Giving your chinchilla toys is an essential part of raising your pet and keeping it healthy. Chinchillas are very good climbers and your chinchilla cage should consist of ladders and branches so that your pet can climb to their heart’s content.
Keeping your pet healthy does not only mean giving your chinchilla food, but also keeping them well exercised and entertained. Chinchillas need to have a toy or some wood to chew on in order to keep their teeth in a healthy condition. Their teeth grow their whole lives and should thus be kept short by chewing on various things. Under no circumstances should you give your pet wood which has been varnished or painted. Evergreen tree branches are also not recommended. The wood must be untreated. You can find suitable chew toys in the rodent section of your local pet shop.
Most chinchillas love to play on wheels and thus a chinchilla wheel is an excellent choice of the many chinchilla toys available. These wheels should preferably have solid platforms and should be big, at least 30cm. You can also use large enclosed balls for them to play in outside and run around in. Be sure to only let them play in these for short periods of time as these balls get quite hot and this will become uncomfortable and detrimental to your chinchilla’s health. You can also get your chinchilla a twig ball or something similar whi9ch they can play with as well as gnaw away at.
Chinchillas like their privacy and it is essential that you have a hiding place for them. These can be PVC pipes that make perfect chinchilla toys as well as forming an ideal hiding place. You can use cardboard boxes for this purpose as well but be advised that your chinchilla might chew it, so it would not be a permanent solution as a hiding place. A grassy hutch would be better.
Caring for a chinchilla is just as time consuming as caring for a baby. You should be sure to first “chinchilla proof” a room before you allow them to explore the area outside of their cage – if you plan on letting them out from time to time. Chinchillas are very curious pets and will most probably bite into anything in the room outside the cage so you should therefore make sure that there is nothing that could be dangerous or toxic for your pet.
So when choosing your toys, always make sure to check that any wooden toys use untreated wood, and not varnished wood. Avoid plastic toys with chewable edges on them too as if your pet can chew away pieces of plastic the toy could become dangerous if any sharp edges form, and the chewed away piece can be dangerous if ingested. As you can see, there are plenty of chinchilla toys on the market to keep your pet, happy, healthy and entertained.