What Do Chinchillas Eat?

When it comes to your chinchilla, you have to be careful on what you are feeding. The reason behind this is if you provide him or her with the mixed nutritional supplements, he or she will choose his or her favourite pellets and leave the rest behind. Your chinchilla will end up not getting full nutrition.

What Should You Feed Then? (4 main components of a chinchillas diet)

1. CHINCHILLA COMMERCIAL FORTIFIED PELLETS

The recommended brand by most chinchilla owners and experts  is Oxbow (Oxbow Animal Health Chinchilla Deluxe Fortified Small Animal Feeds).

These pellets cater for your chinchillas’ diet eliminating choosing and thus your chinchilla gets full nutrition.

Where Do You Get This?

1. Oxbow Animal Health Essentials Deluxe Chinchilla Food, 25-Pound

2. Oxbow Animal Health Chinchilla Fortified Small Animal Feeds, 10-Pound

3. CANADA : OXBOW 1022062500 Animal Health Essentials Deluxe Chinchilla Food, 25-Pound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. QUALITY GRASS HAY

You can give give blue grass or fresh alfalfa, but they are not 100% great as they have different amounts of fat, protein, moisture and fiber. We are not saying they are bad.

Timothy Hay is recommended. It should be taken with the pellets- tip -to get it cheaper get it by the ten-pound box.

Where Do I Get This?

FarmerDavePetSupply 3 Lb Second Cut Timothy Hay, Bunny, Guinea Pig and Chinchilla Hay

3. FRESH WATER

You need to make sure your chinchilla has access to clean fresh drinking water always in a clean water bottle. Some people have had some problems with various water bottles but these have been found to have the least or no problems at all.

Living World Eco + Water Bottle

Where Do You Get This?

US #1. Living World Eco + Water Bottle, 6-Ounce

UK #2. Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 177 ml

UK #3. Living World Eco+ Water Bottle 769ml

CANADA #4. Living World Eco Plus Water Bottle, 12-Ounce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle

Where Do You Get This?

In the US, you can get it at Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. Best Water Bottle for Small Pet/Bunny/ Ferret/Hamster/ Critter. BPA Free. 11.2 Oz. Nozzle Diameter: 10mm (Blue)

In the UK: Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. Best Water Bottle for Small Pet/Bunny/Ferret/Hamster/Critter. BPA Free. 11.2 Oz. Nozzle Diameter: 10mm (Green)

In the UK: Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle (Long), Best Water Bottle for Guinea Pig/ Ferret/ Hamster/ Bunny, BPA Free, 11.2 Oz / 330 Ml Nozzle Diameter: 10mm (Blue)

In the UK:  Choco Nose H128 Patented No Drip Small Animal Water Bottle. Best Water Bottle for Small Pet/Bunny/Ferret/Hamster/Critter. BPA Free. 11.2 Oz. Nozzle Diameter: 10mm

4. TREATS

Some treats can also be given (Raisins, rolled oats, dried rose hips, dandelion leaves and hibiscus). However, DO NOT overfeed the treats. They are mostly used to reward during TRAINING. Some examples of treats you can get are:

Iki Kolohe Chinchillas Healthy Chinchilla Treats Starter Pack

Where Do I Get These Treats?

Healthy Chinchilla Treats Starter Pack

See video on how to train a Chinchilla using treats.

How To Train Your Chinchilla

 

 

 

 

 

AVOID fruits and vegetables.

 

How Often Should I Feed My Chinchillas?

  • Ensure that your chinchillas have a handful of Fresh hay available at all times.
  • Give 1 or 2 tablespoons of pellets in the morning and evening.
  • Ensure that your chinchillas have fresh water available at all times.

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