Chinchillas are adorable, soft, and curious pets, but they do require some special care and precautions to keep them safe and healthy. When bringing a chinchilla into your home, be sure to chinchilla-proof your house and provide a safe environment for your new pet.
- Supervision – Chinchillas are quick and excellent jumpers. They can easily leap out of enclosures and injure themselves if left unsupervised. Always keep a close eye on your chinchilla when they are out of their cage for playtime. Never leave them unattended.
- Cage safety – Get a large, multi-level cage for your chinchilla to allow for plenty of exercise. Ensure the bar spacing is narrow enough that they cannot squeeze out. Do not use plastic cages or aquariums, as chinchillas may chew and ingest the plastic. Make sure the cage is sturdy and placed away from direct sunlight, drafts, or household hazards.
- Toxic materials – Chinchillas are curious chewers and will gnaw on items in their environment. Keep them away from toxic plants, electrical cords, plastics, or other hazardous materials. Ensure any wood, sticks, or chew toys placed in their cage are non-toxic varieties safe for chinchillas.
- Overheating – With their dense fur coats, chinchillas are prone to heat stroke at temperatures over 80°F. Place their cage away from direct sunlight, heating vents, or other heat sources. Ensure they have access to a temperature-controlled hideaway and plenty of cool water. Avoid over-handling.
- Falls – Chinchillas have delicate bones and can seriously injure themselves from falls. Never place them on high surfaces unattended. Provide ledges and platforms for climbing at safe heights. Hold securely when carrying them.
By chinchilla-proofing your home, supervising playtime, and following other basic safety practices, you can help keep your chinchilla healthy, secure, and free to leap about and play! With the proper precautions, chinchillas can make lively, endearing additions to any home.