The chinchilla is a 100% herbivore. Chinchillas survive in the wild on a very meagre diet, eating mainly dry grasses, herbs and shrubs. The digestive system tolerates little sugar, no fat or moist constituents.
An important part of the daily diet is fresh, dry hay. In addition to its high fibre content, this hay also has an important function in relation to wearing down the molars and reducing the risk of dental problems. Always provide enough hay to cover at least 60% of the food requirement. This can be combined with Deli Nature food to ensure that your chinchillas are kept in top condition.
Just like other rodents, the chinchilla occasionally eats its own faeces (coprophagia). During digestion in the intestinal tract, vitamin B12 is produced. They ingest this vitamin by eating their own faeces.