Chinchilla is a vegetarian by nature. She eats everything that gives meager, but diverse vegetation of her homeland – the highlands of the Andes. In the conditions of home keeping, the owners are trying to choose the right products that are in the diet of the animal. In addition to pellets and hay, animals eat berries, dried vegetables and fruits, gnaw twigs and twigs of trees and shrubs. Wanting to balance the pet’s diet, the owners are wondering if the chinchillas are useful in seeds.
There is no definite answer to the question, so you need to learn more about the different types of such goodies and decide whether to enter it in the rodent’s menu.
In conditions of artificial breeding, the chinchilla depends entirely on the person, especially in nutrition. The big mistake is made by owners who reckon that animals can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy foods. The animals are guided solely by the smell and taste of the edible they offer.
Raw sunflower seeds contain a lot of fatty acid. It is useful for maintaining the fur in good condition – the main advantage of the rodent. Only give chinchillas sunflower seeds need to be raw, in very small portions – no more than 2-3 per reception. Otherwise, there is a high risk of indigestion, constipation, the development of obesity and liver problems.
Any fried seeds – food is not for chinchillas. These animals are raw foodists, in the natural environment they don’t see such food, therefore their digestive apparatus is not adapted to such food. Even if the animal eats them with pleasure, do not give in to the desire to feed them with “tasty” food, from your point of view.
Any plant food, and especially seeds, is very energy intensive. Birds and rodents do not miss the opportunity to feast on it.
Raw pumpkin seeds, squash, watermelon, melon can be included in the diet of the chinchilla, observing the measure. A pet needs only 5-7 fresh, slightly dried kernels of gourds per week. Pumpkin seeds are used as a prophylactic and therapeutic agent for helminths.
The diet of herbivores, which include chinchillas, includes fruits. One of the favorite dishes of rodents is apples. They are offered to animals in a dried or dried form, so as not to cause digestive upsets.
There is no need to clean the core of these fruits. If the animal, along with a piece of apple, eats several small bones from it, nothing bad will happen. Recent studies suggest that apple seeds contain substances that can prevent cancer. Preventively, a person is recommended to consume 4-5 seeds daily.
Chinchillas are quite a few seeds eaten with an apple. It is not necessary to stock them specially and offer animals as a separate dish.
In nature, rodents feed on herbs, while eating their seeds. So at home, they need this natural food.
In small doses, flax seed can be given to improve digestion. Plantain, along with seeds, has a good effect on the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. Lactating females will benefit from fennel seed, it promotes lactation. Any herbaceous plants recommended for inclusion in the diet of a pet can be given with seeds ripened on them.
What is impossible for chinchillas
Although the animals feed on the fruits, not all are equally beneficial to their health.
Animals can not bear fruit:
The berries of these and other stone fruit trees and shrubs can be harmful to chinchilla health. Their bones are strictly prohibited, since they contain the strongest poison – hydrocyanic acid.
Experts warn that nuts are harmful to animals. However, some manufacturers add them to chinchilla food. It is necessary to carefully read the composition of the purchased feed and not buy with the content of nuts, because the liver of the animal suffers from them.
The chinchilla digestive system is not adapted to assimilate food from a person’s table:
- Meat products;
- Bread, muffin, flour products;
- Fresh cabbage leaves;
- Eggs and mushrooms;
- Sweets and pastries;
- Milk and dairy products.
Food should be fresh every day and in sufficient quantities for a particular individual. At the same time, you do not need to pamper the animal with treats, otherwise he will begin to refuse the main meal in anticipation of the delicious.
A single violation of the animal’s diet will most likely not lead to visible health problems. Systematic feeding of spoiled or harmful products will shorten the life of the chinchilla, affect its activity, ability to reproduce, the condition of internal organs and fur.
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