can chinchillas eat cauliflower

Can Chinchillas eat Cauliflower?

Cauliflowers are an annual plant that reproduces by seed where typically on the head which is called ‘the white curd’ is eaten. The head is made up of white inflorescence meristem and they resemble broccoli. They are from the same family as cabbage, collard greens, brussels sprouts, collard greens, and kale.

So can chinchillas eat cauliflower at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, their acidic, fat, phosphorus, sugar, and calcium content is of particular interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Cauliflower, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
5 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
0.3 g
1.9 g
Thiamine (B1) (4%)0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%)0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%)0.507 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(13%)0.667 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%)0.184 mg
Folate (B9) (14%)57 μg
Vitamin C (58%)48.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%)0.08 mg
Vitamin K (15%)15.5 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%)22 mg
Iron (3%)0.42 mg
Magnesium (4%)15 mg
Manganese (7%)0.155 mg
Phosphorus (6%)44 mg
Potassium (6%)299 mg
Sodium (2%)30 mg
Zinc (3%)0.27 mg
Other constituents

source wikipedia

As you can see cauliflower contains quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, but quite a lot of acidic content. This means that unfortunately, chinchillas cannot eat cauliflower. It is just too acidic for them to eat.

They cannot eat the leaves as well.


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