Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Rodents are often brought up as pets: they do not need free range, and the animals live in small cages – this is ideal for small apartments. The most common pussies are hamsters and chinchillas; mice are chosen a little less often. One thing unites them: all rodents feed on grains, vegetables, fruits and hay. The food of the animals should be balanced, that is, for example, only one oat in the diet will not be enough. For feeding pets, pet stores sell special mixtures and granules made from cereals, dried fruits and vegetables, and herbs. Introducing the 11 best food for chinchillas.
- Rating of the best food for chinchillas
- Versele-Laga Nature Chinchilla dry food, for chinchillas, 700 g
- Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla
- Vitakraft Emotion Professional Prebiotic No Grain
- Vitakraft “Pellets” chinchilla food, 1 kg
- Padovan Grand Mix Сavie
- Benelux Grain Free chinchilla
- Cliffi CICA berries SELECTION
- Happy Jungle for chinchillas, 900 g
- Dajana Country Mix, for chinchillas
- Food for chinchillas “Chika” fortified, 800
- Mountain hay “Little One”, with dandelion, 400 g
Rating of the best food for chinchillas
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price per kg.|
|Rating of the best food for chinchillas||1||Versele-Laga Nature Chinchilla dry food, for chinchillas, 700 g||RUB 570|
|2||Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla||RUB 1 153|
|3||Vitakraft Emotion Professional Prebiotic No Grain||988 RUB|
|4||Vitakraft “Pellets” chinchilla food, 1 kg||230 RUB|
|5||Padovan Grand Mix Сavie||360 RUB|
|6||Benelux Grain Free chinchilla||820 RUB|
|7||Cliffi CICA berries SELECTION||RUB 600|
|8||Happy Jungle for chinchillas, 900 g||195 RUB|
|9||Dajana Country Mix, for chinchillas||420 RUB|
|10||Food for chinchillas “Chika” fortified, 800||210 RUB|
|11||Mountain hay “Little One”, with dandelion, 400 g||465 RUB|
Versele-Laga Nature Chinchilla dry food, for chinchillas, 700 g
The Belgian food for chinchillas Versele-Laga Nature Chinchilla is a grain-free mixture with granules based on dried timothy and herbs, calendula, vegetables – peas, carrots, fruits and red peppers. The manufacturer balanced the composition with oils and algae, yucca and additional minerals. There is no sugar in the composition, because it is destructive for the health of chinchillas, and some manufacturers add it to attract the appetite of animals. The proteins in Versele-Laga Nature Chinchilla are 14.5%, and the minimum fat is 3.5%.
The food is completely balanced, the animal needs only water from additional products. The granules help to grind the teeth of the rodent. The chinchilla can independently choose the ingredients according to its own needs, but when dosing, you must ensure that all the ingredients are present in the portion. Many owners of rodents note that chinchillas eat this food better than others.
Packing weighing 700 gr. costs about 370 rubles.
- Balanced dry mix;
- Minimum fat;
- Granules dense enough to grind teeth.
- The composition sometimes includes sunflower seeds, although the composition is not declared.
Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla
This feed is one of the most popular in Russia. Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla is a premium food: it has a complex composition, selected taking into account the animal's need for proteins (16%), fats (3.4%), fiber (12%). Also among the ingredients is a vitamin-mineral complex and echinacea to maintain a strong immunity of the animal. So, Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla contains dried vegetables, grains, fruits and seeds, but the manufacturer does not indicate their name, so the ingredients may differ each time. To improve digestion, alfalfa is included in the composition, the basis is carrots, peas, cereals, the manufacturer used raisins as a source of energy, but it must be remembered that chinchillas should not abuse them, no more than 1 berry per day can be introduced into the diet. Among the components are mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) for the formation of a healthy pet flora. The food also helps to maintain healthy skin and coat shine.
Beaphar XtraVital Chinchilla is packed with nitrogen to keep grains and vegetables long-lasting, and the zip-lock is convenient for daily use. The product has practically no drawbacks, except for one – the feed is heterogeneous, small particles settle at the bottom of the package, so we recommend shaking the contents daily.
The average price for a package of 1 kg is 534 rubles.
