can chinchillas eat salt

Can Chinchillas Eat Salt?

Salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride.

A chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.

Salt is incredibly important in the food industry as a food preservative and also acts to give flavor. (source)

So can chinchillas eat salt?

Unfortunately they can’t at all.

Their tummies just cannot handle it and pure salt alone will hurt them.

So do avoid feeding chinchillas salt as their metabolism just can’t handle it.

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