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Chinchillas are small, folivorous/herbivorous (plant-eating) mammals and belong to the order of the rodents. Chinchillas feed on plant foods and are able to process them optimally.
There are two incisors in the upper and lower jaws, which, like the molars, continue to grow for life. A rough fiber structure in the diet is necessary for tooth wear.
The stomach is only moderately muscled and therefore cannot independently transport the nutrient broth to the next part of the intestine. The following food portions take over that task.
Fine dietary fibers end up in the voluminous cecum, which are converted into proteins, vitamin B complex and vitamin K by special bacteria. That is why the cecum is also called the fermentation chamber. The formed cecum droppings are reabsorbed by chinchillas.
Ratio of Crude Fiber and Starch
Crude fiber: Crude fiber is very important for health. They support the digestion, the cecum and with their rough fiber structure the tooth wear.
Starch: Starch is mainly an energy supplier and must be present in the feed to a limited extent.
A shift in the ratio of raw fiber to starch can lead to long-term health damage:
Too little raw fiber leads to intestinal inertia, changes in the intestinal flora and disturbed functioning of the cecum.
Too much starch leads to eating breaks, changes in the intestinal flora, swelling, diarrhoea, fermentation, obesity.
That's why vets recommend a minimum crude fiber to starch ratio of 3:1.
How do I know how much starch my food contains?
In addition, the composition is very useful: whole grains (with starchy flour body), field beans, potatoes or peas are an indication that a higher starch content must be taken into account.
Chinchillas have a very sensitive digestive system. The food should not contain too much moisture. In addition to special chinchilla chunks, chinchillas need unlimited hay. Chinchillas eat their appendix just like rabbits. This is where they mainly get vitamin B12. In nature, the chinchilla eats dried plant parts. The diet should be low in energy and high in fiber. The chinchilla's gastrointestinal tract is weakly muscled. The chinchilla should therefore not have too long eating breaks. Hay, in particular, must be available in unlimited quantities.
Fiber: Fiber is very important for chinchillas. The teeth and molars of the chinchilla grow throughout life. It is therefore important that the teeth and molars wear out sufficiently. This is done by eating raw fibers, mainly from hay. By chewing the long fibers from the hay for a long time, the chinchilla produces saliva. This saliva contains enzymes that begin digestion. In addition to wearing down the teeth and molars, fibers are also important for digestion.
Protein: The food should not contain too much protein. The appendix must be eaten by the chinchilla again. It is rich in vitamins and protein. If the chinchilla gets too much protein through the diet, this can prevent it from eating the appendix.
Fats: Chinchillas should not get too much fat. If the food contains too much fat, this can cause the chinchilla to take eating breaks. This can lead to digestive problems. A diet that is too fatty can also cause the chinchilla to become too fat.
Calcium: The chinchilla excretes the excess calcium through the faeces, and not through the urine as is the case with many other rodents. This significantly reduces the risk of bladder and kidney stones. An excess of calcium is therefore not directly dangerous. A deficiency of calcium is harmful to teeth and skeleton. Growing young animals and pregnant animals require a calcium content of 0.9%. For adult animals a level of 0.6% is sufficient. The Calcium:Phosphorus ratio should be between 1.5:1 and 2:1.