Chinchilla Food

Keeping your chinchilla properly nourished means feeding a healthy diet of fresh hay and nutritionally balanced chinchilla food. Chewy offers lots of great chinchilla food for sale, including many varieties of healthy chinchilla hay, chinchilla food pellets and tasty treats for rewarding your pet. We carry all the best chinchilla food brands, so you’ll have no problem creating the perfect menu for your pet.

Chinchillas in the wild eat grasses, leaves and twigs, so the bulk of their diet should consist of grass hays like timothy or orchard grass hay. Provide a constant supply of fresh hay using a hay rack or hay feeder in the cage and make sure they have lots of water readily available, as well. Experiment with different types of hay to see which ones your chinchilla likes best, but don’t change his diet too abruptly, as chinchillas have sensitive GI tracts and fast changes can cause upsets.

Supplement a hay-based diet with a pellet food formulated specifically for chinchillas, giving no more than one or two tablespoons a day. Quality chinchilla foods will be made primarily from hay and fortified with additional nutrients, with no nuts or seeds added in as with some other small animal foods. Fresh produce, mainly leafy greens and herbs, should also be provided daily, while fruits and sweeter vegetables like corn should be fed only as occasional treats.

Serve up your well-balanced chinchilla diet using chinchilla food bowls and feeders for the pellets and veggies and hay racks for the timothy hay or orchard grass you feed. You can also try mixing extra hay into your chinchilla bedding to give your pets something to munch on as they nest. You’ll want to put some chinchilla chew toys in your chinchilla cage to help your chinchillas keep their teeth nice and trim—things like wood sticks and hay chew toys serve a double purpose as both toys and chinchilla treats. Whatever chinchilla supplies you need to keep your chinchillas happy and healthy, you can find them at Chewy. Shop our great selection of chinchilla food and start serving up some nutritious and delicious meals for your little pets!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of food do chinchillas eat?

Chinchillas eat mainly hay, so you should provide an abundant supply of it at all times. Grass hays like timothy or orchard grass work well for chinchillas, but there are other types that are appropriate for chinchillas, as well. Roughly 80-90% of your chinchilla’s diet should be hay, supplemented by plain, hay-based pellet food and some fresh produce daily. Stick to mainly leafy greens and avoid sugary fruits and veggies.

How much food do you feed a chinchilla?

Feed 1-2 tablespoons of pellets daily alongside an unlimited amount of hay. Most experts recommend measuring pellets to prevent overfeeding, as pellets can be more calorie-dense than hay. Consult with your vet about appropriate foods and feeding quantities for your chinchilla, and seek guidance about which hay and commercial pelleted foods are best.

How do I set up Autoship on my chinchilla food?

Set up Autoship on your chinchilla food order by clicking the Autoship option at checkout. You can set the frequency of your shipments here, too, and change the quantities and timing of your orders at any time. You can also cancel Autoship anytime should your needs change. Never run out of chinchilla food again with Chewy’s convenient set it and forget it Autoship service!

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