I love buying stuff for my chinchilla!
I buy tons of stuff she doesn’t really need, but as long as she enjoys it, right?
But there are some things every chinchilla needs.
And a food bowl is definitely one.
The best chinchilla food bowls need to sturdy and safe.
And inexpensive, too. There’s no need to pay a lot. Even good ones are cheap.
Keep reading for a rundown of the top food bowls for chinchillas, with brief reviews of each. I’ll also have a short buying guide at the end, to help you ensure you get the right bow for you and your pet.
Best Chinchilla Food Bowls Compared
If you just needed a quick list of options, feel free to use the table above to navigate to each food bowl I recommended.
If, however, you want more information and the answers to some frequently asked questions, please keep reading. It will be worth the 2 or 3 minutes it takes.
3 Best Food Bowls For Chinchillas Reviewed
Alright, let’s quickly dive into the short details you need to know about each of the 3 food bowls I’ve recommended.
#1: Pinvnby Stainless Steel Mountable Food Bowl
I love this food bowl for chinchillas for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, it attaches to the cage with ease. Since it’s not sitting on the floor, debris will not get into their food pellets nearly as easily.
It also prevents them from knocking over their food.
Lastly, the construction is solid and not made of plastic, so I’m 100% confident it’s safe.
Overall, it’s a great value for money, which is the primary reason it is my #1 recommended option.
#2: Rubyhome Feeder Bowl
This food bowl is fantastic for a few reasons. I love that it’s customizable and comes offered in 5 different colors.
I also like how easily it can attach to various cages with different sidebar constructions. It’s a simple plastic clip that turns to attach this food bowl.
This also eliminates any chances of the food bowl getting knocked over. Overall, it’s a great option that allows for more customizations.
#3: Ethical Stoneware Animal Dish
This comes in ranked #3 on the best chinchilla food bowl list for me.
This is the only option I recommend as a free-standing or non-attached food bowl option, and I currently own one of these and think it does a great job.
It’s the cheapest option on my list, and it’s heavy and solid enough to prevent being tipped over easily.
It’s also a solid design and doesn’t contain any plastic making it safe for your chinchilla. But in general, bowls that attach to the cage are better.
Chinchilla Food Bowl Buying Guide
In this short buying guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know when buying a food bowl for your chinchilla.
How Much Do Chinchilla Food Bowls Cost?
Chinchilla food bowls are one of the cheapest accessories you’ll have to purchase for your new chinchilla.
On average, a chinchilla food bowl will range from $7.00 to $15.00, depending on the material and whether it has the ability to attach to the cage.
For the small amount of the budget, I personally recommend trying one of each and allowing your chinchilla to try both methods so you can find out which works better for your new pet.
For example, I would prefer one of the metal bowls that attach to the cage, but my chinchilla prefers the freestanding ceramic one. So that’s the one I’m using.
If you have the correctly formulated pellets in a food bowl that attaches to the cage and also a free-standing food-bowl, it’s likely that within a week or so, you will find out which one your new furry friend prefers.
Hanging Food Bowls Vs Flat Resting Bowls
If you’re newer to owning a chinchilla or adopting your first, you may be curious why you need to consider a food bowl that attaches in the first place.
The problem with flat resting bowls is chinchillas tend to find a way to knock them over or even poop inside of them, which can contaminate their food.
I have one of each of the options discussed above in my recommendations, and the hanging food bowls stay cleaner, and you don’t have to worry about the pellets being knocked over.
Overall, that’s a luxury I’m willing to pay a few extra dollars for.
However, don’t be too alarmed.
If you prefer my third recommendation on my list, I’ve been using it for several months (my chin prefers this one, so that’s what she gets), and it’s heavy enough to where your chinchilla won’t knock it over.
Avoid Plastic Food Bowls
Another consideration that you need to keep in mind is the material. Stainless steel and ceramic are both good. But you should avoid plastic food bowls, if at all possible.
Chinchillas are known to chew plastic, and plastic can be harmful if ingested. Stick with bowls that are made of stainless steel or any type of ceramic.
Be Sure To Keep Food Bowls Clean
This is often missed by new chinchilla owners and an important step to remember.
When you are completing your regular cage cleanings for your chinchilla, you need to ensure that you are cleaning the food bowls as well.
You can discard all the old food or pellets inside of the bowl and give the food bowl a good rinse with hot water and a quick wipe down.
This helps ensure that bacteria and other contaminants don’t grow or build up in your chin’s food bowl. Be sure to do the same for the water bottle during cage cleanings as well.
Overall, it will ensure your chinchilla remains healthy and happy.
Providing The Best Food Possible
The last tip of the day I have for you is to ensure you are always providing the best food possible for your chinchilla.
Your chinchilla should be eating timothy hay and pellets formulated for chinchillas.
If you are unsure about which pellets and hay would be best, I’ve put together a few posts that will help you.
You can view my post about the best timothy hay for chinchillas here.
You can read more about the proper pellets here.
Best Food Bowls For Chinchillas: Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, a food bowl is a small consideration in the grand scheme of the accessories needed when you first adopt a chinchilla.
That doesn’t make it any less important.
Chinchillas make for fantastic pets, and it’s imperative we provide the best care and items that they need.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla.
Share your thoughts.
Have you bought a food bowl for your chinchilla? Which one did you get? How does your chin like it?
Do you have any further advice for the readers that you can share?
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As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and will catch you next time.