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Setting up a chinchilla cage: creating a rodent's paradise


With a little creativity, a chinchilla cage can be set up wonderfully. However, it is important to know what is required as basic equipment and which materials can be used. Chinchillas are really happy in a climbing paradise. Chinchillas feel most comfortable with many jumping and climbing opportunities - Shutterstock / Juice Team

The cute chinchillas are not really cuddly toys and are rather frightening. Lovers appreciate the animals because of their look and they just like to watch them eat and climb. Chinchillas are extremely sociable, which is why they need at least one playmate.

The chinchilla cage

The rodents who love to move need a lot of space to let off steam, i.e. a correspondingly large cage. For two animals, it must be at least 150 cm x 80 cm x 150 cm in size. The most important thing is height: Chinchillas like to climb over several floors, sit on rises and watch their surroundings. In the best case scenario, you can get an aviary for your little rodent, like the one for birds. The struts must not be more than 1.5 cm apart - otherwise there is a risk of breakout!

But no matter how much space chinchillas have: they always need an outlet. Before you buy them, fully furnish the rodent's home. And when chinchillas feel comfortable, they can even be petted, as the cuddly little guy shows in the next film:

Basic equipment for the chinchilla cage

Before setting up, you need to get the right accessories. The little friends with the big round ears sleep, feed, climb, jump, observe and practice personal hygiene extensively. Chinchillas need light and dark places in their cage. Use natural items; Like almost all rodents, chinchillas like to nibble on wood - varnish or other chemical elements are not healthy for the animals. As a basis you can get the following utensils in the pet shop:

lodge: Chinchillas need a dark, protected nesting and sleeping area. Make sure that the entrance to the house is large enough.
bedding: Small animal shavings or bedding made of hemp, linen or corn are best suited. Chinchillas often mistakenly use other bedding as feed, so caution is advised when choosing.
sand bath: Chinchillas are very clean rodents with soft fur. They use a sand bath with special fine chinchilla sand for extensive dry bathing for their hygiene and fur care.
seatboards: Small untreated boards from the hardware store are well suited. Pay attention to optimal dimensions.
branches: Here are, for example, those of unsprayed fruit trees. You can also take branches and twigs from beech and spruce or from hazelnut and willow trees.
food bowl: Since plastic is too light, you should choose one made of ceramic or porcelain. It should not be too small so that all animals can use it at the same time.
water dispenser: Nipple drinkers are best suited. Fill them with lukewarm water.
Heuraufe: Loose hay is quickly mistaken for the toilet. However, since the animals are supposed to eat the hay, put it in a small hay rack or use a hay ball. You can also use a clay bowl or an unprinted cardboard box. It is particularly nice to make a hay rack out of stones.

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The perfect chinchilla aviary: tips

After you have got the basic equipment for your chinchilla aviary, it goes to the creative part of the cage design. In any case, your cute rodents will be happy about all branches, twigs, boards and other climbing opportunities. The habitat of the sweet chinchillas has to be exciting and varied. There are many great ways to create a chinchilla playground.
In addition to the basic equipment:

  • ● Willow tunnel, several rodent ladders, wooden swing, suspension bridges
  • ● Tubes made of clay, wood, cork or wicker with a diameter of 12 cm
  • ● Ceramic flower pots
  • ● A small self-made climbing tree

Step-by-Step Guide

1. It is best to start setting up the cage from the bottom up: First fill the cage floor with litter. Place the sand bath, a tube or the willow bridge and the hayrack on it.

2. Ideally, place the food bowl at the very bottom of the cage next to the hay rack. Attach the potions to an undelivered place so that the rodents can get to the water well.

3. Now attach the seat boards alternately left and right to the struts of the cage. Ask at the hardware store for practical and simple fastening options. - There are all sorts of things to fix, like different screw mechanisms. Make sure that the distances to jump are not too large - otherwise the animals can fall.

4. Now you can guide the ladders, which are available in different widths and lengths, from board to board and alternatively pull the branches through the cage. The chinchillas will either jump from board to board or use the branches as a bridge. Suspension bridges are also used here as a connection.

5. The nesting house still belongs on top of one of the seat boards. If possible, attach it so that it cannot slide back and forth or even fall down.

You will surely have fun setting up the home for your soon growing family!

Where to put the chinchilla cage?

Do not place the chinchillas in direct sunlight and in cold rooms. Balconies are absolutely taboo! Chinchillas are nocturnal rodents and need their rest to sleep during the day. The living room with television and radio is therefore not ideal. At best, keep the animals in a separate, small room where there is not so much "traffic".