March 29, 2023 by Umair Shahid
Your house is a safe place for you. But is it safe for your chinchilla? No. You can proof a room for a chinchilla by selecting a suitable room that has proper wall safety, and avoiding chewing of carpet.
In addition to that, you can block all entrances and exits, tidy up a room, recliner, and other furniture, and never put chinchilla unsupervised. We will discuss all points in detail in the following paragraphs.
In this article, I’m going to discuss why a chinchilla needs a room and which precautionary measures we should take to make our homes safe for chinchillas.
How to chinchilla-proof a room.
You can’t put your chin all time in the cage. According to the vet, it is vital to give them time outside the cage to interact and socialize with you and explore the surroundings.
Possibly choose a room with no wires. I suggest a bathroom that will prove the best room for your little chin and is easy to clean out.
All the steps that we take to prepare a safe room for a chinchilla are called chinchilla proofing, or chin proof in short. It involves several steps that result in the safe moves of your pet. Chinchillas are very active but they can’t recognize which things harm them.
This is why I recommend you provide the best care for your chinchilla and keep it safe. Let’s discuss some of the situations which may come up when chinchillas proof your choice of room and ensure that you haven’t missed any point of your care.
Now we should have a look at the steps taken to proof a room for a chinchilla.
Which room will be suitable?
Chin proofing room is more likely to be childproof with few precautions and considerations. Many ordinary things may cause serious injuries to your pet.
You should remove cords or use the protected shield, tide the wires, or possibly choose a room without wires, and underneath holes must be covered.
- Check the safety aspects of the room it may damage certain things in the room.
- Close all doors and windows so that your chinchilla may not escape.
- Make room free of indoor plants. They may cause hazards for your chinchilla to eat.
- It is best to choose a room without a carpet. Your pet will be at risk if it chews the carpet.
- The room must be only for chinchillas, shift all other pets from that room.
- Block all the holes in the room.
- Cover electrical outlets and cords.
- Protect all chewable items like wires, curtains, and leather items.
Now we will discuss all measures one by one.
1. Walls and trims.
Chinchillas love to chew walls and trim should be protected. Once they jump they never forget to do it. They continued trying to do that.
There is an option to save them with cardboard. The individual cardboard may be taped together to keep them from separating.
Chinchillas are also known to peel the paint and surface paper of the walls. Baseboards and trim work are also heart favorites of chinchillas to chew.
2. Avoid Chewing on carpets.
It is not common for chinchillas they chew carpets. According to the vet, chewing on carpets may lead to serious issues such as intestinal blockage and poisoning.
If a chin chews in the fibers of carpet they can form a solid mass blocking off the intestines. It is deadly if not treated.
Keep an eye on the movements of chinchillas and stop at once when they start chewing anything like this.
3. Secure all Entrances and Exits.
A necessary element while leaving a chinchilla in the room is to make sure that there is no way through which your chinchilla may escape. You must be aware of every entrance and exit of the room.
It only takes a few moments for a chin to escape through a slightly open door and run away. It causes all sorts of trouble for you and your chin as well.
4. Tidy Up the Room.
Tidy up for chinchilla? This means to sort all things which may attract the chinchilla and cause serious problems
The first thing to discuss with you is that chinchillas love to chew roots as they first live in burrows so they feel wires like roots and love to chew them.
In fact, by clearing roots they will be able to make their burrows clear and able to live. As such when your rodent sees a wire it gets happy that he found a root.
It wastes no time to eat it. It is not only dangerous for your pet but a frayed wire could burn your house down.
There are ways to solve this problem. Try to run wires high up the walls rather than along the ground.
5. Things made of plastic are dangerous
Chinchillas like those things which trim their teeth. So they like to chew things made of plastic even toys.
Anything accidentally swallowed can be stuck to their stomach and is quite deadly. In short tidy away all things in the room which can cause harm to the chin and your house as well.
