Can Chinchillas Have Raisins?
Raisins have been one of human’s favorite snacks since 2000 years ago, way before chocolate bar and potato chips were invented. But do you know whether raisins can be enjoyed by your pet chinchilla, the same way that you nibble them?
Wouldn’t that be a great bonding time for both of you if you can share a common treat together? Well, in today’s topic you will see that feeding dried raisins frequently may not be the best idea if you want to protect your chin’s lifespan.
How are raisins made?
Raisins are made from grapes. Many people think that raisins are made by drying buckets of freshly plucked grapes under the hot sun or oven. But that couldn’t be further away from the truth.
When grapes ripen on their grape vines, farmers will cut the canes. The fruits continue to hang on the vines for the next 2 months, until they are dried out naturally to become raisins.
These dried grapes are then harvested using farming tools, before going through rounds and rounds of filtration. This is to get rid of impurities like dirt, stems, leaves, etc. Finally the end product will be packaged and sold at your nearest convenient stores.
First thing first, chinchillas’ primary food is hay, specifically timothy hay. They do eat little things like raisins and fruits as treats. But treats are never good in abundance. This is because their digestive systems are not really designed to digest food other than hay and hay pellets.
Secondly, raisins contain high amount of sugar, acidic content and phosphorus which are not too good for chinchillas. I personally do not feed raisins to my Bayer and Nanako. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t, just that you need to think twice.
This is why it is always important to make sure your chinchilla strikes a balance between eat, sleep and exercise. Hence, installing a big chinchilla wheel in the cage is a good way to ensure this.
No scientific proof
Although I avoid letting my chinchillas eat raisins, I couldn’t find any related scientific studies on this. So I cannot say that raisins are a 100% no-no.
If you are a chinchilla lover, and is interested to find out about this, we don’t mind to co-sponsor a research study on the relationship between chinchillas and raisins.
What about other animals?
Though we can find any studies about raisins on chinchillas, we do come to know that some other animals cannot eat raisins.
For example, raisins are toxic and can cause death if fed to a dog, even in small amount. Other animals that should avoid grapes and raisins include cats and ferrets.
Still, avoid eating too many
Any food when consumed in large amount is bad for health. So the advice here is to avoid raisins if possible. Even if you cannot avoid, then keep it at a maximum of one raisin a day for your chinchilla. In fact I know of some people in my community who feed one raisin each day to their chinchillas.
So I guess one per day is okay, maybe? But that is only for adult chinchilla. Do not feed raisins to a baby chinchilla.
Maintain an overall healthy lifestyle
Another factor that can affect your chinchilla’s health and life span is her overall lifestyle.
If she is happy and healthy and active during her daily playtime, she can probably work that extra fat off easily.
But if your little pet only eats and sleeps in her chinchilla cage every day, then even one raisin is too much!