Safety is a big concern with chinchillas. While they are hearty little
guys, they are also fearless, sometimes to their own detriment. A basic
rule to follow is that if they can get their leg or paw through it, they can get
their leg or paw stuck in it.
Many chin legs have been broken and lives
lost from products that are marketed FOR chins!
Below is a list of products that are
dangerous to chins, if you know of any others that I should add, please let me
|Wire hay racks
||The type that hang on the side of the cage. chins
go bouncing around their cage
|Exercise wheels with
||These are SO dangerous for chins. Their legs can
get caught and amputated.
||Like houses. The glue that is used to make these
boards is toxic to chins. We use melamine for our cages, and that is
pressboard, but the pressboard is coated and they are not exposed to any part that they could chew on.
||The kind that hamsters are put in. Chins can
overheat and die as a result of these balls.
|Cleaning Products (lysol,
||Be very careful with any strong smelling cleaning
products around chins. Chins are very sensitive and could become ill
I use vinegar and water mixed to clean my cages.