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.
❏ 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)
❏ Salt Wheel
❏ Bath House
❏ Dust Bath
❏ Marble Cooling Slab