B9) 3 μg (1%)
Choline 14.2 mg (3%)
Vitamin E 3.81 mg (25%)
Vitamin K 1.4 μg (1%)
Calcium 52 mg (5%)
Iron 0.49 mg (4%)
Magnesium 11 mg (3%)
Phosphorus 4 mg (1%)
Potassium 42 mg (1%)
Sodium 1556 mg (104%)

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

As you can see olives contain a hint of phosphorus, quite a bit of calcium, a little acid, but a huge amount of fat.

This means that chinchillas cant eat olives unfortunately, they are just too fatty for them to eat. If they do eat one they may get tummy ache if not worse and cause further problems for them depending on how much of them they eat.



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