Little Chintas Pellets

chintas-pelletsToday I thought I’d do a review on Little Chintas because I think that they are simply the best. This, my friends, is the brand of pellets that I buy for my guinea pigs! Set aside from the main brands, Little Chintas is not actually a company: as you cannot buy it in the pet shop or the supermarket and it is run by one person. Rebekah is a lovely lady who makes quality accessories for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, mice and rats. Besides pellets, she makes wooden hidey houses (check out her castle!!!), tunnels, hammocks, cuddle sacks, safe and chew able toys and she even makes tasty treat mixes!!! Unfortunately for many people, this is in New Zealand, so people overseas will not be able to get them.

Anyway, back to the pellets review! When I was researching to find the best brand of pellets for my guinea pigs, I contacted Rebekah to ask her about them. She runs a Chinchilla rescue, so it was uncertain whether her pellets would be suitable for guinea pigs. The response I received was very positive. Having wanted to design the perfect recipe for her own Chinchillas, she started selling them and soon received requests for pellets for others too- guinea pigs and rabbits.  Unfortunately she doesn’t make pellets for rats and mice yet! After doing tons of research about the nutritional needs of guinea pigs, she came up with recipes that were tried and tested by the guinea pig rescue in Auckland.

What she came up with were five formulas-

Lifestages pet formula- which is for guinea pigs 1 year to 4 years old.

Lifestages growth formula- for pups and breast feeding guinea pigs up to 1 year of age.

Lifestages maturity formula- only for pregnant sows up to the birth.

Lifestages show/mature formula- for senior guinea pigs five years old who have trouble keeping on weight and require a diet for healthy skin.

Extra care hand feeding formula- this is a powder to be mixed up in water for sick pigs that can’t or won’t eat. Remember that every household should have some syringes or eye droppers tucked away on case of emergencies.

There are also one other with extra protein and some tidbit bags for immune support, liver support and seizure support!!!

This is all excellent and we haven’t even looked at the ingredients and the analysis yet! The amount of time and research that has gone into this is simply astounding 🙂

Lifestages pet formula

Ingredients

  • Grass Meal
  • Lucerne Meal
  • Linseed Flakes
  • Rosehip
  • Nettle
  • Dandelion
  • Vitamin C

little-chintas-pelletsAlarm bells are ringing here when we see that lucerne is on the list! However, I did ask Rebekah about this, and she said that because she couldn’t source other forms of calcium in New Zealand, she needed to get it from something readily available and lucerne (or alfalfa) was the best option. Hence the reason why there is only a teeny tiny bit of this in her recipes to provide some form of calcium. I am happy to go with this!

Otherwise, we have a very healthy and interesting list of ingredients here! Nothing like some of the things that I have seen on the backs of packets in the supermarket.

Analysis

  • Fiber 30+%
  • Protein 14%
  • Fat 2.5%
  • Calcium 0.61%
  • Phosphorous 0.24%
  • Vitamin C 700mg

What a wonderful amount of vitamin c! Rebekah trailed the feed ratios excessively to find out what was best for the guinea pigs, top stars for this!

You may be interested to see where this all started: The Guinea Pig Forum! I was impressed with all the information that was given and sorry that others disagreed, but you can see for yourself here.




Lifestages growth formula

Ingredients

  • Lucerne Meal
  • Grass Meal
  • Linseed Flake
  • Rosehip
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Fenugreek
  • Vitamin C

Analysis

  • Fibre 30+%
  • Protein 18%
  • Fat 3.5%
  • Calcium 0.78%
  • Phosphorous 0.29%
  • Vitamin C 700mg

Lifestages maturity formula

Ingredients

  • Lucerne Meal
  • Grass Meal
  • Linseed Flake
  • Rosehip
  • Parsley
  • Chamomile
  • VitaminC

Analysis

  • Fibre 30+%
  • Protein 19%
  • Fat 3%
  • Calcium 0.98%
  • Phosphorous 0.28%
  • Vitamin C 1050mg

Lifestages show/mature formula

Ingredients

  • Grass Meal
  • Lucerne Meal
  • Linseed Flake
  • Rosehip
  • Chamomile
  • Nettle
  • VitaminC

Analysis

  • Fibre 30+%
  • Protein 16%
  • Fat 2.5%
  • Calcium 0.79%
  • Phosphorous 0.26%
  • Vitamin C 700mg

Extra care hand feeding formula

Ingredients

  • Grass Meal
  • Lucerne Meal
  • Linseed Meal
  • Rosehip
  • Hawthorn
  • Chamomile
  • Nettle
  • Dandelion
  • Hibiscus
  • Oat Straw
  • Vitamin C

Analysis

  • Fibre 30+%
  • Protein 16%
  • Fat 3%

 guinea-pig-pelletsOverall I’d have to say that this is fantastic! It has none of the “evil” ingredients listed in the pellets dictionary and I’d recommended this to all New Zealanders with guinea pigs. Furthermore they cover the entire range of the different life stages of guinea pigs including, babies, young ones, old ones, sick ones, pregnant ones and breastfeeding ones! What other top market brand can say that!

I give this a massive five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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4 thoughts on “Little Chintas Pellets

  • November 30, 2016 at 12:10 am
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    Guinea pigs can have seizures? What kind of illness can bring that about?
    Is it always a vitamin deficiency?

    Perhaps Rebecca can start selling her pellets on Amazon or Ebay so that they are readily available worldwide. Maybe you can suggest it for her because after reading this review, I’m sure a lot of people will want to get some!

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    • November 30, 2016 at 12:28 am
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      Hi Vanessa
      Unfortunately New Zealand has very strict bio-security laws and nothing organic can be shipped in and out of our country 🙁 Even if she could make this pellet available worldwide the shipping expense would be so high that people would never order them! We have a very expensive postal service here.
      As for seizures, vitamin c deficiency is the leading cause but can also be caused by mites among others.
      I expect that the rescue would most have need of this supplement because they often receive guinea pigs with such a terrible case of mites that they begin having seizures.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 3:01 am
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    Hi Emma,
    Very informative article. As a kid we always had hamsters, but they only live a couple of years.
    Guinea are so cute though with their hair flying in all directions! I was wondering if by nature are Guinea pigs nocturnal? As you can see I know absolutely nothing about them, so it is very nice that people like you and you friend are out there making sure newbs keep their pets safe and healthy.

    Barb

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    • November 30, 2016 at 6:07 am
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      Thanks Barbara! 🙂 No, guinea pigs can only sleep for four minutes at a time, so they spend a lot of time eating and then sleeping!!!

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