- High protein and minimum fat;
- Convenient packaging with a zip lock;
- Supports animal immunity.
- Small particles of feed settle at the bottom of the bag, the feed must be shaken.
Vitakraft Emotion Professional Prebiotic No Grain
The following Vitakraft Emotion Professional Prebiotic No Grain food in the review does not contain grains, it is useful for inactive rodents and individuals with gluten allergies. It contains dried herbs (prepared hay), dried vegetables in small amounts – only 5%, a little inulin, yeast and minerals. There are few ingredients, but they are all necessary, they make up a harmonious composition for the development of the chinchilla's body during the period of growth and maintenance in adulthood. The manufacturer has added a vitamin complex and a probiotic that helps to support the beneficial microflora in the animal's gastrointestinal tract.
Pellet feed is the ideal solution for rodents. Each granule contains the required amount of essential substances, they do not need to be mixed, and the texture is convenient for grinding rodent teeth. Chinchilla owners note good feed acceptance, ease of feeding, but many complain about the lack of a zip-lock on the package.
The average price of a pack is 800 gr. – 900 rubles.
- Large dense granules;
- Pleasant aroma without flavor enhancers;
- Balanced composition.
- High price.
Vitakraft “Pellets” chinchilla food, 1 kg
Vitakraft “Pellets” is 20% alfalfa, cereals and minerals. The manufacturer does not disclose the composition in detail, and this can mislead the owners of chinchillas with health problems. Fortunately, the energy-mineralogical balance is presented in detail: proteins in the feed are 16%, fat is within the norm – 2.8%, fiber is also sufficient – 17%. The form of the mixture is convenient for serving granules in which there is malt and completely no sugar. Vitakraft “Pellets” chinchilla food is well accepted even by fastidious animals. In addition, during feeding, they will receive the whole range of necessary substances, and not choose pieces from the mixture, leaving individual products in the trough.
The average price of a pack of a kilogram cardboard package is about 240 rubles.
- Low price;
- Convenient granules;
- The increased content of the beam.
- Undisclosed composition.
Padovan Grand Mix Сavie
Universal food for chinchillas and guinea pigs Padovan Grand Mix Cavie is suitable for animals of any age. It is based on easily digestible, carbohydrate-rich cereals that give rodents an energy boost. In addition to them, the composition includes dried carrots, carob and apples. There is also a lot of alfalfa in the product, which has a beneficial complex effect on the state of the digestive system, skin and pet hair. The manufacturer has not forgotten the vitamin and mineral complex. Plant protein extracts supplement the protein balance, however protein, fat and carbohydrate analysis is not shown on the package. Nevertheless, some chinchilla owners prefer Padovan Grand Mix Cavie for a low price, good feed digestibility for pets.
The average price of a box is 850 gr. – 325 rubles.
- Low price;
- Convenient granules for feeding;
- Hypoallergenic formula.
- Undisclosed composition;
- There is no energy analysis on the packaging.
Benelux Grain Free chinchilla
Benelux Grain Free chinchilla next in our review is a premium food that does not contain cereals. But it contains a complex of herbs, vegetables and fruits – the composition is one of the most balanced and complete among the declared participants in the rating. It includes meadow timothy as the main component, peas, a set of prepared herbs (combined hedgehog, meadow stalk, clover and plantain, fescue, mint – 11 varieties in total), as well as carrots, apples, beets, caraway seeds, herbs. This composition is really worth giving preference to it – it is ideal in terms of bju and energy composition. However, the feed is a mixture, not granules, so when dosing it is necessary to observe the dosage and mix the components regularly. Chinchillas rarely choose the desired pieces and leave the unwanted ones in the trough, but this does not happen often.
Average packing price 650 gr. – 570 rubles.
- Natural complex composition;
- Ideal for those animals that do not eat pellets;
- A fragrant mixture without chemical additives.
- High price corresponding to the premium class.
Cliffi CICA berries SELECTION
The complex complete composition of Cliffi CICA berries SELECTION gladly accepts the majority of chinchillas who are offered this premium diet by the owners. It contains refined cereals, prepared hay and dried fruits, vitamin C-rich rose hips, a vegetable mixture and inulin, some artificial minerals, and the manufacturer also added a natural dye, which he honestly admitted in the description on the package. The food is balanced, it has the optimal content of proteins and fat, as well as a vitamin and mineral complex, which helps to maintain the immunity and tone of the animal's gastrointestinal system.
