How to Chinchilla-Proof Your Home
Playtime outside the cage is also a
potentially dangerous time for your pet. Chinchillas are
curious, and many things are investigated by biting into
them to see if they are edible. The natural curiosity of
chinchillas mean that you should have a room that is
thoroughly chinchilla-proofed before allowing time
outside the cage, and close supervision is
As much as your chinchillas appreciate
playtime outside of their cages, it is important to
remember that the natural curiosity of chinchillas can
get them into danger. To keep your chinchilla safe at
playtime, you will likely find it easiest to designate
one room in the house the chinchilla playroom, and make
sure that room is as safe as possible.
Curious chinchillas are apt to investigate
things by biting them. This means that you need to
protect your chinchilla:
Dangerous electrical cords, cable or stereo
cords, phone cords: cover electrical outlets. It may be possible
to arrange the furniture in your room to hide most
electrical cords (be fire safe: don't run cords under
carpets or place items directly on cords due to fire
risk). Be sure, however, that your chinchilla cannot
get into any spaces where the cords are hidden (you may
be able to use cardboard or pieces of wood to further
block access). Any cords cannot be hidden should be
covered -- you can buy plastic tubing with a slit down
one side to encase wires.
Alternatively, you can buy tubing at
hardware and pond supply stores, which you can slit with
a utility knife for the same effect. You can also get
hard plastic wire channels that attach neatly to the
floor or baseboard. Have a look at many options for
hiding wires at CableOrganizers.com. You can treat phone
cords the same way.
Once the cords are taken care of, make sure
your chinchilla can't get to the outlets or the origins
of your cords (e.g. on the back of your computer).
Cardboard or pieces of wood can be used block these areas
off too, if necessary.
toxic plants: no houseplants in reach (or fallen leaves to
household chemicals and cleaners, :
cleaners, chemicals, and medicines should
safely out of reach
other things that could harm your chinchilla
if bitten or swallowed.
Other precautions: turn off space heaters
(keep in mind that chinchillas overheat easily).
No plastic bags in reach.
Keep doors and windows closed .
Remove items that could be chewed and
10. You will probably also want to protect your
favourite belongings, books, and furniture from your
chinchilla. Read more about Chinchilla Care
Chinchillas are also very agile and good
jumpers -- make sure there is nothing they can jump or
climb into that is potentially dangerous. Make sure
dangerous items are truly out of reach, and not somewhere
that a chinchilla could reach by jumping and climbing.
Make sure there are no dangerous hiding
spots (behind heavy furniture, under appliances, the
underside of couches or beds, gaps in the wall or
uncovered heat vents). Recliners and rocking chairs can
trap or crush a chinchilla - it's best to remove them
from the room or at least make sure they are not used
when the chinchillas are out to play (be cautious with
pull-out couches, too). Keep in mind that under all that
soft fur is a small flexible body that can fit into
surprisingly small gaps.
Another hazard to watch for is standing
water, such as open toilets (always keep the lid down!)
or full bathtubs, as this is a drowning hazard.
- watch for fraying fabrics or threads /
strings which could be ingested.
- remove other pets from room (unless
absolutely certain interactions will be friendly).
- no objects painted with lead paint in
the room. Also make sure any lead drapery weights are
- no access to garbage cans or waste
- no ash trays (risk of tobacco/nicotine
- no small spaces for them to get into,
especially gaps under or behind appliances (there's
usually accessible wires in these spaces), gaps in
heating vents or walls.