Can Chinchillas Eat Bread? [Follow This Advice]

Providing the best chinchilla diet possible for your new pet is a critical piece of being a new chinchilla owner and parent.

It is part of understanding how to take care of a chinchilla and ultimately will ensure your chinchilla remains happy and healthy.

Some foods are okay for chinchillas to eat, and some foods are not the best idea.

This can be foods such as common fruits and vegetables, and sometimes it is other foods that individuals are curious about.

For the sake of this post, we will be focusing on one specific food.

Can chinchillas eat bread?

After owning a chinchilla for 4 years and doing plenty of research on these topics, here is what I can tell you when it comes to feeding your chinchilla bread.

Yes, chinchillas can have bread if it is in minimal quantities and offered only if dry. Bread is safe for a chinchilla to eat, but if it is being provided in too large of quantities, it can cause stomach pain and other illness for your chinchilla. Bread should only be offered to a chinchilla as a treat, not a primary source of their diets.

Sometimes, it is also essential to understand why or why you cannot offer your chinchilla certain foods, including bread.

That is what the rest of this brief 2-minute post is designed to break down for you.

More specifically, I plan to cover the topic of chinchilla eating bread in the manner outlined below.


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Otherwise, give me those 2 minutes, and I will break down everything you need to know about offering your chinchilla bread and how to offer bread to your chinchilla in a safe and ethical manner.

Here are the essential details to understand.

Can Chinchillas Eat Bread Overview

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, chinchilla can technically have bread.

I know the frustrations that many new chinchilla owners go through when it comes to safe foods you can offer your new pet.

They have sensitive digestive systems and more foods than most think are considered a bad idea for a chinchilla.

It becomes relatively difficult to find foods that can be used as a treat if it is not just your typical packaged bag of treats you can buy online.

While chinchillas can have bread, it is crucial to keep a few other things in mind.

Treat Bread as a Treat for Your Chinchilla

Bread should be utilized as a treat only.

It should never be served in any other form except dry and tiny pieces.

Me personally, I have not used bread as a treat for my chinchilla since probably the first 18 months or so of parenting and raising my chinchilla.

Not for any reason, in particular, it just does not come to mind as one of her favorites or a food option that makes the most sense for her.

However, I can tell you with treats such as this or any other food, it is best to offer them seldomly to your chinchilla to avoid digestive issues and other health concerns.

It is always best to stick to the basics, which is what I want to touch on next.


Never Stray from the Recommended Chinchilla Diets

Being the small rodent that a chinchilla is, it is always best to make sure you meet their unique dietary needs that include protein and fiber.

This is going to be best accomplished by sticking with the best chinchilla hay and offering pellets.

Hay and pellets should make up the bulk of your chinchilla’s diet.

No other fruits, vegetables, or other food options you may have in your home.

Ultimately, this is going to ensure that your chinchilla remains happy and healthy for a long time.

When I do offer treats, I tend to lean more towards common options such as oats or treats explicitly designed for chinchilla’s that you can easily purchase online and have shipped straight to your door.

Other Tips to Implement

A tip that I give in many of my posts that discuss safe food options for chinchillas is merely paying attention to your chinchilla and how they react.

For those of us who spend enough time with our chinchilla’s, we can easily recognize if something seems off with them.

After offering your chinchilla bread and seeing them physically eat it, do not just have your chinchilla be out of sight and out of mind.

Make sure that they handle the bread fine and continue to normally eat, poop with the same frequency and continue to consume roughly the same amount of water on a given day.

Paying attention ensures that you can spot an issue quickly, and recognize if your chinchilla likes certain foods such as bread, and keeps you more prepared to handle an issue if it did, god forbid, happen to arise.

Final Thoughts

Chinchilla’s make for excellent pets.

They also have sensitive needs and sensitive stomachs, so it is essential to ensure that we are never offering foods that could be potentially harmful to them.

Make sure to always speak with your vet if you have further concerns and try to stick to hay and pellets for most of their dietary needs.

Chili and I certainly wish you the best of luck with your chinchilla’s and the new journey ahead of you.


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As always, thanks for stopping and reading, and we will see you next time.



Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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