Habitat Sweet Habitat: Chinchillas

Setting up a cage for your new chinchilla? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Habitat

  • Chinchillas that are raised together can live together (same gender only).
  • Your chinchilla needs a spacious home with a solid floor; it should be large enough for a food dish, water bottle, hay manger, exercise wheel and a hiding house.
  • An appropriate size cage should be large enough for a feeding area, and room to sleep and move around.
  • Minimum cage size is 30”x29”x18” and multi-level cages are preferred since they provide additional space for exercising. Multiple chinchillas require a much larger cage.
  • Your chinchilla’s home should be placed in a cool 65-75°F (18-24°C), low humidity area, out of direct sunlight.
  • Chinchillas will begin to show signs of heat stress if temperatures exceed 80°F (26°C).

Play & Hide

  • Chinchillas are nocturnal and may use their exercise wheel at night.
  • A hide house is essential for your chinchilla to feel secure.
  • Your chinchilla should be given the opportunity to take a dust bath 2-3 times per week for 10-20 minutes. The chinchilla bath should have enough room for him to flip and flop around. Add 2” (5cm) of chinchilla bath dust to the container.
  • Chinchillas’ teeth never stop growing, so they need lots of healthy things to chew on.


  • Chinchillas like to hide and burrow, so be sure to provide lots of clean bedding. Line cage with a minimum of 3-4” (7-10cm) of bedding.
  • Cedar shavings are not recommended for small pets.
  • Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely changed every other week.

Shopping List
❏ Cage (minimum size 30”x29”x18”); multi-level homes are preferred
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Crock Food Dish/Gravity Feeder
❏ Hay Manger
❏ Hiding/Sleep House
❏ Treat Sticks
❏ Chew Toys
❏ Exercise Pen
❏ Fortified Chinchilla Pellet Diet
❏ Hay (appropriate for age)
❏ Treats
❏ Salt Wheel
❏ Bedding
❏ Bath House
❏ Dust Bath
❏ Marble Cooling Slab

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