A Cage For Your Chinchilla

Always take into account when you’re looking for a chinchilla cage that your pet’s a natural leaper and climber. They natural environments are the rocky parts of the Andes Mountains in South America. Always active, they benefit a lot from scampering about. So, a higher cage compared to a wider one is always the best option. Also, since your adorable pet is much bigger than its gerbil and hamster cousins, a larger cage is needed.

In choosing a cage, get those made with wire so that you don’t have to worry about them chewing their way out. Stay away from plastic, painted or coated cages because your chinchilla can swallow the toxic pieces that break away. Also, to keep them safe from getting caught between the gaps, try to make sure that the surrounding wire spaces are at least an inch in size and the bottom half an inch the most. Smaller gaps in the cage make it safer for your pet chinchilla to run around without getting trapped accidentally. Before buying, try to double check that the wire cage does not have any excess wire sticking out because this can hurt your chinchilla.

Find a good spot for the cage. Area temperature is a necessary consideration. A moderately warm area of about 65-75˚F will do. Also, avoid windy or cold spots. During warmer months in the summer, make sure that the area has adequate ventilation. In the summer, as much as your pet can endure temperatures up to 83˚F, keep its cage away from the sun. If it gets really warm, fans can only do so much because they only let hot air circulate. An enclosed pan of ice cubes inside the cage will do the trick. When your pet feels warm, it can snuggle close to it to cool off. An open pan can be dangerous because a chinchilla’s skin when wet becomes prone to skin diseases. Also, be certain that the pan is enclosed so that your chinchilla doesn’t fall into it.

To make cage-cleaning trouble-free, choose one that has a tray underneath that can be easily pulled out. For cages that have solid flooring, you can cover the area with pin shavings or newspaper. It’s ideal to clean those trays at least once every week and tidy those with solid flooring more regularly. Once every month, wash the entire cage. Usually, your pet chooses a spot in the cage to relieve itself. Keep this area clean and odor-free by putting more bedding and some baking soda on the spot.

Your pet chinchilla is naturally active and needs a lot of exercise. Though a bigger cage gives them ample room to scamper about, an added accessory such as an exercise wheel will keep them happy and healthy. Try taking the chinchilla out of the cage from time to time too. An hour will do fine. Not only does this give it more space to play and run around in, it also helps to get it more comfortable with the presence of its owner. Just keep careful watch over it while you set it loose in a room.

To make the room chinchilla-proof, you can start by clearing away any hazardous chemicals, wiring or plants that can be poisonous when ingested. Chinchillas love to chew and will go straight to anything they can nibble on. Also, keep watch over your pet so that it doesn’t soil or chew your furniture. During this time, being with your pet chinchilla is a great way to play with it and see the many amusing things it can do.