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Old 08-23-2013, 10:35 PM United States
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Well, I was trolling through the other forums and I noticed a lot of chin owners strongly advise new/fellow chinchilla owners not to treat chins with dried fruit.
I researched a lot before getting my chinchilla and various sources say small amounts of the appropriate dehydrated fruits are not a problem when given sparingly. So, every once in awhile I bust out my dehydrator and dehydrate my own fruit and I have even made my own chinchilla cookies..
It cant be wrong? Right? I give her small bits and my homemade chinchilla cookies are 50% pellets. She is very active, still eats her pellets and drinks plenty of water.
I guess what I am saying is I disagree with chin owners that say dried fruit is bad. In moderation I see no problem.
(The lady I adopted my chinchilla from was feeding her 4 raisins. THREW THOSE AWAY!)
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:37 AM United States
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Most people will not feed fruit to their chins. I know I won't. My chins get pellets, hay, fresh water, wood chews, and the occasional rose hip. That's it. Fruit is loaded with sugar, natural or not, and chins do not digest sugar well. Always remember K.I.S.S. - keep it simple stupid (not an insult, just a saying). The simpler their diet, the better for them.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:16 AM Canada
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I will never give any fruit in any amount and I always stress that any fruit is not safe for chins. It is something I stress to anyone adopting from the rescue I run.

There are some that will say it is fine in moderation but I am not one of those people.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:36 PM United States
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I say no to dried fruits, fresh fruits, dried veggies, fresh veggies, nuts, seeds, yogurt drops, any dairy, or meat. Hay, pellets, homemade hay cookies (or bought from someone on this forum), and apple sticks are all my boys get. A quote I read today about this very topic "No short-term reaction does not mean there are no long-term consequences."
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:48 PM United States
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Before you make your final decision that your dried fruit is "fine" do a Google search for "horse colic" and spend a few minutes reading what comes up.

Now keep in mind that because a chinchilla's digestive system is much like a horse's, though designed to make even more efficient use of the nutrients they get from all the grass they eat in the wild, they're going to get into that same colic scenario when they're fed sugars or fats (which have more calories/gram than fibre). The pellets and hay diet mimics a low calorie, high fibre diet like they get in the highlands of Chile.

If you're concerned about trace minerals for nutrition, etc. you either need to feed a better pellet or talk to someone about adding a dried herb mix supplement a couple of times a week. But there are a number of stories in "Chin Emergencies" and "Memorials" that highlight what can go wrong when a chin is fed sugars and fats. Why shorten your pet's life from it's natural 15 year span because it's fun to feed junk food now?
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:32 AM United States
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^^^^ Well said!!! ^^^

I completely agree with all who said no fruit/sugar at all. Chinchillas die every day from bloat and stasis because their guts cannot handle it. It's very difficult to try to relieve it.
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Chinchillas get cavities just like humans, its been proven in scientific studies. If you don't believe the gut issues you can surely believe the cavity thing. Their teeth can rot just like humans then you are on the road to malo.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:57 AM United States
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There are plenty of safe treats for chinchillas. There shouldn't be a need to give them fruits or anything like that. You don't even need to give treats, as the others said. It's just something nice once in a while. Even then you need to feed sparingly. I only give them twice a week at the most!
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Before you make your final decision that your dried fruit is "fine" do a Google search for "horse colic" and spend a few minutes reading what comes up.

Now keep in mind that because a chinchilla's digestive system is much like a horse's, though designed to make even more efficient use of the nutrients they get from all the grass they eat in the wild, they're going to get into that same colic scenario when they're fed sugars or fats (which have more calories/gram than fibre). The pellets and hay diet mimics a low calorie, high fibre diet like they get in the highlands of Chile.

If you're concerned about trace minerals for nutrition, etc. you either need to feed a better pellet or talk to someone about adding a dried herb mix supplement a couple of times a week. But there are a number of stories in "Chin Emergencies" and "Memorials" that highlight what can go wrong when a chin is fed sugars and fats. Why shorten your pet's life from it's natural 15 year span because it's fun to feed junk food now?
^^ This ^^

Chins don't know that a different variety of hay or a healthy supplement (like the Ryerson's supplement) aren't "treats" in our minds. They go crazy for them.

I'd suggest investing in some varied hay types, perhaps getting a little supplement or at least some rolled oats, and giving those instead of dried fruit. Just remember, supplements or "treats" in moderation. Hay... hay is good anytime.

There's no reason to take a chance when our chins are just as happy with the above items as they are with sugary foods; and the above are so much more healthy for them!
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:07 PM
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I know I'm a few months late to the show, but when I had chinchillas the first time around, raisins were the favorite treat. I know the knowledge has changed and that raisins aren't good for chins, but when and who figured that out? Curious about the history
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