Can Chinchillas Eat Rabbit Pellets?[Avoid These Mistakes]

If you own a chinchilla or just recently adopted a chinchilla, you may have some questions about the best diets and foods they can consume.

Can chinchillas eat rabbit food?

After the experiences I’ve had with my own chinchilla, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, can chinchillas eat rabbit food? No, a chinchilla should not eat rabbit food. Rabbit food should be avoided for chinchillas. Rabbit food contains different ingredients that are specially formulated for rabbits as opposed to chinchillas. Chinchillas should be eating chinchilla formulated pellets as well as timothy hay.

How much different can rabbit food possibly be?

Why is feeding your chinchilla rabbit food or rabbit pellets such a big deal and something that should be avoided for your chinchilla?

Luckily, I plan to answer those common questions in today’s post.

I’ve also created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to read or learn more about.

Here’s what is on the lesson plan for today’s brief 2-min post.


As stated previously, if you are in a hurry or only need the information in one specific area of this post, feel free to skip ahead using the links provided above.

Otherwise, if you have 2-minutes to spare, grab a coffee, and look at the full and brief 2-minute post below.

It will allow you to get all the information needed to understand if rabbit food and rabbit pellets are, in fact, a good idea to ever feed your new pet chinchilla.

Here are the details you need to know.

Why Your Chinchilla Should Not Eat Rabbit Food

Here’s the thing.

Will a chinchilla eat rabbit food or rabbit pellets?

Most likely.

I’m also aware that rabbits are a more popular pet and that the common issue may be that new chinchilla parents have easier access to rabbit pellets as opposed to chinchilla pellets.

Unfortunately, the answer is still no.

Rabbit food and rabbit pellets should still be avoided and should not be fed to your chinchilla.

Chinchillas should be consuming nearly 80-90% of their diets in the form of hay.

The best chinchilla hays can include timothy hay, orchard grass, among others.

I have a full guide about the best chinchilla hay that you can see here.

Chinchilla Pellets are Designed for Chinchillas

This is about as straightforward as it gets.

Chinchilla pellets are designed for chinchillas for a specific reason.

Chinchillas, like other rodents, have a small sensitive stomach, digestive tracts and can react poorly to specific food combinations.

Too much sugar can be a disaster.

Too much of anything can turn into an issue in all honesty.

Chinchillas need a nice blend of protein, fiber and need the ability to file down their teeth to remain healthy and to avoid issues.

Treats that are made for rabbits and pellets or other food mixes for rabbits should be avoided when feeding your chinchilla.

If you can’t find the pellets needed for your chinchilla at a local store, simply order them online instead.

The same goes for Timothy hay, but in most circumstances, you won’t run into this issue of not being able to pick up the hay locally.

Nonetheless, here’s the specific pellets I feed my chinchilla (Link to Amazon)

Additionally, I use this timothy hay for my chinchilla (Link to Amazon)

The links above are the exact same options I provide my chinchilla, and I can tell you that this far into being a chinchilla parent, I’ve never experienced any issues.

These are also the recommendations that were provided to me from the breeder when I first adopted my chinchilla.

I’m not claiming that other options don’t exist, I just haven’t tried them all and can assure you that the two options above are 100% safe and my chinchilla does excellent with them.

Are Any Rabbits Foods Safe for Chinchillas?

Now, when it comes to a few other items that individuals feed their chinchillas or rabbits, you may have a few more options.

For the most part, chinchillas shouldn’t eat a vast majority of fruits, but some are okay.

The same would apply to a rabbit owner.

Chinchillas, if they do eat some fruits, it should be very minimal amounts and not on a frequent basis.

This also applies to vegetables.

Others Do’s and Don’ts with Chinchilla Diet’s

Outside of understanding that your chinchilla should not eat rabbit food or rabbit pellets, it’s essential to understand a few other basics.

In general, your chinchilla should be sticking to almost purely hay and chinchilla pellets.

Any form of treats should be minimal and not frequent.

Don’t try fruits or vegetables that you are unsure of with your chinchilla.

Don’t try any food that you are unsure of with a chinchilla.

Chinchilla can develope stomach issues very quickly and sticking to the correct diet is always imperative for a chinchilla to live long, healthy, and balanced lives.

This leads me directly into my final tips you can implement when it comes to feeding your chinchilla the right foods, treats, and misc. Items.

Other Tips and Tricks to Implement

This may be the most important tip I can provide you.

Never trust the pet store or pictures that are placed on treats, foods, and other items.

Take the time to read the nutrition labels and ingredients.

Even speak to a vet if you are unsure.

If you haven’t noticed, it’s part of the evil marketing plan that these companies use to entice more purchases.

Many treats and foods in the pet stores that are safe for some rodents, still contain images of chinchillas on the bag.

This means absolutely nothing and using these for your chinchilla could be reckless and cause issues.

Stick to the high concentration of fiber and protein and keep sugar at minimum levels.

Once again, DO NOT trust the pictures or wording on treats or other foods you see online or at the pet store.

Ensure you read and understand what you are feeding your chinchilla before doing so.


Final Thoughts

To recap, avoid rabbit pellets for your chinchilla.

Simply purchase chinchilla formulated pellets with the right ingredients.

It’s that easy and shouldn’t cause any additional budget or trouble for you.

Doing so increases your chinchilla’s health, happiness, and longevity.

It’s that easy, and I wish you luck with your upcoming adoption and new journey at becoming a chinchilla parent.

Share Your Thoughts and Concerns on This Topic

As always, I love to spark a discussion on the topics we break down on this website.

Do you feel that anything was left out of this post that chinchilla owners need to be aware of?

Do you have any other insider tips and tricks you can share with the readers?

Be sure to share your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions by dropping a comment below.

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading. We will catch you next time.

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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