6. Things made of cotton.
Cotton can also stuck in your pet’s stomach if it is chewed.
If you don’t want your chinchilla to pee on it or chew it then simply remove it.
7. Recliners and Other Furniture:
Heavy furniture and recliners can be a problem for chinchillas either chew or hide under, behind, or in them.
They will chew it without any distinction of material. Chewing on the fabric can cause a digestive problem and chew on furniture is deadly for them due to polishing and finishing. They can also get trapped under or behind the furniture.
To protect them from such types of situations a small animal pen play or cardboard as blocking access can be used.
Holes are the favorite place of chinchillas no matter where these holes go. Loose chinchilla will find it in no time. No matter how small a hole is, it will squeeze through it easily. Once they get in it is difficult for them to come out on their own.
For chinchillas and their owners, it is best to avoid this. To make sure that there is no hole in the chin room. Never assume that the hole is quite small. Soon your pet will prove that your assumption is wrong.
9. Never leave chinchilla unsupervised
Avoid leaving your pet unattended even for a short time. Chinchilla can jump up to five to six feet in the air if your playpen is not as high as it can contain then it will escape easily.
Sometimes playpen has bars through which the chinchilla can squeeze easily. They are not as big as they look only their fur makes them puffy.
All the above steps will make your room proof for a chinchilla. If your pet ever gets out of its pen, you do not need to chase it around the area this will make your pet panic. Just gently get it to come to you by offering its favorite food.
How to chinchilla-proof a Bathroom.
We suggest you chinchilla proofing room a bathroom is best over any other room in the house.
The reason is that bathroom is small and has few entrances and exits, and the door normally has a lock, but if you select the bathroom there are extra things you need to do. These things will not bother you a lot.
Keep the toilet lid down.
As we already discussed the jumping and climbing ability of chinchillas. They can stand on the flat surface of the toilet but it doesn’t know if the seat is up, there is a big pool of water it shall fall in. This has happened to so many owners and they lose their pets.
Make sure the bathroom is dry.
You don’t want the sink of your pet. Empty the bathtub and dry the floor so that it can easily move and play without any injury. As it loves to jump, it will try to jump from one place to another if the floor is wet it may slip while jumping.
Having a small home cannot afford a separate room for a chinchilla. Where it can move freely?
It has a very easy solution to using your bathroom. Chinchilla plays and runs around in the bathroom. The floors can easily be cleaned if he pees or prose. Just remove the rug and dustbin.
Can you let chinchillas move freely?
Chinchillas are not domestic animals and you can’t train them enough. They love to chew things without any distinction of material. Simply we can’t let chinchillas out of their cage without preparing their room.
According to the vet, they don’t like to live all-time in cages, as cages are not so high that they roam freely and jump up so this may result in damage to their health.
So, if you haven’t prepared a room for your pet it may catch in trouble by wandering around the room freely.
Can chinchillas live with other animals?
It is not a good idea to allow your other pets like cats and dogs to live with your chinchilla. I do not recommend it. A chinchilla is fragile and quickly becomes stressed, it is not a good idea and not worth the risk.
Learning how to chinchilla-proof a room is not difficult. It only requires some precautionary acts while leaving it from the cage and interacting with you for the first time.
Check all the points that make chinchilla-proof a room to keep your chinchilla safe. It is also meant to keep your home safe from any damage your chinchilla may inadvertently cause.
So love your chinchilla by adopting the steps of the chinchilla-proof room. These steps include selecting a suitable room, tidying up extra materials, covering the holes, and keeping away things made up of plastic, cotton, and even carpet.
I am a proud veterinarian from Lahore, Pakistan. A passionate animal lover who pursued her passion for animal care as a career.
My eagerness to learn and my love for animals grew stronger even during my teenage days. Having a lovely pet, a German Shepherd, in my home allowed me to bond with animals in the best way.
This bonding with my pet provided me with a firm foundation to research and preach about the best animal care methods.