June 24, 2022 by Umair Shahid
The lifestyle routine of a chinchilla comprises eating, playing, and, most importantly, sleeping. After a long day of jumping and playing with toys, they prefer to rest in a cozy and comfortable place. A hammock is a great addition to your chinchilla’s home, as it provides a perfect spot for your chinchilla to rest and have some private time.
Hammocks are available in a variety of different sizes with variable build qualities. They are an inexpensive yet efficient way of making a relaxing station for your beloved pet. Hammocks not only offer them a soft place to rest but are also useful if your chinchilla is feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
Do Chinchillas Like Hammocks
You can find a vast range of hammocks depending on the size of your chinchilla. Of course, not all hammocks are not created equal and you’ve to look for the one that best suits your furry friend. Apart from dust baths, chinchillas are very enthusiastic about resting themselves in hammocks during the daytime. These crepuscular animals love the soft and vibrant material of hammocks and you’ll be amazed to see how well they like them.
Choosing a Right Hammock for your Chinchilla
Nothing beats a hammock that is sleeky soft with utmost reliability and ease of use. Your chinchilla will prefer to doze off more in a hammock made of fleece material. Make sure the fabric must be breathable as chinchillas are quite sensitive to heat. As chinchillas spend most of the daytime resting and sleeping, consider getting one with high durability and washability.
Another thing to consider while you plan to get a hammock for your chinchilla is the size. Most of the commercially available hammocks are large enough to fit inside the cage. Your lovely chinchilla will be more comfortable when he’ll be able to snuggle and rest inappropriate size hammock. If the size of your chinchilla is bigger than the hammock, he won’t be able to rest correctly and become lethargic and dull.
As a veterinarian, I always suggest my clients look for a hammock that doesn’t stick to the chinchilla’s fur. A fur sticking hammock will provide poor breathability and results in discomfort for your furry angel. The straps of the hammock should be adjustable to provide an appropriate height for your chinchilla to climb on as many times as he wants.
If you have a pair of chinchillas, you can use a bigger one outside the cage, as these social cuties won’t mind sharing one. Most of the hammocks are washable with greater affordability and are year-long reliable.
Introducing a Hammock for the First Time
It is not always necessary that your chinchilla doesn’t like a hammock at all. Similarly, he or she may not show any interest in this cozy place when you first introduce it in the cage. It is quite important to make your chinchilla accustomed to this new relaxing spot. Sometimes, chinchillas occasionally start to climb over newly placed hammocks.
If your chinchilla is not so much concerned about the newly bought hammock, you should wait for some time. Chinchillas have an instinctive behavior of climbing and they’ll prefer to stay on high ground. With great adaptability, your furry friend will start noticing and climbing over the hammock to rest on.
In my opinion, when chinchillas are used to using hammocks, they love the softness and comfort. Make sure to place the hammock close to a climbing shelf so that he or she will frequently notice it and start to investigate why you placed it. Chinchillas may perform their sleep sessions three to four times per day on a hammock. Surely that’s a great resting spot, isn’t it?
Hammock Rejection in Chinchillas
Although it is very uncommon that your chinchilla will not pay any interest and doesn’t like the hammock at all. But I advised you to not give up on the process and keep trying and monitoring it. Chinchillas are shy animals and it is very likely that they are using your newly gifted hammock secretly in your absence.
Nevertheless, the physical characteristics of hammocks have a huge impact on the likeness of your chinchilla. To put this into perspective, many chinchillas don’t like the vibrant colored hammocks while others love to climb on them. Similarly, the quality of fleece may confuse your chinchilla if he or she should use it or not.
In such cases, try a differently designed hammock or change the placement position of it in or outside the cage. You must spare a large space over the hammock for your chinchilla to enter and rest. Don’t worry if your chinchilla doesn’t love spending time on the hammock because he or she surely will once realize its relaxing importance.
Safety Concerns Regarding Hammocks
No doubt, exotic animal experts recommend getting the right-sized hammock for your chinchilla. This is by far the greatest addition besides a hiding spot and a dust bath in a chinchilla’s cage. But there are always some important factors you must focus on for the safety of your social angel. As I’ve mentioned earlier, all hammocks are not created equal and there are some precautions you must take.
As a veterinarian, I recommend you don’t rely on then labeled brands fluently claiming the natural and safe build quality. Chinchillas have a natural behavior of chewing things and the wrong fabric material may possess safety hazards for them. The toxic processing chemicals of a cheap and locally manufactured hammock not only impact chinchilla’s health but also induce choking hazards.
If you ask me about the safest and most reliable hammock material, I recommend you get a fleece one. The soft and non-toxic material not only provides a smoothly finished resting surface but also possesses no toxicity to your furry chinchilla. Additionally, fleece is strong and durable enough for your chinchilla to use as a washroom.
Another thing you must look for while getting a new hammock is the injury-causing sharp metal hooks. I’ve seen cases of chinchillas getting their mouth injured by chewing on the sharp metallic clips of hammocks. Make sure you get one with blunt-ended clips and also check for the strongness of the straps. To sum this up, you must aim at getting a hammock with the least safety concerns and safely chewable fabric material.
What should I look for while buying a good-quality hammock for my chinchilla?
There are many exotic pet stores and online shops selling excellent quality hammocks. Be sure the hammock you buy is made of soft fleece material and has strong straps and blunt-ended hooks.
What to do if my chinchilla doesn’t like a hammock?
Chinchillas prefer high places to climb and rest on. There are chances your chinchilla will reject using the hammock. You should look for possible causes such as low build quality, inappropriate hanging height, and color. Correcting the possible cause will make your chinchilla fall in love with the new hammock, for sure.
Should I be worried if my chinchilla is chewing on the hammock?
Many locally manufactured hammocks are made of chemically treated toxic chemicals. The foremost thing you can do is to buy one with non-toxic soft fleece material. You can stop him or her from chewing on the hammock by providing toys in the cage.
If you’re confused about whether you should buy a hammock for your beloved chinchilla or not, I advise you to get one of premium quality. It is very likely that your chinchilla will love the new hammock and start using it more frequently. A hammock is an ideal cage accessory to bring joy and comfortable excitement to your chinchilla’s life.
I’d love to hear your thoughts after you get one for your chinchilla and the activity he or she’ll do while using one. Will your chinchilla only use it for hanging out or like to sleep in as his or her private restroom?
I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and have a keen interest in animal health care. Working as a veterinary content writer, I intend to stay with professional approach in producing quality content. I like research-based reading and currently seeking my veterinary profession. My hobbies are travelling to exotic places and observing nature to the fullest.