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The nutrition of the chinchilla as a companion animal--basic data, influences and dependences.
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PMID:  14511138     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This contribution is meant to obtain basic data for feeding chinchillas (ingestion behaviour, feed and water intake) kept as companion animals. The chinchillas ingested more than 70% of their total feed intake during the dark phase (highest level of activity between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am). Daily amounts of feed intake varied between 2.5 (fresh grass) or 2.6 (hay) and 5.5 (pelleted complete diet) g of dry matter per 100 g of body weight. An offered mixed feed based on native components led to a selection of individual ingredients (high palatability: carob, beet pulp, sunflower seeds). The chinchillas' daily water intake varied between 30 (mixed feed in briquette form) and 40 ml (alfalfa cubes) and amounted on average between 1.5 and 3 ml/g of dry matter. Compared with rabbits or guinea-pigs, the chinchillas generally showed noticeable differences (rhythm of feed intake, palatability of individual ingredients, capacity for digestion, etc.) which must be considered in order to optimize the nutrition of this species.
P Wolf; A Schröder; A Wenger; J Kamphues
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0931-2439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-26     Completed Date:  2004-01-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101126979     Medline TA:  J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Animal Nutrition, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed / standards*
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Animals, Domestic
Chinchilla / metabolism,  physiology*
Circadian Rhythm
Cross-Over Studies
Diet / veterinary*
Food Preferences
Guinea Pigs
Random Allocation
Species Specificity

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