MEET THE CHINCHILLA

Chinchillas are rodents native to the Andes mountains in South America. They are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. They are high energy and extremely sensitive animals. Chinchillas make great pets but only for those who are willing to put in the time, interest, energy and money to create the proper habitat and life for these special creatures.

Lifespan

15 - 20 years

Good With Kids

No

Space Requirement

Large

Time Needed Outside Cage

High

Potty Trainability

Low

Diet Difficulty

Medium

Care Difficulty

High

Cleanliness

Messy

Human Interaction Needs

Medium

Cuddliness

Low

CARE GUIDE

ADOPTABLE CHINCHILLAS

ENCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Dimensions

One chinchilla: 5 - 6 cubic ft

Two chinchillas: 10 - 12 cubic ft

Three chinchillas: 15 - 24 cubic ft

Other Notes

- Wire floors must be covered (we recommend fleece)

- No wire wheels

- Wheels must be at least 12”

- No wood bedding of any kind

- Bar spacing must be no bigger than 1/2” to 1”. Chinchillas like to bounce of the walls and this will help make sure their feet/legs don’t get caught.

Required Enrichment

Variety of chew toys (wood, lava, cardboard)

Ledges/levels

Hide (preferably wood)

Wheel

Dust bath

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