June 21, 2022 by Umair Shahid
Want to travel with your pet? But chinchillas are so skittish that traveling with them can give you a stressful time. If you want to travel with your chinchilla then you have to consider a few tips and tricks before traveling.
You have to provide them with a constant temperature. Moreover, you should have a chinchilla travel cage and granite tile. Don’t forget to store food and water for them.
I know that traveling with these pets is very stressful and difficult, for both you and your pet. I would recommend you should never forget to make a list of little chin things e.g temporary cage, chew toys, bedding, bowls, etc.
If you want your pet not to be stressed out during traveling, and you want your pet to remain comfortable then, you should carry a traveling cage or carrier with you. You should also carry your blanket and pet toys with you on the trip because a busy little chin is always a happy little chin.
I would recommend you to travel at night because it is the ideal time to travel as there is less traffic and noise pollution at night.
Moreover, the temperature will be also low. In addition to this, car travel is the best option because you can avoid hard turns.
Don’t forget to bring packed food and a water bottle with you. Otherwise, this will be a miserable trip, you must carry appropriate foods with you that your pet can eat.
Travel advising points with Chinchilla
1. Make your list
Before starting your journey, make sure to write down all the necessary things. Otherwise, you will end up in a situation where you have arrived at your trip place and forgot your pet’s hay and water.
Making a list is a great way to ensure that you have every necessary travel thing.
2. Temperature Must be Cold
Chinchillas are very sensitive to temperature. I don’t advise you at all to bring your Chinchilla out during the summer seasons.
Always go to places where you and your pet both can enjoy the sunlight. Don’t let your chin overheat as it can cause heatstroke.
I repeat, Don’t dare to bring your pet with you if you are going toward any warm or humid place.
Furthermore, Before starting your journey, make sure that the temperature of your vehicle is according to your pet’s needs.
Your first choice should be to travel at night, but if you are not traveling at night because of any problem then, make sure your vehicle’s AC works well.
The suitable temperature for these pets is between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Comfortable Travel Carriers.
Plan final for a trip? But now you are worried about how to carry your pet with you. If your pet’s home cage can’t be fixed in-vehicle Then I would recommend you to buy a travel carrier or travel cage.
It is the best option for any trip and it will help you on all future trips. Travel carriers are completely safe and comfortable for your pet. Furthermore, they are breathable.
Travel cages should not be made up of fabric, screen mesh, or cardboard carriers. Otherwise, your pet will eat it up.
Your pet’s cage should have proper ventilation because these pets overheat very rapidly. Don’t cover the cage, for proper air circulation. If you don’t have any option, it is possible to carry a little chin in a plastic case, but not for a long time.
4. Stored food
If you’re traveling with your chin, don’t provide them food in the cage, as bumps on the road can dump their food everywhere. Moreover, your pet can get wet which may lead to several skin infections.
You might be asking yourself, why should you starve your pet during the journey. No, you shouldn’t starve them. Instead, you have to make frequent stops and provide them food frequently according to their needs.
5. Travel at night
I would recommend you to travel at night because there is less traffic at that time. Furthermore, noise pollution can make your pet very stressed during traveling. And the good news is, temperatures are lower during nighttime.
If you’re worried that Chinchillas are more active during nighttime, then don’t worry they are crepuscular. This means that they’re mostly active at dawn and dusk, and they sleep during night and daytime.
6. Be prepared
As Chinchillas are very sensitive to temperature, you have to be prepared in case your vehicle breaks down.
I would recommend you carry a few frozen water bottles with you. In addition to this, you should have a cooler full of ice. It will help you to give cold compresses to your chin in case of an emergency.
Another good idea is that you can buy small tiles from any house improvement store. Keep these granites or any other tiles in the fridge until you leave for the trip.
Then, place them in frozen water bottles. After that, place these tiles in the cage, it will continue to cool them.
7. Place your Chinchilla on top
If you have a lot of luggage along with your pet cage, don’t forget to put your pet’s cage on the top of your luggage. If you put other boxes on the top of Chinchilla’s cage, due to bumps and road vibration, they can hurt your pet.
In addition to this, luggage can also damage your Chinchilla’s cage.
Furthermore, a cage will get trapped and it can lead to the trapping of heat inside the cage. This can lead to overheating of your pet.
8. Size of the travel carrier
Ensure that the travel carrier of your pet is of the ideal size. Neither should your pet feel suffocated nor should he fall out of the cage. In addition to this, don’t leave your pet outside in public places. Chinchilla is still an animal, it may get stolen, lost, or injured.
9. Don’t put your pet outside the cage
If you suspect that your Chinchilla is stressful because of your journey, don’t let it out. You might think that you can handle it gently and will comfort it. Moreover, you can provide it treat.
