Chinchilla Cages: What You need to Consider

Chinchillas are small rodents that originate in the mountains of South America. They are famous for their thick, soft protective fur, which shields them from cold weather conditions, but also makes them prone to overheating. The first consideration, therefore, when bringing your chinchilla home, is where to house it. You must keep your Chinchilla’s cage in a cool, shady corner of your home, without drafts. If you do not have air conditioning in your house, you can cool your chinchilla’s cage down by placing a small tray with a few ice cubes inside it, or draping a cold damp cloth over a part of it.

Chinchillas are considered to be nocturnal animals, rather like cats. They spend the entire daytime resting and sleeping and at night, tend to be very active.  Chinchillas are very curious, energetic and playful. They enjoy roaming and wandering around. Basically, your chinchilla cage should be spacious and large enough for your pet to be able to get enough exercise.  The minimum floor space advised is 24 square inches, and a tall cage is preferable. Chinchilla cages come in various materials, but wire is best, as chinchillas will happily chew through plastic. A chinchilla cage should come with some shelves and ladders to allow your pet to climb.

There are multi-level chinchilla cages that have ramps, perches and platforms- perfect for your chinchillas. There are even chinchilla cages that have hammocks inside. You can have one or more chinchillas inside one cage but be sure each chinchilla has enough space to move and play.  Of course, there should be removable trays under the cage for their wastes. Many chinchilla trays are made of wire, and thus have wire floors, unsuitable for your chinchilla’s delicate feet. As such, it is advisable to line the floor with newspapers or wood shavings. Cedar shavings should be avoided, and hardwood shavings are preferred over softwood.

It would be great to get a cage for your chinchillas that will be convenient for you as well.  Remember that you will need to feed them daily;  to check up on them from time to time and most importantly- you need to  maintain the cleanliness of the cage.  It would be ideal to have a chinchilla cage that has wheels for easy moving or transfer.  You may also opt for a chinchilla cage with more than one door so it will be a lot easier for you to get access to your chinchillas or feed them.

Although the overall appearance and aesthetic design of your chinchilla’s cage is the least priority, attractive chinchilla cages are readily available.  The paint does not always have to be plain white or black.  You can choose to have a yellow, green, or pink cage.  You can customize a chinchilla cage if you prefer but you must make sure that it has all necessary features to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your chinchillas.

Chinchillas have an average span of 15 years and they grow to about 6 to 10 inches.  The larger and more spacious the cage is, the better, so there is no need to buy another one every now and then. Therefore, durability is indispensable. You must make sure your chinchilla’s cage is constructed from hard-wearing materials, and made with good craftsmanship. You must place the cage, once you have picked one, on a stand or cabinet, where you can comfortably interact with your chinchillas without leaning over them. Chinchillas can be intimidated and stressed when you lean over them.

Pets give us joy and make us laugh with their funny antics.  In return, it is fair to make them happy by providing them with a comfortable and stress-free environment.




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