Chinchilla Cage Selection Considerations

When considering what type of chinchilla cage to get, the first thing to consider is a chinchilla’s natural lifestyle. In the wild, chinchillas are animals that love to roam around, therefore you need to purchase a large chinchilla cage. They love to run, jump and climb, so for these reasons it only makes sense that the chinchilla’s cage is large. This is especially the case if you plan to get a pair of chinhcillas. However, on that note, if you do get a pair be sure not to get a male and a female, unless you want to have baby chinchillas on your hands!

As chinchillas love running, jumping and climb, you don’t just want a cage with a lot of floorspace, but also one that has a reasonably large height too. And to keep your chinchillas busy, you should provide them with a few accessories, from perches, to grassy huts, to exercise wheels. These things can keep your chinchilla entertained for hours. Your chinchilla also need things to gnaw at, as its teeth grow continuously. So you can get mineral blocks and untreated wood to put in the chinchilla cage for your chinchilla to gnaw away at.

A chinchilla is a cleanly animal. To keep itself clean in its natural environment – mountains, it likes to use dust. Obviously in a cage, it has no access to cleaning material unless you put some in there. What do you put in the cage? You can buy either volcanic ash, which is often called chinchilla dust. Or you can use children’s play sand. You will need to purchase a chinchilla bath to put the dust in. This is essentially just a container that the chinchilla can enter to clean itself. You may like to give your pet no more than 10 minutes, and remove the bath from the chinchilla cage after use to avoid overuse. Do not ever try to bathe a chin in water. This is because their fur is very absorbent and takes long to try meaning your pet’s body temperature will quickly plummet and it could die.

If you decide you would like your chinchilla to roam around your house a little, this is fine – under supervision. Chinchillas are curious and they like to chew – and there are certain things that can be anything from inconvenient to dangerous to chew!

You will also want to pay attention to room temperature. Chinchillas can die in temperatures over 85 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably they hould be kept in temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to purchase a fan or an air conditioning unit to help achieve this.

We all love giving nice things to our pets. If you are going to give treats to your chinchilla, be sure not to over do it. 1 portion a day is sufficient. This is for its own good. You may damage a chinchilla’s digestive system or worse if you overdo it.

It is also worth mentioning that you should beware of plastic toys. As your chinchilla likes to gnaw and as plastic can be gnawed away, it can be toxic to your pet if ingested, and dangerious physically if sharp edges are formed after the structure has been gnawed away at. So you want to ensure that if there is anything plastic, that it is not something that the chin will easily be able to get its mouth around and gnaw away at. Look for a metal chinchilla cage ideally, and make sure you have some good quality toys in there to ensure you do not get a fat lazy chinchilla but an active and happy one!

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