A chinchillas with good diet and husbandry can have a lifespan of over 20 years and their average lifespans are over 10 years. However, in order to maintain optimal health and enhance their lifespan, you have to know clearly about their proper diet.
We know that, new owners very easy to get confuse and have to face with many trouble about feeding chinchillas. So in this post, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions that new chinchilla owners could have when it comes to providing the best chinchilla foods.
#1 How long can Chinchilla goes without food?
Being a chinchilla owner, you have to know that they have very sensitive digestive system. And as a result, they cannot go for a long without eating food. Be aware that your chinchillas cannot go for longer 24 hour if you do not provide them any food or water.
Do not leave your pets without food for several hours, it can lead to a big issue that may get ill and even dead is possible. Due to this, you are take responsibility to feed your pets regularly and adequately. In case you are too busy and have to go for some hours, you can leave your chinchillas alone with plenty of food and this would not be a problem.
#2 What should you do if your chinchillas get digestion problem?
You should observe the normal stool of your chinchilla. Relying on that you can be able to identify the changes in your pets feces if there is any problem occur before it becomes to advanced.
If your chinchilla has diarrhea, you should only feed them with hay, no treats or other food until the feces is formed. Allow them to drink lots of water to avoid becoming dehydrated in the diarrhea process.
If the diarrhea continues or your chinchillas stop eating and drinking, took them to the vet immediately. Furthermore, if they emulate small fecal pellets, this is the sign that your pet’s food intake is reduced.
#3 Can chinchillas eat human food?
Veterinarians and other pet care specialists do not recommend to not feeding chinchillas with human food. Due to that, you should not risk your pet’s health by doing this.
Chinchillas can also eat fresh carrots, peas, and other unprocessed ingredients. But the digestive system of a chinchilla is quite different than human beings. Since human diet contain more amount of fats, protein, and sugar, while chinchillas need something rich in fiber. Thus, they can get obese and overweight if eating human food.