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 necessary.
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.
chinchillas are apt to investigate things by biting them. This means that you need to protect your
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.
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.
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
houseplants in reach (or fallen leaves to chew on).
chemicals and cleaners, : cleaners,
chemicals, and medicines should safely out of reach
things that could harm your chinchilla if bitten or swallowed.
precautions: turn off space heaters (keep in mind that chinchillas overheat easily).
plastic bags in reach.
doors and windows closed .
items that could be chewed and swallowed.
will probably also want to protect your favourite belongings, books, and furniture from your
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.
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.
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.
for fraying fabrics or threads / strings which could be ingested.
other pets from room (unless absolutely certain interactions will be friendly).
objects painted with lead paint in the room. Also make sure any lead drapery weights are removed.
access to garbage cans or waste baskets.
ash trays (risk of tobacco/nicotine poisoning).
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.