The diet you feed your chinchilla is an important aspect of keeping your pet healthy. A chinchilla’s diet predominantly consists of hay and chinchilla pellets. However, many chinchilla owners like to give their pet a treat by including other ingredients in their diet occasionally. One type of food that chinchilla owners may consider feeding their pet is fruit. If you are a chinchilla owner, you may have wondered if it is safe to feed your chinchilla apple and, if so, how often you can give your pet this fruit.
Can Chinchillas Eat Apple?
Although apples are not part of a chinchilla’s natural diet, you can give them small pieces occasionally as a treat without doing them any harm. Avoid sour apples for cooking only and give them only apples that are edible to humans.
Can Chinchillas Eat Apple Peel?
The peel should not do your chinchilla any harm in small quantities, so you can leave the peel on the apple for your chinchilla or feed it diced peelings. Like apple flesh, you should only feed your chinchilla apple peeling once or twice a week in small quantities.
Can Chinchillas Eat Apple Cores?
It is best to avoid giving your chinchilla the apple core because of the seeds. Not only is there a risk of them choking, they also contain amygdalin that produces cyanide when it is released in the body.
Nutritional Values of Apple and How it Helps Chinchillas Diet?
When considering whether a chinchilla should eat apples or not, it is important to consider the nutritional values of this fruit to decide whether it helps their diet or can do them harm. Here are the nutritional values of an apple.
- Energy- 52 kcal
- Water-85.56 g
- Protein- 0.26 g
- Carbohydrates-13.81 g (10.39 sugars)
- Dietary fiber- 2.4 g
- Fat- 0.17 g
- B vitamins- B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9,
- Other vitamins- Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K
- Minerals- Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc
The fact that apples are high in natural sugars, dietary fiber, and vitamin C is why they are a healthy snack choice of chinchillas. However, they are an acidic fruit and this is why you should not feed them too much apple.
What is the Best Way to Feed Apples to Chinchillas?
The best way to feed a chinchilla apple is to dice the fruit into small pieces and add it to their other food. Do this no more than twice a week and avoid giving them the core, which is potentially harmful.
Here’s a Video of Chinchillas Eating Apple
If you want to offer your chinchilla apples to add some variety to their diet, this is fine. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and restrict this treat to a couple of times a week.