How long can chinchillas go without eating?

Chinchillas are good at hiding signs of illness until they are very sick, so please contact your veterinarian right away if you have any indication that your chinchilla is not feeling well. Not eating for more than 12 hours is always an emergency! Chinchillas are herbivores, meaning they eat only plant material.

What can a chinchilla not eat?

DO NOT FEED your chinchilla with the following: asparagus, avocado, peas, cabbage, corn, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, rhubarb and rhubarb leaves. Other dangerous foods are banana, sunflower seeds and peanuts. This list is not exhaustive, and if in doubt as to whether something is safe to feed it is best to avoid.

Do chinchillas get sick easily?

Respiratory diseases are often seen in pet chinchillas. A relatively minor respiratory problem that is left untreated can rapidly progress to pneumonia, which can be fatal. Conditions such as overcrowding, poor ventilation, and high humidity may predispose to pneumonia.

Why is my Chinchilla not eating or drinking?

My chinchilla is acting very… My chinchilla is acting very lethargic and won’t eat or drink… he has a fresh cage and his food, water and hay is ALWAYS fresh. We even left his cage open in an empty room to see if he would come out for some exercise and he just went right back in!

When to know if your Chinchilla has a problem?

If a tooth problem is occurring, you will likely be able to spot the issue if your chinchilla is not eating as frequently, drooling, or showing bald patches around the mouth or eyes. Once you notice an issue with your chinchilla’s teeth taking place, be sure to consult a vet to get the situation taken care of.

How old can a chinchilla live in captivity?

Chinchillas living in their natural habitat at Andes Mountains in South America can live for 10 years, while those in captivity and given proper care can live up to 15 or even 20 years. The oldest chinchilla ever was 29 years old when he parted this world in Acton, California, USA on 18 September 2014.

How often should you syringe feed a chinchilla?

Your vet will tell you how much food you should syringe feed your chin but it will probably be about 10 to 20 ml’s twice a day or so. If your chin is eating a little on his own you should syringe feed less to encourage him to continue eating without assistance.