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Chinchilla Housing

Chinchillas can best be kept in cages. They can be very active so a large cage is essential. They enjoy climbing and jumping so the cage should have multiple levels. If the cage has a wire bottom there should be a solid floor in part of the cage so that the animal isn't constantly standing on wire.


When looking for a location to place your animals, follow these guidelines:


  • Away from dampness.


  • Not too close to a heat source.


  • Not near drafty areas.


  • Protected from outside intruders.


  • Out of direct sunlight.


  • Plenty of air circulation without blowing directly on them.


  • In a cage that is open for plenty of air circulation.


Temperatures should not exceed 80°F in the summer or drop below 50°F in the winter. They may need to be kept warmer than the minimum in the winter if you are on wire bottomed cages and babies are expected, and colder in the summer if the humidity is high.


Animals like a nice, clean cage and good breathable air. Although many owners prefer a very large cage, it is not necessary. Chinchillas don’t require a lot of exercise.


Guidelines have been established for minimum cage size:


  • 2200 cu. in. for breeders


  • 1500 cu. in. for a single animal


  • One square foot of floor space or eight cubic feet of room space per animal


  • 3000 animals in a 38’ x 80’ room with an 8’ ceiling (38’ x 30’ x 8’)


A layer of bedding material should cover the bottom of the cage. A hiding space is essential.


Exotic Nutrition™ supports legitimate scientific research projects with financial donations to help advance the health and well-being of Sugar Gliders and other exotic mammals. A percentage of the profits from sales goes toward funding of these scientific projects. We hope you will join us in our quest to advance research in the exotic mammal health care fields.


The Exotic Nutrition Pet Company specializes in the manufacture and distribution of exotic mammal feeds, supplements, and accessories. Our facility is located in Southeastern Virginia.


We have always prided ourselves in meeting the needs of our exotic mammal friends when they are kept in captivity, and have always strived to bring the finest quality animal diets and accessories to conscience pet owners worldwide. Ensuring the health and well-being of your captive exotic is our main concern.


We are, and will continue to be, a company whose objective is to deliver the best possible products and services at an affordable price. Our company stands behind the products that we manufacture, and continuously monitors quality and freshness to offer you, and your pets, the highest quality foods, supplements, and accessories for exotics available.


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