But believe me, this will be a foolish act. Because stressed Chinchillas are the unpredictable ones. Once they’re out of the cage, they can hide and even they can bite you.
Instead, you should try to comfort them inside their cages. Offer them treats to comfort them.
10. Make your pet familiar with the travel cages
All of a sudden, if you put your pet in the cage and start traveling. It will be very stressful for your Chinchilla. He may stop eating for a day or so. So, to avoid this stress you should put that travel carrier in the playroom with your pet.
Once your pet gets familiarized with the travel carrier, he may not be stressed during the journey and will enjoy a good time with their pet owner.
11. Car travel is a better option
The best vehicle to travel along with your pet is a car. The pros of traveling in the car are; that you can control the speed limit according to your desires. In addition to this, you can avoid hard turns, and can gently cross bumps.
Moreover, you can keep the internal temperature of your car according to your and your pet’s health. Furthermore, you can make frequent stops and can feed your Chinchilla accordingly.
When you travel by bus or train, make sure to provide them with a comfortable environment. The best way is to buy another seat for your little chin.
If you travel by air, most probably your pet will be placed in the cargo area for the entire journey. In this case, you have to provide them with enough hay and water, and other essentials as you will only be able to check on your pet after landing.
Chinchilla Travel Cage Setup.
You shouldn’t close your little chin alone in the cage. Just like humans, they also need essentials to survive such as food, water, pillow, hay, etc. And the important things you should consider are:
Pillow should be made up of fleece, not towel material. The towel material things irritate these soft chins. Provide them with proper bedding like shredded ink-free paper, fleece, etc.
Hay is necessary for your Chinchilla. It provides the fiber, they have continuously growing teeth so they must need anything chewable. You have to provide them hay all the time whether at home or during traveling.
Mostly, little chins don’t drink water during traveling. But you should have a sufficient supply of water.
Don’t attach the water bottle to your pet’s cage. Instead of it offer them water periodically. Otherwise, the attached water bottle may shake and the water in it would leak.
Chew toys are compulsory, especially during the journey. Because if they will remain busy, the journey will be less stressful for them. Without chew toys, they will chew everything that comes on their way.
Which Food Can Eat Before Travelling by Aeroplane.
Little chins can eat dry pellets before traveling. Fruits and vegetables must be avoided. Furthermore, I recommend you consult your pet’s vet before starting your journey.
Before leaving the home, make sure that you have a sufficient diet available for your little chin. Some airlines only provide water bottles for your pet.
Why shouldn’t we attach a water bottle to a pet’s cage during traveling?
Attaching a water bottle with a cage is not a good option. When the cage will shake as a result of road vibration and road bumps, the water may leak out of the bottle. Even if it becomes unattached, it can injure your pet.
Instead of this, you should make frequent stops during your journey and offer them water frequently. Moreover, leaky water will make your pet wet. As a result, it can suffer a lot and even skin infections can occur.
Are cardboard carriers convenient for Chinchillas during traveling?
Not at all. As traveling is already stressful for your pet, it chews more during stressful times. If you will put your pet in a cardboard cage, surely he will eat it up.
As a result, your pet will be out of the cage. And a stressful pet is always a dangerous one. And it will make very stressful moves that can ruin your whole journey.
Can Chinchillas travel on an airplane?
I don’t have any experience to travel by air with my Chinchilla. Chinchillas can travel by airplane. But for your convenience, I would recommend you to call the airlines and ask for their pet policies. Through this, you can choose a better option for you and your pet.
Most airlines put their pets in the cargo area. And you will only be able to check on your pet after landing. If you can’t bear this, then find out the airline that allows you to place your little chin in the cabin.
The best advice I can give as a pet owner is to avoid traveling with your pet. A Pet sitter is always the best option.
You can hand over your pet to someone already familiar with your Chinchilla. I am always able to have a close friend for my pet sit.
If it is necessary to travel with your Chinchilla, then the first thing you should keep in mind is temperature changes. Chinchillas are very sensitive and they always require a cool environment because of their dense fur.
If your home pet cage is not fitting inside the vehicle, you should buy a travel carrier, made up of good material. The cage should be according to your pet’s size. Neither should your pet feel suffocated nor should he fall out of the cage.
You have to provide them with a cold environment, in addition to this, don’t forget to provide them with hay all the time. Although, putting food and water all the time in a travel carrier is not a good option because it can leak everywhere.
Provide them everything in the carrier like water, hay, chewable toys, bedding, pillow, etc.
Traveling at night is more convenient for your pet because there is less traffic and thus less noise pollution which can make your pet stressed.
Traveling by car is more convenient because you can maintain the temperature and car speed according to your need. Moreover, you can make frequent stops to feed your pet.
I would recommend you avoid traveling with your pet. A Pet sitter is a better option.
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.