Oxbow Essentials Chinchilla Deluxe Chinchilla Food

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  • 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.

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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...Lucerne Meal (Alfalfa), Soya Hulls, Wheat...Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings...Wheat, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa Meal...Timothy Grass, Sunflower Meal, Canola Meal...
Food FormPelletsDry Food, PelletsPelletsMix, Dried VeggiesPellets
Health FeatureDigestive Health, Immune SupportDental & Breath Care, Digestive Health, Skin & Coat Health...Digestive HealthVitamins & Minerals
Special DietHigh-Protein, High FiberHigh Fiber, Low FatHigh FiberNon-GMO
Small Pet TypeChinchillaChinchillaChinchillaChinchillaChinchilla

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 3 out of 5 stars
By Brandon on Oct 30, 2023

Bought recently only because no other choice

My husband & I love Oxbow for the most part for our pet chinchilla except we realized this was the ONLY choice by them for chinchilla pellets. It's primarily Alfalfa Hay which shouldn't be given to a adult chinchilla besides sometimes, not everyday. PLEASE make Garden Select easier to purchase with 25lb bag too! It's healthier for adult chins.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By dalal on Sep 15, 2023

Main Ingredient is ALFALFA HAY

These are pellets you will feed your chinchilla daily and the number one main ingredient is alfalfa hay. Alfalfa is high in protein and should ONLY be given to chinchillas as treats. Their garden select pellets use main ingredient as timothy, which is ideal.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Abigail on Nov 27, 2023

Great diet

My chinchillas are doing great on this food. I have been feeding it for a few years now and they still love it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Megan on May 29, 2023

Oxbow pellets review

I've only fed my chinchillas oxbow hay/pellets and they are doing so well! Zyra is 10 and Baxter is 4 years old.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JLMW on Mar 17, 2023

Best chinchilla food!

This is the only chinchilla food I buy and my chinchilla loves it. I always get the big bag from chewy because it's far more affordable than the smaller bags at the pet store. I put it in an airtight container and it lasts for months.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kayla on Jan 1, 2023

Best chin food

This is one of the only pellets chins should have. It's the best one out there and my boys love it!

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 1 out of 5 stars
By zzzz on Jan 5, 2023

Poor packing

Bag is opened when it arrives and pellets are all over the place

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 5 out of 5 stars
By Noel on Nov 2, 2022

we love this food round here

My chinchillas get so happy every time I give them this food