So you want to adopt a chinchilla? That’s great news! Here’s a helpful list of chinchilla supplies regarding what you may want to consider purchasing for your chin. All of the chinchilla supplies mentioned here are items that we use here at our site.
1. Your chin’s cage and what should be found inside.
These cages are construced of 1/2″ x 1″ galvanized-after wire. Balconies and middle floors are construced out of untreated pine which keeps little chinny feet and legs from getting caught and broken. Make sure that there are multiple levels in the cage you choose for your chinchilla; they like to leap.
2. Ceramic Food Bowls chinchilla supplies – Small round bowls are best, one for plain chinchilla pellets and one for fresh vegetables if you choose. No plastic bowls; your chin will chew them and ingest the plastic.
3. Ceramic Half-Covered Dome Dishes chinchilla supplies – These dishes are made by Super Pet and are exactly what they sound like. They are perfect containers for stuffing hay and a safe substitute for the wire hay rack on which a chinchilla can get seriously hurt.
4. Wooden Chin House or Chin Box chinchilla supplies – Chins naturally like to hide when they sleep; this is one of the most important things to keep in your chin’s cage. Try not to buy a house that is constructed using nails or bolts. Our site sells wooden “chin boxes” which are construced using FDA approved non-toxic glue and wooden biscuits.
5. CareFresh or Total Comfort Bedding chinchilla supplies – These two brands are the safest for your chins respiratory system. Kiln dried pine is okay too but we suggest that you stick with these two products.
6. Leapin’ Ledges chinchilla supplies – As mentioned before, chins like to leap and jump. These ledges are construced out of untreated wood and can be screwed onto the side of your chin’s cage. Sleepin’ Ledges can also be found at chinchilla supplies or your local pet shop – these ledges are a larger version of the Leapin’ Ledges so that your chin can spread out and sleep.
7. Wooden Chewing Toys chinchilla supplies – Chins have incisors which are constantly growing; therefore, it’s important for them to always have something to chew on. Most wooden chew toys found in pet stores are suitable for chins. “Lava Bites”, “Chew Stuff”, and “Bunny Bites” are all examples of suitable chewing toys for your chin.
8. Water Bottle chinchilla supplies – 28 oz. is the best size. Make sure to change the water every day so it does not get stagnant.
9. Running Wheel chinchilla supplies – It is important for your chin to get exercise and a wheel also prevents boredom when you’re not around to play. DO NOT buy a wheel with spokes! Little chinny feet and legs can get caught and breakage can occur. Again, chinchilla supplies is the best place to buy a wheel. Their 14″ Ed Exercise Wheel is a safe wheel for your chin; it’s a bit pricey, but worth it. It’s important that you get your chinchilla out to play at least once a day. Not only is it a good way for you to bond with your chin, but mentally it’s important that your chin have some time to blow off steam.
We at chinchilla supplies recommend that you let your chin out twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. This is difficult for most working chinchilla parents and we understand this. Optimal running time is in the evening around 9:00 PM.
Most of us do not have chin-proofed rooms in our homes and that’s why we recommend a play gate. Normally these are gates that you can find for dogs and cats and now I’ve even seen them for ferrets. Whatever type of gate you can get so that it forms an inclosed area is fine. Make sure that the openings in the gate are not large enough for your chin to slip through. Remember, it’s likely that if the head can squeeze through, so can the rest of the body. Ferret gates are probably the best choice. Set it up and fill it with toys. Old chinchilla supplies, a home made wooden jungle gym and don’t forget to add yourself. We here at chinchilla supplies have found that the best jungle gym is the human body! Play Time!
This is an example of a play gate that we set up here at chinchilla supplies for when our chins need a quick romp. (For longer romps, we like to provide them with a larger area.) Inside the gate is just a plain ceramic jar, a cardboard play house and a straw basket. Where did I find that neat basket you may ask? Ikea my friends. Yes, you can find chinchilla supplies for your chin almost anywhere!