Millet is a healthy grain.
At least for us humans.
If there is one thing we learn quickly as chinchilla owners, it is that many foods that are good for us are not good for our pets
This includes almost all fruits and vegetables.
But how is it with grains? Can chinchillas eat millet, or is it another healthy food that is actually bad for our furry little rodents?
Keep reading to find out. We will cover everything you need to know about feeding your chinchilla millet.
Can Chinchillas Eat Millet?
Yes, chinchillas can eat millet. It can make a great snack and is even something you can feed them on a regular basis. That said, you should never replace key items in your pet’s diet (meaning Timothy hay and pellets) with millet.
The reason chinchillas can eat millet, but not so many other things, lies in what this food is exactly. So that’s where we will begin. It is also important to understand that there is one problem with millet, too. We’ll also get into that and discuss how much millet you can give your pet as a result of this one issue.
What Is Millet Exactly?
Millet is a gluten-free grain that belongs to the grass family. It has lots of health benefits for humans, such as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
It’s also a healthy and nutritional food for your chinchilla to eat, since it is a grain that comes from grass. It contains a lot of fiber, along with plenty of vitamins and other nutrients for your chinchilla.
As a healthy grain, millet will keep your chinchilla’s digestive system running smoothly, and the extra fiber will help keep your pet from bloating or suffering from other gas-related issues.
How Often Can My Chinchilla Eat Millet?
Millet is a healthy food for your chinchilla and you can include it in your pet’s everyday diet. Your chinchilla still needs to get most of its daily nutrients from hay or pellets so you should not replace these with millet.
But you can feed your chinchilla a small amount of millet every day. But don’t overdo it. I would not feed your chinchilla any more than one tablespoon of millet a day.
The reason you need to be wary with millet is that it’s high in fat. If you want to keep your chinchilla in great shape, do not feed it large amounts of millet. It can be unhealthy for your chinchilla and regularly feeding your chinchilla too much fat can lead to obesity, diabetes and conditions with the heart.
How Should I Feed My Chinchilla Millet?
There is no right or wrong way to feed your chinchilla millet. You can feed a small portion to your chinchilla on its own, or mix it in with your chinchilla’s pellets or hay.
Feeding your chinchilla millet on its own makes a great snack for your pet. It is something they love to eat as a treat. Your chinchilla will be just as thankful for this treat as for something unhealthy.
And to a chinchilla, most fruits and vegetables are unhealthy. Feeding your pet millet as a treat means you don’t have to give it something that is potentially more harmful as a treat.
Another option is to include millet with your chinchilla’s daily amount of hay or pellets. Including it in your chinchilla’s main diet adds some variety to your chinchilla’s same old daily meals. Chinchillas are naturally curious animals, so yours will be sure to love the change in its food.
Can Chinchillas Eat Cereals?
Yes, cereals are another great snack for chinchillas, assuming they are made from natural grains and do not have any added sugar. Good cereal choices for chinchillas are Cheerios, Corn Flakes and shredded wheat.
Chinchillas can eat Rice Krispies, too, if they are the plain ones. But the other cereals are better. What about similar snacks like crackers? Can chinchillas have crackers? If they are plain, yes, but also only in small amounts.
Can Chinchillas Eat Seeds?
Millet is similar to seeds, but also very different. If you want to feed your chinchilla seeds, like those from a pumpkin or sunflower, make you only do so in very small amounts. You should only feed your chinchilla a few seeds no more than twice a week, since they contain high amounts of fat.
The fat content in seeds is considerably higher than the fat content of millet, which is why you should only feed seeds to your chinchilla as an occasional treat. Too many seeds may cause your chinchilla to put on a large amount of weight, which will be incredibly unhealthy for your pet.
Can Chinchillas Eat Linseed?
You can feed your chinchilla linseed. It actually has the benefit of helping keep your chinchilla’s coat soft and healthy. Of course, just like other seeds, you should only feed linseed to your chinchilla in small amounts.
Linseed is high in fat, which can have an impact on your chinchilla’s health. I would suggest feeding your chinchilla no more than a fingernail sized portion of linseed twice a week. This will ensure its coat stays in tip-top condition, but it won’t be enough to cause it to gain weight.
Can Chinchillas Have Millet: Final Thoughts
Chinchillas can eat millet. It is one of the better treat options to give your pet and is something you can even feed it daily, in addition t its regular diet of Timothy hay and pellets.
But you do still need to be careful not to feed your chinchilla too much millet. This grain is a bit high in fat. Overfeeding your pet can lead to weight gain and all of the associated health issues, many of which can quickly become fatal.