If you have a pet chinchilla and you really want it to be a happy animal, it is best to construct a custom chinchilla cage. This is because chinchillas have some special needs. Their natural habitat is high up in the Andes mountains of South America, at altitudes of around 12,00 feet, where they are used to low temperatures and low humidity. They like to sleep and hide in small caves and holes along the rocky ledges where they live, they enjoy climbing, they like to chew on things, and they are nocturnal. You should always keep these facts in mind when you make your chinchilla cage plans. If you do, your homemade cage can be a wonderful habitat for your pet.
Ideally, you should make a large chinchilla cage consisting of several levels connected by ramps, so your chinchilla can climb to her hearts content. Add some branches and rocks, an exercise wheel about 15 inches around, and some wood chew toys to the chinchilla cage. Make sure the wood for the branches and chew toys is nontoxic, such as apple or mulberry, and unpainted. Add some wooden boxes and four inch lengths of y-shaped or t-shaped plumbing pipes made out of PVC for your pet to hide in, and your chinchilla’s activity needs will be well satisfied.
A cage for a chinchilla should be made out of wire mesh that is not painted or treated. On the bottom of the cage, and below each level if it is multi-level, you should have drawers you can easily slide out to remove droppings. Proper chinchilla cage bedding is important. A cool, quiet room is an ideal place to situate the cage. For chinchilla health to be at its best, have plenty of water available in a glass bottle with a metal spout, attach food dishes to the sides so they will not be tipped over, and make sure the temperature always stays well below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.