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We frequently receive requests for information on what is a good cage for a chinchilla and where do I get one.  This page was created to answer those questions.  While there are a lot of cages in pet stores that are marketed as "for chinchillas", most of these cages, indeed are NOT chinchilla safe.


Quality Cage (www.qualitycage.com)

We recommend either the Townhome or the Mansion model.  These cages do collapse for transport and are well constructed of a safe mesh size (1"x1") wire.  We have a Townhome that came in with a pair of rescues.  One drawback to this cage is that the chins are actually in the litter, rather than on a raised wire floor above a litter tray.  Litter often is scattered out of the cage onto the floor creating a daily cleaning ritual around the cage.  There are guards that can be purchased separately and attached around the outside of the cage bottom that are supposed to keep the litter off the floor.  We have been told by a client that they work well.  We recommend purchasing more shelves than what the cage comes with, or you can make your own.  We have provided instructions for making your own similar shelves, either for additional shelves or for replacements. They are simple and inexpensive to make and install. The optional stand is unnecessary in our opinion, but may be used if you wish.  We recommend the 15" chin-spin or the flying saucer wheels (both of which we own and use here) as safe, well made and durable choices.  Please note: The only exercise wheels sold by Quality Cage we feel are chinchilla safe and appropriate for chinchillas are the two listed above.  The cage guards to keep the litter inside the cage are also found on this page.

 

Martin’s Cages (http://www.martinscages.com/products/cages/chinchilla/)

We recommend the Highrise model.  Unless you have several chins that will live together, we don’t find the Townhouse to be of a practical size.  We have had two similarly sized cages (30x36x48) and there was a ton of wasted unusable space in them.  These cages do not collapse for transport but they are well constructed and are of a safe mesh size (1/2"x1") wire.  We have six Martin’s Highrises and really like them, four came in with rescues, the other two we purchased for two of our own chins.  We highly recommend the slide-out pan for the small extra charge.  The slide-out style has a wire floor suspended above the litter tray, the drop-in style cages do not, but one may be special ordered for a small additional charge.  The drop-in style means that you have to lift the cage out of the pan to clean the cage.  Lifting a 4 foot cage off a base and moving it aside and then replacing it is not only time consuming, it can get old, really quick.  This is speaking from experience, as we have other cages that are drop-in style.  It takes twice as long to clean them as it does the slide-out style.  If you have a bad back or trouble lifting, do yourself a favor and go with the slide-out tray.  With the Martin’s cages, we recommend gutting them (except for the wire directly above the pan) and adding your own wooden shelving (again, we have provided instructions for these).  We also have wooden shelving packages available for purchase (made to order) that include a sturdy, large-sized sleeping hut.  Ramps are not necessary for chinchillas, and can sometimes be dangerous.  The wire floors are hard on little chinchilla feet!  If you decided to retain the wire shelves, you would need to provide several places where your chin could sit on something other than the wire.

 

 

CBC Cages (http://stores.ebay.com/CBC-Small-Animal-Cages-and-Supplies)

 

 

 

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