can chinchillas eat rolled oats

Can Chinchillas Eat Rolled Oats?

Rolled oats are oat groats that have been dehusked and steamed, before being rolled into flat flakes under heavy rollers and stabilized by being lightly toasted.

They are sold in grocery stores as porridge oats.

So can chinchillas eat rolled oats?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 379 kcal (1,590 kJ)
67.70 g
Sugars 0.99 g
Dietary fiber 10.1 g
6.52 g
13.15 g
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 0 μg
Thiamine (B1) (40%) 0.460 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.155 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.125 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (22%) 1.120 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.100 mg
Folate (B9) (8%) 32 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0.00 μg
Choline (8%) 40.4 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vit D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.42 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.0 μg
Calcium (5%) 52 mg
Iron (33%) 4.25 mg
Magnesium (39%) 138 mg
Manganese (173%) 3.630 mg
Phosphorus (59%) 410 mg
Potassium (8%) 362 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (38%) 3.64 mg
Other constituents
β-glucan (soluble fibre) 4 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, rolled oats contain a hint of salt and sugar, a huge amount of phosphorus, a little calcium and fat, and a lot of acidic content.

This means that rolled oats aren’t a food that they can eat huge amounts of.

They can eat a few rolled oats as a treat, but that’s it.

Their acidic, and phosphorus content is just too much for them to handle and so giving them a lot will make them sick.

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