Sunshine Chinchillas

Subtitle

Happy and Healthy

For your chinchilla’s safety

I have comprised a few simple guidelines that all chinchillas should know. Most are obvious things in the care of your chinchilla, but a few might be new to you. Please be careful when reading chinchilla groups on social media, forums or even pet store advice.


Remember it is always better to err on the side of caution.


Food

Good:

Tradition

Mazuri

Oxbow

Kline

Manna Pro Sho (rabbit pellet)

Producers Pride (rabbit pellet)


Bad:

Kaytee

Charlie Chinchilla

Higgins

Vitakraft

Any food that has dried fruits, veggies or other treats should be avoided.


Housing


There are quite a few options out there for good quality housing for your chinchilla. If you want a store bought cage, Ferret Nation, Critter Nation, Quality Cages and Martin’s Cages make excellent homes.


Bedding


Good:

Pine

Aspen

Fleece is the only accepted fabric to use with chinchillas. Cotton (such as towels or blankets) have small fibers that when ingested can cause an impaction. Fleece should only be used if un-chewed. Please remove any fabric if any signs of chewing occur, as this also can cause gastro intestinal issues.


Stay away from:

Carefresh

Corn cob

Cedar

Towels

Blankets


Also avoid:

Plastic

Again, chinchillas can chew on the plastic and it will cause intestinal issues, possible impaction.


Wire shelving; Chinchillas need solid shelving to rest on.


Wire hay balls and racks; Chinchillas , especially young chinchillas can become caught and entangled among the wire.


Plastic “running” balls; These will quickly lead to overheating and death.


Plastic wheels; Most are very cheaply made and won’t support the weight of full grown chin. Also plastic in a cage should be avoided at all costs.


Fresh fruits and vegetables; Chinchillas do not eat fresh produce, they consume dried grasses (Timothy , Oat, Alfalfa Hay). Fresh produce can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and possible intestinal prolapse which can be fatal.


Toxic wood; please see the “Safe Woods” section of this website.