Setting up a chinchilla cage is easy to get wrong, because chinchillas are exotic pets. They have unique needs that new owners don’t appreciate. Take plastic, for example: it’s best not to include any in your chinchilla’s cage as it will chew it, and could develop a gut blockage. Or take exercise wheels: these have to be a lot bigger than those made for other pets, so any kind of hamster wheel or similar isn’t suitable.

So, what goes in a chinchilla’s cage, and why? Where does everything go? Why are common things like exercise balls not suitable for chinchillas if they are for other pets? The guides below will tell you everything you need to know… Either click on a topic that interests you, or navigate to even more posts through the numbered pages at the bottom.