can chinchillas eat tomatoes

Can Chinchillas eat Tomatoes?

Of all the salad fruits that are found and eaten around the world, tomatoes are probably the most popular. Grown from the tomato plant they originated in the South American Andes and have since spread around the world.

So can chinchillas eat tomatoes at all?

Lets take a look here and find out more, in particular their acidic content, phosphorus, sugar, and fat content is of most particular interest to piggies.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Fat 0.2 g
0.9 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin (5%) 42 μg
(4%) 449 μg
123 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.594 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Vitamin C (17%) 14 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.54 mg
Vitamin K (8%) 7.9 μg
Trace metals
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.114 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 237 mg
Other constituents
Water 94.5 g
Lycopene 2573 µg

Source wikipedia

As you can see, tomatoes contain a hint of sugar, fat and phosphorus, and have quite a bit of acidic content in them.

This means that chinchillas cannot eat tomatoes. Unlike guinea pigs and rabbits, chinchillas just cannot handle the acidic nature of the tomato and will hurt their stomach. So they are best kept away from them for risk of making them very ill.

Can chinchillas eat tomato plants and leaves?

Unfortunately Chinchillas cannot eat tomato plants, stalks, vines or leaves. They are completely poisonous to chins and will harm them if they are eaten.