Chinchilla pellets are an important part of their diet and you’ll need a food bowl to serve it to them. The food bowl helps to keep the food clean and dry, while also minimizing mess within the cage. When shopping for chinchilla food bowls, there are a few factors you want to keep in mind. You should avoid any bowls or dishes that are plastic since they’re not safe for chinchillas to chew. The bowl should either be heavy like a crock or attach to the side of the cage to keep it in place so it doesn’t spill or accidentally get kicked around by an enthusiastic chinchilla.
One thing to remember is these dishes are meant to be used for pellets and treats, not water. Water should only be served to your chinchilla via a chinchilla safe water bottle. This is because chinchillas are very active and any water served in a bowl will quickly be tipped over, making a wet mess in the cage.
We’ve rounded up some different types of chinchilla food bowls for you to consider. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find one that works for your cage and your chinchilla.
Chinchilla Food Bowls
Stainless Steel Hanging Bowl
These bowls are advertised for cats and dogs, but they work perfectly for feeding a chinchilla. This dish is a stainless steel bowl that comes with a hanger to easily attach to the side of your chinchilla’s cage. This will keep the dish firmly in place reducing messes.
The bowl is easy to remove to clean and disinfect. It’s available in five sizes, but the 8 oz. (0.5 lb) will probably work best for 1 or 2 chinchillas.
Dimensions: 5-2/7-inch length by 4-2/7-inch width by 3-inch height
Living World Ergonomic Chinchilla Dish
These ceramic dishes from Living World are a great option for chinchillas and other small pets. They are designed to be base heavy so they’re difficult to tip over. They are also “ergonomic,” which we’re not exactly sure what that’s supposed to mean in reference to exotic pets, but it’s probably referencing that the dish has a lower height on the side, which makes it easier for your chin to access their food.
Since this dish is ceramic, that makes it completely chew-proof and easy to clean. It can be disinfected in the sink or in the dishwasher. The small size should work well for single chinchillas. Four colors are available to match any cage decor.
Available in Small and Large sizes.
Dimensions: Small: 3.5 inches long x 3.5 inches wide x 1.5 inches high. Large: 5 inches long x 5 inches wide x 2.5 inches high
Available Colors: blue, green, pink, terracotta
Fiesta Small Ramekin as Chinchilla Food Bowls
Ramekins make a great food dish substitution for the cheap plastic bowls you see in most pet stores. They’re ceramic, which makes them chew proof and also a little heavy so it’s harder for your pet chinchilla to accidentally knock the bowl over.
These Fiesta ramekins are a great option. They’re dishwasher safe, which makes them easy to wash and disinfect. Also, they’re made in America and totally lead-free so you don’t have to worry about them making your chinchilla sick. These ramekins are also very affordable so it’s easy to order more than one to add a little color variety to your chinchilla cages and also switch them out regularly for cleaning.
Dimensions: 4″ by 2″
Available Colors: black, ivory, tangerine, sunflower, turquoise, cobalt, lapis, lemongrass, paprika, peacock, plum, poppy, scarlet, shamrock
Coconut Chinchilla Food Dish
This bowl is a fun and natural option for your pet chinchilla. Handcrafted in the USA, each bowl is made from a real coconut shell mounted on organic willow driftwood (both chinchilla safe materials). These bowl are not waterproof so they should only be used for pellets and dry treats and kept away from any dripping water bottles.
Since they are made from chinchilla safe coconut and wood, they can safely be chewed on by your pet. They’re also so affordable that you can easily replace them as needed, though the manufacturer says they are long lasting for even the most aggressive chewers. Comes with bolt and washer attachments to hook to the side of a cage.
Average Dimensions: base: 4.5″ L, bowl diameter 3.5″ (holds approximately 1 cup)