The zip-lock plastic bag makes food storage convenient and helps keep the ingredients fresh throughout the life. The form of serving is a dry mix (not granules), therefore the components should be mixed before each serving.
Average packing price 800 gr. – about 500 rubles.
- Excellent composition;
- Supporting the immunity and well-being of the animal;
- Vitamin and mineral complex in the composition.
- The dry mixture to be mixed.
Happy Jungle for chinchillas, 900 g
Happy Jungle Chinchilla Pellet & Grain Blend is a combination of Grass Pellets, a variety of grains and fruits to keep fluffy chinchillas alive. It also contains legumes and corn with high nutritional value, which help normalize and even improve metabolic processes in the rodent's body. Carob, pineapple, banana chips along with carrots and beets make up an ideal composition, balanced in terms of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
The daily dose of food for a chinchilla is on average 25-35 grams, but the manufacturer Happy Jungle recommends giving no more than 20-25 grams of the mixture, because it contains highly nutritious components. Note that with a balanced diet, it is not prohibited to add additional greens, fruits and vegetables to the feed in addition to water.
Average package price 900 gr. – about 200 rubles.
- Reduced portion in the absence of malnutrition;
- Low price;
- Natural composition.
- The need to mix the food in the package before serving.
Dajana Country Mix, for chinchillas
Another food preferred by chinchilla owners is Dajana Country Mix. It is made from dried and granulated meadow grasses, supplemented with alfalfa, corn and oats. In addition to them, the manufacturer included vegetables in the complex, but did not decipher which ones. But he pointed out echinacea, which promotes good digestion and strong immunity, locust bean gum, rich in vitamin C rose hips, pieces of rosemary and dried apple. However, the protein content is only 9%, but the fats are normal – 2.6%.
The complex does not contain sugar, helps to grind teeth and practically does not cause allergies.
Average package price 500 gr. – about 160 rubles.
- Perfectly balanced composition;
- Promotes grinding of teeth;
- Strengthens the immune system;
- Low price.
- Mix the granules and oats.
Food for chinchillas “Chika” fortified, 800
The Chica mixture is not only balanced with natural ingredients, it is enriched with vitamins and minerals that must be present in the diet of chinchillas. The basis of cereals – wheat, barley and oat flakes, corn, legumes are represented by peas and lentils, hay, flax and sunflower seeds that improve digestion are also included. An unusual component is milk powder, which increases the proportion of easily digestible protein and gives the feed a sweet taste that attracts rodents, but its main function is to enrich the intestines with beneficial microflora. Chika food is indicated for growing chinchillas and pregnant females. The amount of protein in it is standard – 10%, and more fat – at least 8%.
The manufacturer does not exclude the introduction of fresh grass into the diet of animals in the spring and summer seasons in parallel with giving feed.
Average price 800 gr. feed – about 170 rubles.
- Ideal food for small chinchillas and pregnant females;
- Lots of easily digestible vegetable proteins in the composition;
- Low price.
- The amount of fat is increased; for adults, the recommended dosage must be strictly observed.
Mountain hay “Little One”, with dandelion, 400 g
Our review is closed not by a complete feed for chinchillas, but by hay. Oddly enough, not all grass is suitable for feeding tame rodents. The “Little One” set contains only those plants that will be useful for the pet and will not cause unpleasant consequences. In addition, the grass is cleaned of impurities and dried in such a way that it retains the maximum of useful microelements and nutrients.
The varied botanical composition with dandelion has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it soothes the pet and allows the chinchilla to feel good, to the delight of the owners. The hay contains a lot of fiber for comfortable digestion and grinding of teeth, it must be in the rodent's cage. And animals build minks and nests from dried grass, satisfying their natural instincts, the grass can act as a soft bedding (that which remains uneaten).
Average price for 400 gr. – about 220 rubles.
- Specially prepared botanical complex of herbs;
- Excellent source of fiber
- Convenient packaging in a bag with a handle.
- Not defined.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.