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Guide to Chinchilla Cages.
The first thing you need to decide is what type of Chinchilla cage you want.
Generally, there are two types of cages: Cages with a wire bottom and those with a solid tray or base at the bottom.
You must use a wire cage because chins cannot grip on to solid surfaces like plastic and they can slip and slide on smooth surface which could result in injury and falling off the shelf. The minimum size for a single chin is 24″ x 18″ x 16″, but bigger is better! Many people house more than one chin in larger cages such as 32″ L x 23″ W where each extra chin has an 8-10″ wide sleeping area (which is sufficient for most). Generally, two smaller chins cannot share one sleeping area unless it is 10″ or more wide. If you have a pregnant female, it is best to keep her in an even larger cage so she does not accidentally hurt the babies.
Smaller cages are not ideal because the chin will be less active and he could develop health problems such as obesity, Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), Insulinoma, etc.
Chinchillas do not require very much floor space at all! It is better to give them too little rather than too much room for this reason. Like people, if they do not get enough exercise it can also cause health problems down the line.
The most important aspect of any cage you buy should always be the bar spacing!
The bars of the cage should be spaced no more than 1″ apart. Anything wider is too big for a chin to stay on, and he could easily fall off which could result in injury or even death.
Chins are most comfortable when they can sit side by side with their entire body touching the one next to them. If there is space between them, you may want to find another cage that will accommodate their needs better. Most cages have two-story models where one part of the cage has lower bars and more floor space, while the other portion of the cage has higher bars so chins cannot jump down onto any wires at all (some even have plastic covers on certain parts just in case).
Best Chinchilla Cages – FAQ
What should you have in a chinchilla cage?
A “chinchilla safe” cage:
Multiple wooden ledges.
Metal or ceramic food dish.
Glass water bottle.
A dust bath house.
How big of a cage does a chinchilla need?
4′ x 4′ x 3′
The enclosure should be a minimum of 4′ x 4′ x 3′ for a single chinchilla.
Like other rodents, chinchillas love to chew, and therefore wire-mesh cages are preferred to wooden cages.
DO NOT use galvanized wire, as it contains zinc, which can be toxic if ingested.
Do chinchillas need ramps in their cage?
Do chinchillas like to be held?
They are active and playful and, with gentle handling from a young age, most chinchillas become quite tame and can bond closely with their owners. But don’t expect them to like being held and cuddled like dogs and cats. They usually don’t, although they’ll express their affection for you in other ways.
What should you not put in a chinchilla cage?
Wire is the best cage material, and avoid plastic cages or accessories and chinchillas chew and destroy plastic readily. The tray can be lined with wood shavings (avoid cedar shavings, and hardwood shavings such as aspen are preferred over pine) or newspapers. Many.
Should you cover a chinchilla cage at night?
Covering a chinchilla’s cage should never be used as a long-term option or on a daily basis, not even at night.
Chinchillas like to observe their surroundings and by depriving them from being able to see, interact and react to what is going on around them you would make them feel very uncomfortable and sad.
How often should I let my chinchilla out?
The chinchillas should be let out at least once, daily. If you have the time when they are still awake in the morning, you can allow them some morning time play. However, most chin owners let their pets out in the early evening hours, like right after work.
Do chinchillas need light at night?
Do Chinchillas Need Lights on at Night
Can you keep a chinchilla in your bedroom?
Yes, you can keep chinchillas in your bedroom. Chinchillas need to remain at ideal temperatures and have plenty of space inside of their cage. The physical location of the chinchilla cage in your home does not matter.
Do chinchilla bites hurt?
A chinchilla bite can be quite severe and is very painful. Chinchillas that are not properly socialized can become biters. When chinchillas are left for long periods without attention from humans, they can become aggressive and bite anyone who tries to handle them.
Do chinchillas use a litter box?
No, chinchillas do not need a litter box. Chinchillas can be potty trained with dedication and time, but most chinchillas either urinate and defecate into chinchilla bedding or on fleece liners built specifically for chinchilla cages.
Can I put a blanket in my chinchillas cage?
Blankets do the same thing, as will any cover you place on your chinchilla’s cage. Chinchillas should never be kept in temperatures higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Centigrade. Their thick fur will make them overheat, and this can happen surprisingly quickly.
Do chinchillas need a friend?
Chinchillas need: Keeping with at least one other friendly chinchilla, unless advised otherwise by a vet/clinical animal behaviourist. Chinchillas can be kept as male/female pairs* or single sex groups. They¿re naturally sociable, living in groups in the wild.
Can chinchillas have stuffed animals in their cage?
No, you should not provide your chinchilla, a stuffed animal. Chinchillas need to be provided safe items to chew, such as chew sticks composed of safe wood and other hanging toys inside of their cage. Stuffed animals are a no go, unfortunately.
Do chinchillas throw poop?
In fact, as is so concisely explained in many chinchilla care websites, “Chinchillas = Poop.” As for throwing poop, many chins do this behavior when they are frustrated or stressed. For example, a chinchilla that is frustrated from lack of attention may throw feces at the person from whom they are seeking attention.
Do chinchillas like to be held and cuddled?
They tend to be affectionate, curious and social animals that can bond closely with their owners and generally like to be held close and cuddled. Certain features of chinchillas make them unique, and anyone considering a pet chinchilla should know these 10 fascinating chinchilla facts.
Do chinchillas like hugs?
Do Chinchillas Like To Cuddle
How often should chinchillas get dust baths?
4 times per week
In very hot, humid weather or climates, chinchillas often need access to their dust baths closer to 4 times per week. In cold weather or otherwise dry environments, they may only need to bathe twice a week. It is also important to control the duration during which your chinchilla has access to their bath.
How high can chinchillas fall from?
Chinchillas can jump up to 6 feet, not only are their jumps massive compared to their size but they are very coordinated and jump to a precise spot no matter how small or narrow the landing surface is. This allows them in the wild to escape predators and cover wide distances in search of food and shelter.
What toys do chinchillas like?
So, what do chinchillas like to play with