Chinchilla Cages

Chinchillas are rodents you can hold in your hands, but you can't keep them in cages that are suitable for guinea pigs or hamsters. Keep your chinchillas in the largest cage your quarters can accommodate. Living in small cages makes chinchillas depressed and neurotic. Placed it in the right environment to keep your pet healthy.

The larger the cage, the better. The minimum floor space is about 24 by 24 inches, and a tall cage is best; if possible, get a tall cage with shelves and ladders that allow the chinchilla to climb. Wire is the best cage material, and avoid plastic cages or accessories and chinchillas chew and destroy plastic readily.

The tray can be lined with wood shavings (avoid cedar shavings, and hardwood shavings such as aspen are preferred over pine) or newspapers. Many chinchilla cages have a wire floor, which is nice for cleanliness but can be hard on chinchilla feet so are best avoided. Wire floors or shelves can be covered with wood to give the chinchilla's feet a break. A nest box, made of wood, should also be provided.