- Jan 16, 2021
im looking to switch away from Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Chinchilla Food because I heard it was no good is this true? also what is an inexpensive better food for my chinchilla?
is this food affordable I know with dogfood the best is super expensiveYeah, that doesn't sound like a great chin food. Most pet food made by that brand is pretty awful.
Oxbow Essentials and Mazuri are considered the best pellets. If you go with Oxbow, just make sure you get their "Essentials" chinchilla food. They make a couple other types of chin food that has bad ingredients in it, so just make sure you're getting the Essentials formula and not the Garden Select or anything else.
I had my chin on crap pellets for the first few days I had her. Once I did some research and realised I wasn't giving her good food, I slowly switched her over to Oxbow Essentials, which she loves.
Here it is on Amazon, so you can see the prices for different-sized bags: https://www.amazon.com/Oxbow-Essentials-Chinchilla-3lb-Pack/dp/B01LZWNBU6/ref=sxts_rp_s1_0?crid=2PKDIHUENBR8A&cv_ct_cx=oxbow+essentials+chinchilla+food&keywords=oxbow+essentials+chinchilla+food&pd_rd_i=B01LZWNBU6&pd_rd_r=147d3ff2-f464-420a-8248-4b10e4814d3a&pd_rd_w=4lfTG&pd_rd_wg=O3yo4&pf_rd_p=812617d5-aa62-4dbd-9cd5-703ea1bd0c5e&pf_rd_r=VQ7GQED6Z723FJ0PVJ2Z&psc=1&qid=1638035587&sprefix=oxbow+essentials,aps,222&sr=1-1-cb9ed203-36f2-497c-b389-dfec57adb781is this food affordable I know with dogfood the best is super expensive
The garden select oxbow is not good, it is only pellets, but the pellets contain things like peas and tomatoes which can cause gut issues. It's also a timothy based pellet, ideally you want an alfalfa based pellet since even adult chins still need some alfalfa in their diet, either as pellets or as hay, but not too much. Alfalfa is higher in calcium, protein, and fat then grass hay like timothy, so they do need it, but if given too much it can lead to issues like urinary tract stones in some chins as well as obesity.