Chinchillas are very active animals and therefore need lots of space to exercise, so the biggest cage you can afford is advisable. The cage should have several layers and a mesh floor base with wooden litter beneath to prevent your chinchillas’ coat from getting dirty. Chinchillas love to chew so an escape proof wire mesh cage is essential.
Chinchillas love to snuggle and like to have a place where they can do this. Provide a nest box full of hay and bedding material to help them feel safe and secure. Cover the base of the cage with wood shavings, or a wood based litter. They become bored very easily so pack the cage out with lots of non-toxic wood branches, shelves, tubes and pipes, gnaw blocks and mineral stones.
Keep the cage out of direct sunlight and away from draughts and damp conditions. Chinchillas do not like to be too hot and temperatures above 20 degrees will start to affect them. A chinchilla cooling marble tile is a great way to keep them cool in the summer. Cool it in the fridge and place it in their cage to cool them down.
Chinchillas can live up to 15 to 20 years old