Pellets are considered a staple part of a Chinchillas diet. However, it’s important to note that pellets alone do not contain enough fiber for your pet’s digestive health. This is why they should be fed in conjunction with hay.
“What do I need to know about pellets, and how much should I be feeding my chinchilla?”
Chinchilla pellets come in two different varieties: timothy-based and alfalfa-based. The most important information about a pellet is that the main ingredient is some kind of hay. You can check this either by the packaging itself, or on the ingredient label which by law should be clearly displayed. The first ingredient on the label should be either timothy or alfalfa; if it’s anything else, then it’s time to shop elsewhere!
One thing that’s essential is that chinchillas should not be fed a diet high in fats. This is because they are unable to metabolize them, and it can cause major health problems, such as fatty liver disease. This can result in weight loss and, in severe cases, even prove fatal. Because of this, only pelleted food should be given to your chinchilla. Food mixes that contains additional visible items such as seeds, nuts, peas, corn or raisins are not suitable and should be avoided at all costs.