Chinchillas have an inquisitive and gentle nature. They also have a lot of energy and love to run, jump and climb. They need a large habitat that allows them to play. Chinchillas love, but do not need supervised playtime outside of the cage on a daily basis.
Average Size: 12 Inches Long Life Span: Up to 15-20 years with proper care
High quality chinchilla pellets and timothy hay should be provided at all times. Please do not feed chinchillas fresh or dried fruits and vegetables, dairy products, seeds or nuts. Chinchillas’ digestive systems are not designed to handle them. A good pelletted feed and timothy hay or hay cubes is all they require to remain healthy. When giving treats, limit them to one or two treats a week and stick to healthy treats. No raisins. Healthy treat options include: rose hips, uncooked oatmeal (not quick or instant), 1/2 of a shredded wheat square (no frosting), or a plain cheerio. Kits under 6 months should not receive treats.
Treats shoud not exceed 10% of daily food intake.
Clean, fresh, water should be available at all times and changed daily.
DO NOT feed chocolate, caffeine, junk food or alcohol as these may cause serious medical problems.
Chinchillas do well in household temperatures, not to exceed 72 degrees F. Be careful of extreme temperature changes. Keep the cage out of direct sun light and drafts. The environment should be quiet enough to allow for daytime rest.
A large multi-tiered cage is recommended since chinchillas love to jump and play. Wire cages with a solid bottom are best. The spaces between the wires should not exceed 1 inch. Cages with plastic ramps, shelves, pans and sides should be avoided. Chinchillas will eat the plastic which can be deadly. The cage should be placed away from electrical cords and outlets or any other item that could be chewed.
1 – 1 1/2 inches of bedding should be placed in the cage. Proper bedding includes kiln dried pine or aspen shavings, pelletted, or recycled products. Never use cedar products or other aromatic woods since they can cause respiratory problems in chinchillas. Bedding should be changed weekly.
Never house chinchillas with other small animals.