Chinchilla Cages Information, Safety and Cleaning
Chinchilla cages should be all metal, since they will gnaw their way out of a wooden cage. They need a quite large cage so they have room to run around and climb. A typical or better the minimum size for a cage for 1-2 chinchilla should be 24”-18”-24”. Wire mesh should be no bigger than 1×2 inches, smaller when you have babies. The cage should have a removable bottom tray to aid cleaning. The cage does not have to be extra-tall, as chinchillas are rock-hoppers by nature, not tree-climbers, and they do appreciate floor-space rather than height, so go for long cages, rather than high cages.
There are two basic categories of chinchilla cages. The wire bottom cage and solid bottom cage.
The most common is the wire bottom cage, made from galvanized wire. It is one of the most hygienic chinchilla cages as feces and waste debris pass through the bottom into the separate collection tray. You can clean the cage without removing the chinchilla from cage. The size of the wire mesh is an important factor to keep the chinchilla safe. The ideal would be ¼ ” x ¼” to avoid the chinchilla to trap his leg between the mess and prevent such injuries as broken bones or trapped limbs, and also to be safe especially if your chinchilla will be having babies. The type of solid bottom cage is harder to keep hygienically clean but it is the safest for a chinchilla and any potential babies. Usually, when the bottom is detachable, chinchilla can come into direct contact with the bedding that contains waster debris, urine and feces and so the bottom of the cage will need to be cleaned at least 2 times in a week to prevent fungus setting into the flooring and infections. Clean the cage on a weekly basis. Chinchillas need frequent cleaning and disinfection, every 2-3 days, the cage, the water bottle, the food dish, dusters and maybe some other cage accessories.