Do Chinchillas Need Vitamins? [No, and Here is Why]

When attempting to provide the best diet possible for your new chinchilla, you may often wonder if you need to supplement or give anything additional to keep your chinchilla at peak health.

It’s a reasonable question and goes to show that you are trying to provide the best care possible to your new chinchilla.

Hat’s off to you, and it sounds like you are already off on the right path for a long, happy, and healthy bond with your new family pet.

These kinds of questions can also become very specific from new chinchilla owners at times and deserve a quick explanation.

A question that I’ve seen pop up a lot recently involves the matter of providing vitamins and supplements to your chinchillas.

Do chinchillas need vitamins?

After owning a chinchilla for 4 + years, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

No, chinchillas do not need vitamins, and chinchillas do not need supplements. Chinchillas need diets that consist primarily of hay, fiber and chinchilla formulated pellets. The only time vitamins or supplements may be recommended for a chinchilla is due to pregnancy, illness or calcium deficiencies.

I’m sure some of you have likely read differently or may believe that you need to supplement your chinchillas in different ways, but for the most part, you don’t.

That’s what the rest of this post is designed to break down for you.

If you are in a hurry or need to skip around, I’ve created an accessible table of contents directly below that will allow you to jump to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.


Here is what is on the lesson plan for today:

As stated, a moment ago, if you need to skip to any specific section of this post, feel free to do so using the links directly above.

Otherwise, stick around for 2 minutes or so, and I’ll break down what you need to know when it comes to supplementing and providing vitamins to your chinchillas.

Do Chinchillas Need Vitamins or Supplements?

Let’s recap the first answer provided above.

In some situations, it may be advised that a chinchilla could use a multi-vitamin or supplements, so the statement above isn’t necessarily a blanket statement.

It’s more of the common and most likely situation you will encounter as a chinchilla owner.

In most cases, if time does present itself that you would need to use supplements or vitamins for your chinchilla, it would be for one of the following 3 reasons:

  • Female Chinchillas in Pregnancy
  • Chinchillas with Illnesses
  • Calcium and Other Potential Deficiencies

Outside of these three reasons, it’s unlikely that it would ever be needed to provide supplements or any vitamin for your new pet chinchilla.

Here is why.

Why Your Chinchilla Doesn’t Need Supplementation

Chinchillas typically don’t need any vitamins or supplementation for basic and easy to explain reasons.

Chinchillas get what they need from their recommended diets.

This includes ensuring that your chinchilla has a well-balanced diet of hay, which is typically timothy hay in addition to plenty of pellets, hay cubes, and safe items to chew.

These items naturally allow your chinchilla to intake the nutrients they need while safely filing down their teeth.

If you are diligent about ensuring that your chinchilla gets these nutrients, you will be great shape towards raising a chinchilla that’s happy and healthy without the need to add any supplements or vitamins to their diets.

Plain and simple.

Keep Un-Needed Treats at Minimums

A last small piece of advice I have for you is to ensure that you not only provide the best diet possible but also ensure that you don’t introduce or offer too many treats that can cause other issues with your chinchilla.

If you need to understand this better, read my post about which fruits you can offer your chinchilla here.

You can also view my table breakdown and recommendations about which vegetables your chinchilla can have here.

Ensuring that you don’t offer dangerous items to your chinchilla while providing what they truly need is the best way to ensure that your chinchilla remains at peak health.

Final Thoughts

While your chinchilla may need supplements or vitamins from time to time, it’s not very likely.

Stick to the recommended diets and guidelines for your chinchilla, and I can assure you that your chinchilla will live long, healthy lives.

Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla.

Share Your Thoughts

Have you ever had to use supplements for your chinchilla?

What caused the need to supplement and provide vitamins to your chinchilla?

Share your thoughts, stories, and concerns on this topic with the readers by dropping a comment below.

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

Thanks again, 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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