Oxbow Essentials Chinchilla Deluxe Chinchilla Food

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About This Item

  • Specially formulated to mirror a young chinchilla's natural diet. This will ensure that your pet lives a healthy lifestyle.
  • Fortified with stabilized Vitamin C, A and B12. This helps ensure that your pet's health and immunity system are in tip-top shape.
  • Includes high-fiber Alfalfa Meal that promotes healthy gastrointestinal health. Contains Higher levels of protein, calories and calcium than non-alfalfa based pellets
  • 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.

About Oxbow Essentials Food Treats

Oxbow's Flagship Line

Oxbow's Essentials line is the diet that set the bar for today's small pet nutrition. There's a unique food for a variety of small animals—chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. These uniform pellets provide the right nutrients for each species with no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Treats for Enrichment

In addition to their foods, Oxbow's healthy treats are rewarding for small animals and their owners. Simple Rewards are made with wholesome, natural ingredients like freeze-dried fruits and veggies, Timothy hay, and aromatic herbs. They're great for training, bonding or simply adding a little variety.

The Gold Standard of Small Pet Nutrition

An ideal small animal diet includes 20% fortified foods for herbivores and 75% for omnivores for essential vitamins and micronutrients. Oxbow's three fortified food lines are recommended by veterinarians worldwide because they're specially formulated to meet the unique needs of small animals—a true gold standard of nutrition.

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About Oxbow

Family-owned and operated, Oxbow is passionately committed to helping small animals lead longer, healthier lives. Grown by experts on Oxbow's family of farms, their formulas and life-staged diets have defined the way small animals are fed today. From plant to pet, Oxbow products meet the highest standards time and time again.
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Top IngredientsAlfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Wheat Middlings...Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Meal...Wheat, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa Meal...Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Ground Oats...Timothy Grass, Sunflower Meal, Canola Meal...
Food FormPelletsPelletsDried Veggies, MixPelletsPellets
Health FeatureImmune Support, Digestive HealthVitamins & MineralsDental & Breath Care, Digestive HealthVitamins & Minerals
Small Pet TypeChinchillaChinchillaChinchillaChinchillaChinchilla
Special DietHigh-Protein, High FiberHigh FiberNon-GMO

Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions

Is this suitable for chinchillas under 1
Answer by ChewyJul 10, 2018
This food is formulated for adult chinchillas that are the age of 1 year and above.

how large are the pellets? my chinchilla is having trouble holding my current food.
Answer by ChewyFeb 20, 2018
The Essentials Chinchilla pellets are 1/8-inch diameter, range 0.25 - 0.75 inch length. The Garden Select Chinchilla pellets are 5/32-inch diameter, range 0.25 - 0.75 inch length.

Does this food have any added sugar? I was told to give my degus a chinchilla diet with low sugar content.
Answer by ChewyNov 25, 2019
This food contains Cane Molasses. For a complete list of ingredients, click the “Nutritional Info” tab, next to the “Description” tab, just under the product photos.

How many servings are in the 25lbs bag?
Answer by ChewyAug 06, 2022
Serving size is going to depend on a lot of factors, such as your pet's weight and age. There is a basic recommendation on the back of the packaging but you may also need to work with your vet to decide on the most appropriate amount. This food is only good for three months after the bag is opened, less if transferred to a different container, so it is important to buy an amount that can be eaten within that time period.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Sep 16, 2022

Best food!!

My chinchillas love this food and as from all my research it is the best food you can get. The other types of food have harmful fruits and vegetables that domestic chinchillas cannot have in their diet.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By chinhelicopterdad on Jul 9, 2022

A good back up option

I generally prefer the garden selection by this brand because it doesn't have the cane molasses, has a natural and enticing smell and texture compared to this. However the garden select has been very difficult to find lately so this is my back up. Chinchillas shouldn't have sugar but since molasses is everything from the sugar cane except for the actual sugar part (sugar is extracted) then it's a grear back options.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Maddy on Nov 26, 2021

Came brown and dried out

My chinchilla normally loves this food but unfortunately when I received this bag it was dried out, very crumbly, and brown instead of the normal green color and fresh scent. She has not even touched this 10 pound bag and I had to buy a new one from a pet store so she could eat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Pool on Dec 5, 2021

The very best Chinchilla food!

Chewy has the best prices and it comes to your door! If you ever have issues they take care of you and treat you as if you are their only customer! This is how every business should treat their customers! A+++++ Chewy.com!!!!!!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Tara on Sep 8, 2021

Bag Arrived Slit Open

The bag arrived slit open along the front. You can imagine the mess. Attempted to transfer the rest of the contents to my old bag but, you can imagine that mess as well.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Aaron2883 on Oct 1, 2021

Oxbow Brands

I use only Oxbow brand foods when I can, and I like being able to get a bulk bag for so cheap.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Hyung on Apr 10, 2021

Good quality food

I recently switched over to this from garden select since hearing it's supposedly better although I dislike alfalfa being the main ingredient. However since I have a whole bag left over of the other one i've been mixing them so she has some options. I have noticed though she absolutely loves this one, she goes straight to the bowl when she knows i'm going to fill it up which she never did before.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Alee on Apr 16, 2021

My Chin Loves It

As soon as I tore open the bag, he was excited. They were fresh, sweet, and sort of a chocolately scent. He loves these pellets and it agrees with his stomach.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Naty on Feb 4, 2021

Bang for your buck

I believe that a 3 pound bag at my local pet stores are about $15. Therefore a 25 pound bag for about $35 is amazing. I have 2 chinchillas so I think that this bag will last me months if not over a year. I am beyond happy with what I have purchased especially with the free almost next day shipping on this very heavy bag.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By wolfsong on Mar 21, 2021
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Healthy food for chinchillas

My chinchillas like the pellets, and I've heard from several chinchillas parents that this is one of the best types to feed.