Chinchilla Cages & Habitats
Why Do You Need a Chinchilla Cage?
Chinchilla cages allow chinchillas a safe place to sleep in during the day with access to plenty of clean water, since they have a tendency to get dehydrated very easily.
What Kind of Cage Do Chinchillas Need?
Chinchillas need to have cages with approximately 24 inches by 24 inches of floor space for them to have enough space to run and jump around. The best-case scenario for your chinchilla would be if you purchase a cage with ample space for you to add shelves and ladders for your chinchilla to climb on. It is recommended that you purchase a cage made out of sturdy materials so that your chinchilla cannot destroy it and escape.
Should You Cover a Chinchilla Cage?
In short, the answer to that question is no, you should not cover up your chinchilla’s cage.
Your chinchilla needs to stay regulated in order to stay happy and healthy, and it can only keep itself regulated by maintaining day and night cycles. This is the same way it would maintain homeostasis in the wild.
Covering the cage also results in heat and humidity build-up. Chinchillas are particularly susceptible to overheating, and they are also accustomed to cool, dry conditions, so they need proper ventilation to thrive.
Additionally, while chinchillas are crepuscular animals, meaning they’re most active at dawn, dusk, and sometimes at night, they actually have fairly poor eyesight. By covering their cage, you’re creating the perfect environment for accidents and injuries to occur. They will not be able to move around as much without bumping into objects, and they could miss a jump to an adjacent platform, which can result in broken bones, contusions, or even death.
How Big Should a Chinchilla Cage Be?
According to the Veterinary Center, pet cages for chinchillas need to be at least 3 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet in measurements. Of course, you will need to get a cage twice this large if you plan on getting another chinchilla to give your first chinchilla company.
How Often Should Chinchilla Cages Get Cleaned?
Chinchilla cages need to be completely disinfected at least once each week, although it is advisable to remove any wet spots as soon as you notice them. Also, you should change the bedding in the cage for your chinchilla at least once each week.
What Should I Look for in a Chinchilla Cage?
Look for a cage that is a true pet house or home for your chinchilla. After all, this is where your chinchilla will spend the vast majority of its time. You will also want to look for a chinchilla cage that has front doors with strong locks on it so that the chinchilla cannot escape.
Why Choose My Pet Cages by Ultra Lite for Keeping a Chinchilla?
You should choose My Pet Cages by Ultra Lite because we offer affordable cages that are easy to assemble for your chinchilla and are manufactured with the sturdiest materials. You can even create your own custom-built cage for your chinchilla based on your specifications!
What Accessories Should Be Added to a Chinchilla Cage?
All chinchilla cages need to have hay-feeders and water bottle attachments with fresh water inside. Also, you will need to remember to offer your chinchilla nutritious, formulated pellets inside of a heavy food bowl every day so that your chinchilla cannot easily knock it over into its own small animal cage. Keeping a few toys inside of the cage will help to keep your chinchilla mentally engaged as well.