Can Chinchillas Eat Tomatoes?

The short answer to this question is no. In general, tomatoes are too acidic for chinchilla tummies. Tomatoes contain sugar and phosphorus. Too much of these aren’t suitable for your chinchilla. Chinchillas must have a one to one ratio of calcium to phosphorus. Too much phosphorus can cause neurological problems and brittle bones.

What is a Tomato?

Tomatoes are fruit rather than a vegetable. They are in the nightshade family, which makes the plant poisonous. So, even the plant is unsuitable for your chinchilla.

Nutritional Information on Tomato

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)

Carbohydrates 3.9 g

Sugars 2.6 g

Dietary fiber 1.2 g

Fat 0.2 g

Protein 0.9 g

Vitamins

Vitamin A equiv.

beta-carotene

lutein zeaxanthin (5%) 42 μg

(4%) 449 μg

123 μg

Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg

Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.594 mg

Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg

Vitamin C (17%) 14 mg

Vitamin E (4%) 0.54 mg

Vitamin K (8%) 7.9 μg

Trace metals

Magnesium (3%) 11 mg

Manganese (5%) 0.114 mg

Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg

Potassium (5%) 237 mg

Other constituents

Water 94.5 g

Lycopene 2573 µg

Can My Chinchilla Eat Other Fruits?

Chinchillas should never have fresh or water-based fruits. These fruits can cause diarrhea or constipation and mess with their stomachs, which can make your chinchilla deathly ill. The wrong fruit or the incorrect quantity can be deadly.

There is light in that dark tunnel, though. Chinchillas can have some fruits. Pears, Green Apples,  Apricots, Raisins, Almonds, Dried Fruit, Cheerios, Carrots, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Bread, Leafy Greens, and Peas. You should feed these fruits, nuts, and the few other foods on this list as treats only. This list isn’t complete. There may be other foods your chinchilla can have. Check with your veterinarian or other knowledgeable people.

Feed small, bite-sized pieces only about 1cm by 1cm. No more than three or four times a week. Feed the foods listed above and no others unless you’ve checked with your exotic pet vet. They will be able to tell you whether or not the food is safe. Never feed fruit that has gone bad or leave the fruit. Always be present when you give the fruit. If your chinchilla isn’t interested in the fruit right away, you should remove it.  

Conclusion

Now you know that your chinchilla can’t eat tomatoes. You’ve also learned that there are some fruits and other foods you shouldn’t feed your chinchilla, and also that you can feed your chinchilla other fruits that are good for them. Fruits aren’t the best treats you can give your chinchilla, but you should be fine if you feed them sparingly.

What do you think of this article? Do you have a fruit you feed your chinchilla that wasn’t listed? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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