Housing your Chinchilla

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Housing your Chinchilla

Large, Strong and Spacious Cosy and comfortable Playtime Cleaning Chinchillas are active, playful and like to leap and jump so they need lots of space to exercise in. The bigger the chinchilla cage the better!  Large, Strong and Spacious Chinchillas love to climb and can jump up to 6 feet (1.8 metres) in height so chinchilla cages need to be large with several levels or shelves for your chinchilla to explore and jump from.  As chinchilla cages are quite tall and roomy you need to consider if you have the available space to house one in your home. Chinchillas are very sensitive to high temperatures and can develop heat stroke very quickly as they can not sweat like humans. Ideally your chinchilla cage should be kept in a draught free place, away from direct sunlight and at a room temperature between 15 – 20ºC.   Chinchillas are intelligent and make good escape artists so your chinchilla cage needs to be secure. Gnawing and chewing are a chinchillas favourite pastime so your chinchilla cage needs to be made from strong metal wire. Your chinchilla cage should have a solid base rather than mesh as chinchillas can develop sore feet (a condition called bumblefoot) from treading on mesh floors. The chinchilla cage should also have a solid roof solid roof to stop your chinchillas feeling threatened and stressed by movements from above which they associate with predators swooping down on them! View our Chinchilla Products section for a selection of chinchilla housing Visit our Chinchilla Health advice to learn more BackTo Top Cosy and Comfortable Your chinchilla cage should contain a large wooden nesting house for them to shelter and sleep in.  Hay is ideal as a nesting material as your chinchillas will happily curl up in it to keep snug and will also nibble it as a snack. As chinchillas coats are delicate the bottom of the cage should have a mesh floor set above a tray that can be filled with wood shavings.  This means that any  urine  or waste falls through the mesh and does not come into contact with your chinchillas coat.. Chinchillas need regular sand (or dust) baths to keep their coats healthy and free from grease. Your pet chinchilla should have a dust bath several times a week for about 20 minutes or so.  Metal or ceramic dust baths are available with suitable and safe dust for your chinchilla to use.  They adore their dust baths and are great fun to watch! If it gets hot during the summer months place a granite cooling tile in your chinchilla cage for them to rest on.  Granite naturally maintains a temperature below that of the room and will help your chinchilla feel nice and cool. Visit our Chinchilla Products section for a wide range of nest boxes, hay, dust baths and accessories BackTo Top Playtime Chinchillas need to exercise a lot and a chinchilla exercise wheel is a great idea to help them stay fit and trim.  The chinchilla wheel must be a solid wheel with no spokes as these can cause injuries to your chinchillas tail and toes.  It should also be large with plenty of room for your chinchilla to stretch out whilst running. Adding extra shelves and branches to your chinchilla cage will keep them happily climbing and jumping about.  Clean, safe branches from non-toxic trees are available in our stores.  You can also add suspension bridges, hanging platforms, ladders, tubes and hammocks for your chinchilla to play with. Wooden chewing toys and gnaw stones will keep your chinchilla contented and they also enjoy nibbling on cuttlebone.  These will help to keep your chinchillas teeth trim. A good tip is to change your chinchillas toys regularly and alter their position in the cage to prevent boredom. Chinchillas need regular exercise outside their cage,  Time spent outside their cage should always be supervised and you should chinchilla-proof your home:  do not allow them in the kitchen as it is too dangerous, keep all trailing electrical cables and breakable ornaments out of reach, remove all house plants and shut all doors and windows.  You might find that a small play pen or rabbit / guinea pig run is useful.   Visit our Chinchilla Products section for a wide range of chinchilla exercise wheels, boredom breakers and toys BackTo Top Cleanng Chinchillas are very clean creatures and their cage should be cleaned with pet-safe disinfectant once a week.  Soiled nesting material and substrate should be removed daily. View our Chinchilla Products section for a range of chinchilla hygiene and cleaning products BackTo Top