Best Treats To Get Your Chinchilla Before You Own One
There are a wide variety of options when it comes to treats for a chinchilla, we have narrowed it down the the best and most popular you should have on hand before you own a chinchilla.
Please note; fruits, nuts, seeds and veggies are unsafe in any, way, shape or form.
We asked our community of chinchilla and animal lovers online this question asking for advice,
"What are the best treats to get a chinchilla before getting one?"
What Treats Are Suggested
While it can be nice to treat our pets, something important to understand is that it's mostly for us. Of course our pets enjoy the bits of delicious goodness, but we derive joy from what we perceive as making our pets happy. It's our jobs as caretakers to know when enough is enough. Moderation is a VERY important thing.
According to our online community of chinchilla owners, the most popular and healthy treats for chinchillas are Timothy Hay, Rosehips, Plain Cheerios, dried calendula, and goji berries.
For a full break down on Chinchilla foods check out our blog post about Chinchilla Food
Safe and Unsafe Tree Treats To Feed A Chinchilla
Pears are a great treat for chinchillas.
Almonds and other nuts are not good for chinchillas.
Silver and common birch make great wood chews for chinchillas!
Safe Wood to Use
- Apple (particularly good as chew toys)
- Aspen (shavings good for bedding too)
- Pine (kiln dried is good, air dried isn't)
Not Safe to Use
- Fresh pine branches
- Cherry Mahogany
- Oak (based on it being unsafe for horses)
Not Sure if Safe
- Birch (white, grey, broadleaf, silver, and common birch might be OK)
- Ash (seeds produce hydrogen cyanide so why risk it?)
- Juniper (in small amounts might be OK)
- Avocado (we know actual avocados are bad for Chinchillas, but we don't know if the tree is ok for a chin to eat)