Correctly and properly set up the cage for the chinchilla is one of the most important tasks for the owner of a furry pet.Because active and moving chinchillas need a large space for free movement. Therefore, to encumber the interior space of a small cage ladders, hammocks, tunnels and toys is highly undesirable. Furnished housing a pet, you should divide it into several sections:
- feeding place, which will house a drinking bottle, feeder and Siennica;
- the area where install house;
- the plot for the toilet, which put the litter;
- area for games and entertainment, where you can put a running wheel, tunnels and toys (if the size of the cells).
Important: the area with drinker and feeder should be located away from areas of the cell that are dedicated to entertainment or toilet. Otherwise, debris and animal feces can get into the food, which often leads to food poisoning in the animals.
Equipment shelves and ladders
Fluffy rodents move in jumps, starting from the surface of the rear paws. It is therefore necessary to equip the cage for the chinchilla shelves that are used for Pets the kind of exercise equipment.
The best option would be to install three or four shelves on different levels so that the animal could, at its discretion, to change the location, leaping from one shelf to another. Shelves are fitted at a safe height not exceeding eighty centimeters.
If you purchased a cage is not enough shelves, the owner can easily do at home. For this purpose, using wooden boards, vypilivaya shelf and securely attaching it to the bars of the cage.
Leaning against the shelves or the walls of a cage ladder for chinchilla will be a real gift. The rodent will be delighted for her to climb or to use as a grindstone for teeth. Ladder for chinchillas can be both vertical and horizontal, in the form of a suspended bridge.
Ladders also can be made of wooden twigs, fastened together with rope or thick thread.
Important: chinchilla can resist the temptation to chew on a wooden shelf or a ladder. Therefore, for the manufacture of these accessories cannot be selected coniferous trees, cherry or oak. The wood of these species contains resins and tannins that once in the body of the animal, will lead to problems with digestion.
Equipment cell: Essentials
To ensure the animal is comfortable conditions, the owner should take care of the necessary accessories and items that must be present in the rodent cage.
What should be in a cage the chinchilla
The list of mandatory accessories small and relatively cheap. Especially because most of them can be made with your own hands from scrap materials.
One of the main attributes of the cell is a feeder. Place for feeders choose to have the animal it was free access. It is best to install a bird feeder near one of the shelves, securely attaching it to the bars of the cage.
Small rodents drink a little, but fresh, clean water should they be constantly. The drinker come near the feeder.
In addition to the main feed, the diet of the chinchillas should be supplemented with quality hay, which improves digestion furry rodent. But just to put a bundle of hay on the bottom of the home is not recommended, as the animal will scatter it throughout your home. Therefore, an important accessory at the equipment cage is a special Siennica, which is also set in the feeding area.
These animals need a safe place, so the chinchilla cage must be house. Given the fact that furry Pets are nocturnal, the house it is advisable to install at least the illuminated area of the cell.
For taking sand baths, which help the animals cleaned their luxurious fur, need the chinchilla in the cage to put a special bathing. But though the tray is a necessary accessory for these animals, put it in the cage only for a short time and removed after the animal is bathed. Therefore, to allocate a separate place for bathing, there is no need.
From the furry rodents teeth grow all their lives and the animals they need to be ground off. For this purpose, in a cage hung from a salt or mineral stone.
Neat and tidy chinchillas are pretty easy to accustom to urinate in the tray. As toilet for small pet can act as a special pan and a small baking dish. Typically, the chinchilla chooses a place for the toilet and that she used the tray for the purpose, it is desirable to deliver to the chosen pet area.
Secondary attributes for pet
Chinchillas love to play and frolic. And if the pet is big and spacious cage, it is possible to please him entertaining area where the pet loves to play.
- running wheel. Some chinchillas are delighted to run in the wheel. The main rule is for security purposes, it should be very fine mesh, so that during movement it does not stuck the paw of the animal;
- hammock. The pet will use a stretched between the shelves hammock, like a swing or place;
- tunnel. Furry animals like to hide in secluded places, and it is useful to put in a cage tunnels for chinchillas;
- toys. To chinchilla was not bored can be hung from the cell ceiling, strung on a rope wooden rings or bells.
Options for filler cells
Do I need a litter for chinchillas and which is better to use as filler for the tray of the cage?
It is believed that chinchillas unlike other household pests, almost no smell, but this is not true. Their stool do not have a sharp and unpleasant smell, but if the pet will urinate directly into the plastic tray, then it will have to be cleaned every day and washed.
Therefore, the filler for the chinchillas though optional but important attribute that help keep animal housing clean.
Types of filler:
- wood filler in the form of pellets made of pressed sawdust;
- dry straw;
- flooring from corn;
- normal toilet paper.
It is best to choose a wood or corn filler, which perfectly hold odors. But the cost is quite high, so many owners use as flooring paper or straw.
Important: do not pour in a cage chinchilla pine filler. Animal definitely try it out, and the resin of coniferous trees dangerous to the health of these animals.
In your own home chinchilla should feel convenient and comfortable, so it's best to equip his cage is practical and necessary items, not beautiful, but completely useless accessories.