Chinchillas are very active and need lots of space to exercise so the bigger their housing the better. Ideally, the enclosure should have several levels or shelves to allow your pets to bounce around. As chinchillas are enthusiastic chewers, a non-toxic wire mesh is essential to ensure that they can’t chew their way out. The mesh should be no larger than 15mm x 15mm with a solid floor so their feet don’t become sore. Put a couple of locks or clips on the housing or your chinchillas may break out! Additionally, provide a bedroom or a space where they can snuggle up – a nesting box will help them feel secure.
Chinchillas should only be housed indoors, but it’s really important temperature in their housing is regulated to between 10-18 degrees. At 21 degrees your chinchillas will become distressed and overheated, and a temperature of 30 degrees could be fatal to them. Keep their housing away from draughts and direct sunlight and in a quiet area away from loud noises.
The essentials you will need to make the perfect set up for you rabbits:
Lots of tasty Excel hay! Excel nuggets Excel treatsWire mesh housing Platforms Food bowl Water bowl Nesting boxes Fleece tubes Shredded paper Chinchilla-safe cleaning products