Yes, chinchillas can eat cheerios. However, cheerios contain more phosphorus than chinchillas need. That means cheerios should be given in moderation so that you don’t create a calcium-phosphorus imbalance in your chinchilla’s diet. You don’t want this because your chinchilla can develop neurological problems and brittle bones if there is an imbalance. Chinchillas need a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus. Cheerios are 1 to 1, which doesn’t allow them to have the calcium they require. Cheerios should remain a treat and not a meal food.
What are Cheerios?
Cheerios are a popular breakfast cereal made from whole grain oats, corn starch, sugar, salt, tripotassium phosphate, and vitamin E to preserve freshness. None of these ingredients is terrible for a chinchilla, but as stated above, too much is not a good thing.
So, what are the nutritional values of cheerios? They are as follows, and as you can see, calcium and phosphorus are both at 10%, giving them a one to one ratio.
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Soluble Fiber 1g
Other Carbohydrate 16g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 10%
Vitamin D 10%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folic Acid 50%
Vitamin B12 25%
Cheerios are a good source of high-quality fiber and healthy fats. They also contain a good source of calcium. However, their phosphorus is high for a chinchilla and can’t provide that 2 to 1 ratio chinchillas need in their daily diet.
So, cheerios aren’t bad for your chinchilla, but you should be sure you don’t give them too many so that their phosphorus level doesn’t go above the calcium.
Cheerios also contain sugar that isn’t great for your chinchilla, either.
As with all snacks, you should give these to your chinchilla in moderate amounts. These are treats, and treats are extra little bits that you give your chinchilla because you love them.
Should I give my Chinchilla Cheerios?
Now that we know chinchillas can have cheerios, should you give them cheerios? It is perfectly acceptable to give your chinchilla a few cheerios now and then. Special treats made just for chinchillas would be a better way to go because they formulate them for chinchilla needs. However, if you have a box of cheerios and want to treat your furry friend, there is nothing wrong with that.
Do not feed your chinchilla any flavored version of cheerios. They aren’t suitable for your chinchilla.
Chinchillas can eat cheerios. They should eat them in moderation as a treat. They don’t have the nutritional value that would make them suitable for more than a snack. They are too high in phosphorus, which can cause problems. What do you think? Do you or would you give cheerios to your chinchilla for a treat? Let us know by leaving your comment below. We’d love to hear from you.