Today everyone can grow chinchillas at home. These cute little gray animals are actually very friendly, welcoming and beautiful. Children are especially enthusiastic about chinchillas, because pets quickly get used to the new habitat and become tame. These rodents are known for their unusually soft and thick silver-gray fur.
If you became the owner of this cute pet, then you definitely need to find out how many times a day and what kind of food you can feed the animal. Chinchillas themselves do not require much care and a lot of your time. The main thing is to ensure that they have the necessary conditions for survival in a particular room, always fresh water and food. Animals need a spacious cage, it is best to put it in the darkened corner of the apartment, where it is always cool.
Once you have bought a chinchilla, ask the seller to provide it with food for the first time. It will be very correct not to sharply transfer the animal to another feed. It may be that a change in diet will adversely affect the health of the pet, and sometimes it can end in the death of the baby.
In addition to food, chinchillas eat a lot of different foods. It could be:
There is no particular treat that all rodents of this genus adore. What your chinchilla is delighted with may not please a neighbor’s pet at all. Therefore, as this lump of happiness has been living with you for a long time, you will be able to independently determine what the animal likes to eat the most, and that he swallows it with great difficulty.
In any case, the food should be clean, washed, without additives and impurities! Pay attention to the expiration dates of dry food, a spoiled product can adversely affect the health of a pet.
Remember that indigestion can be caused by a change of diet. If you used to feed hay chinchilla, then you should not immediately transfer it to fresh herbs.
In order for the animal to constantly feel healthy, full of energy, lead an active lifestyle, you must ensure that all the necessary elements, vitamins and minerals are included in the daily diet. For example, cellulose, plant fiber, as well as various dietary fiber. In addition to concentrated grain feeds, be sure to have Pancake week seeds in the house. The process of feeding the animal itself deserves your attention, because if you give the wrong food, then the chinchilla begins to hurt and weaken. You need to know the different nuances of food in advance, so that when the pet settles in your house, you already know all the features of its existence.
Chinchillas themselves do not sort out food. In the natural habitat, these animals are completely herbivorous. They eat any part of the plant. And at home, they can get used to the finished dry food without any problems. But it will be great if you have the opportunity to feed the little animal with greens from your garden.
The most popular and useful for these rodents are cereal feed (oats and corn). Oats are not at all capable of harming, but only contributing to the fruitful work of the digestive system. Corn should be introduced into the diet carefully, crumble into small pieces, soaked before serving in water, because it is already quite solid food. It’s best to simply incorporate it into various mixtures.
Surely, you have heard and met British chinchilla or Persian. These are beautiful breeds of animals that are often kept at home. But feeding these chinchillas should also be approached very responsibly. Try not to give both dry and natural food, this is a big injury to the digestive tract. Cats of these breeds boast a thick, soft and very beautiful coat. But the color may vary depending on the feed used. For animals, you need to buy ready-made feeds only premium and super premium.
What can and cannot feed chinchilla? (Grocery list)
On average, an adult chinchilla lacks 25-30 g of combined feed per day. And there should always be a lot of hay. But it is recommended to always take into account the individual characteristics of your pet.
It is best to fill the feeder with a certain amount of food once a day, and the animal will distribute what and when to eat it. Fill the feeder in the late afternoon, if the feed disappears in the morning, then think about a small feeding.
You must know exactly what these animals cannot be fed. Because their health, the condition of the coat and the duration of their existence depend on nutrition.
So, what can chinchillas be given without fear? First of all, these are succulent feeds (fruits, vegetables, greens, tree branches):
- Lettuce leaves;
- Dried fruits;
- Clover, tops of carrots, dandelion.
Everything should be finely chopped and clean! If you cut branches or collect grass, then do it far from the tracks, factories, roads. Wash and dry the plants thoroughly.
Do not indulge in chinchillas with goodies too often. Several times a week, one treat, then another.
We attribute hay to dry and coarse fodder; it is an obligatory component of nutrition. Hay is rich in various useful microelements, helps to overdo food and contributes to its good absorption by the body. If possible, use hay from herbs.
You are mistaken if you think that the animal can eat any herbs. Not at all, there is a certain list of prohibited foods that are poisonous and can kill your pet. Remember the forbidden names: fern, chinto, horsetail, cornflower, dope.
Cereals are also very useful and nutritious (wheat, oats, barley, corn), but forever refuse to purchase rye.
If you want the pet to always feel good and live happily ever after, then under no circumstances give him the following products:
- Food from the human table (salted, fried);
- Roasted nuts and seeds;
- Sweet buns, bread, pastries;
- Potatoes, cabbage, eggs;
- Products that have expired;
- Milk and dairy products.
Watch your chinchilla, pay attention if she loves junk food, animals do not think about what is good for them and what is not. To do this, they have owners.
Now let’s talk about how to feed chinchillas after childbirth. During this period, the animal is weakened, tired, exhausted. During pregnancy, also immediately after birth, rodents may need plenty of clean drinking water. Therefore, always make sure that the drinker is full. The baby chinchilla needs to be fed exactly the same as during pregnancy. You can buy ready-made vitamin supplements, the diet should always have enough hay, protein, calcium, sprouted grains, a few apples.
Chinchilla cubs sometimes have to be fed from a syringe. In general, babies are born already with sharp teeth, but they require mother’s milk already in the first hours of life. It happens that the female milk appears only after a few days, or it is not enough. Note that babies are malnourished by their behavior. They will constantly attack their mother, thereby causing her irritation and aggression.
If necessary, newborn chinchillas can be fed with milk powder, which is bred in special proportions (read on the packaging). Often use baby food "Agusha" from the first days of life. Give top dressing every two to three hours. It is convenient for babies to drink with a pipette, half a pipette at one meal. Give a couple of drops of Espumisan to top dressing, because the digestive system of chinchillas is very delicate, and the drops will prevent indigestion. After about two months, chinchillas can already be gradually transferred to a full-fledged adult diet.
Let your pets always be full, healthy, happy with life, and will certainly delight you with their presence.
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