Essentials - Chinchilla Food

Oxbow’s complete and balanced chinchilla food is formulated to meet your pet’s unique nutritional needs. We begin with hand-selected Alfalfa Hay to provide the fiber essential to optimal digestive health. We add wholesome ingredients and vital nutrients to support daily function and performance. In this bag, and beyond, we promise only the best for your pet. Sizes: 3 lb, 10 lb, 25 lb

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Premium Ingredients

  • Alfalfa Hay = Beneficial Fiber and Protein
  • Soy Products = Fiber, Balanced Protein, Healthy Fat
  • Wheat = Ideal Carbohydrate and Energy Source


Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Oil, Salt, Lignin Sulfonate, Cane Molasses, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Bentonite, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Yeast Culture, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min) 18.00%
  • Crude Fat (min) 2.50%
  • Crude Fiber (min) 18.00%, max 23.00%
  • Moisture (max) 10.00%
  • Calcium (min) 0.60%, (max) 1.10%
  • Phosphorus (min) 0.25%
  • Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D (min) 900 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 190 IU/kg

Feeding Directions

Young Animals: Feed Essentials - Chinchilla Food free-choice to chinchillas younger than one year of age. Supplement daily with a combination of free-choice grass hay and alfalfa.

Adult Animals: Chinchillas older than one year of age should be fed 1/8 - 1/4 cup Essentials - Chinchilla Food and free-choice grass hay. Alfalfa hay should only be fed as an occasional treat.

Essentials - Chinchilla Food, an alfalfa-based pellet, is specifically designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of the pet chinchilla. Chinchillas are strict herbivores and a diet high in fiber is essential to maintaining a healthy digestive system. Essentials - Chinchilla Food uses farm-fresh alfalfa hay to provide the fiber content necessary to maintain intestinal health and prevent digestive upset.

“My chinchillas LOVE all the Oxbow products! Once the pet store ran out of the Oxbow Timothy hay and I had to buy a different brand and they wouldn't eat it. My chins LOVE the pellets too. I really think it's great that you take such care in your products to make it so healthy and fresh. I LOVE my chinchillas and want them to live a very long time. It is good to know I am giving them the healthiest hay and food available.”
Michelle from New Jersey

“Our chinchillas LOVE Essentials - Chinchilla. It also has a wonderful smell. We think it's a hit!”
Sandy Sten

5.00 out of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
  1. TracyJuly 9, 2013
    It Must Be Tasty
    Rating 5 out of 5
    I adopted a chinchilla from someone about a month ago. The chinchilla had been kept on a food filled with nuts, pellets, and various assorted 'junk foods' with lots of artificial color and sugar. I was very concerned that the chinchilla might not eat Oxbow pellets after living on such a sugary diet for 2 years, but it turns out that she loves her Oxbow pellets! I had no trouble switching her cold turkey (which I normally wouldn't advise, but her old food was simply unhealthy). In the mean time she has come down to a proper weight, her stools look firmer and better developed, and I think her coat looks better, too.
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  2. PaigeSeptember 26, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    All 6 of my chinchillas devour the hay& the pellets. It's an expencive product but you get what you buy, kaytee my chins won't even touch just throw! Wish there was a bigger bag to buy in bulk for cheaper or at least a coupon Once in a while. I go threw bags so fast it's insane. All in all 5 out of 5 love this product
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