Why is Timothy Hay so good for small herbivores?
Quality Timothy Hay is essential for all small herbivores, such as degus and chinchillas, because it is high in fibre and low in sugar.
Having enough hay is important for all small herbivores because it prevents obesity and it also helps maintain a healthy gut function as well as healthy teeth. Apart from all that a coarse variety of hay, such as Timothy Hay takes time to chew and prevents boredom. It is also very tasty and palatable for our furry friends.Feeding Guide
Chinchillas Feeding Guide
Premium quality hay and grass foods should form most of your Chinchilla’s diet. They are especially good for dental health as they contain high levels of Beneficial Fibre that help to wear down teeth. The teeth of chinchillas are constantly growing and overgrown teeth can be the cause of potentially fatal problems.
Muesli-style foods can be a real problem for them. Chinchillas can become fussy eaters and will eat sweet foods as an easy way to get a glucose fix. As a result, they can pick out unhealthy elements of muesli-style foods and leave the rest. This inevitably leads to an imbalanced diet, lacking in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. A lack of the right kind of fibre can rapidly lead to illness or death.
Their diet can also be supplemented with wholesome nuggets that are naturally high in Beneficial Fibre for digestive health and have added vitamins and minerals.
Chinchillas can also be fed fresh greens to give additional fresh nutrients and to provide some variety. But be careful about what you feed them, and how much. Your chinchillas will love to eat fresh fruit and vegetables but they only need around a teaspoon every day or every other day.
Always remember to give them a plentiful supply of fresh, clean water.
Some foods should be avoided altogether and you should be careful never to overfeed – because that can cause bloat, which can kill.
GOOD – apple, blueberry, carrot, celery, grape, orange, potato, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato. The snack that chinchillas love most of all is raisins!
BAD – asparagus, peas, cabbage, corn, lettuce, broccoli, rhubarb & rhubarb leaves, spinach.