At home, these wonderful animalsusually kept singly or in pairs. In nature, they live in a mountainous area, so a cage for a chinchilla must certainly correspond to the biology of these animals and their way of life.
Before you buy yourself this cuteanimal, it is worth taking care of his place of residence in your apartment. A cage for a chinchilla can not be small, it should be quite spacious. They are not suitable for keeping animals smaller than 80x80x60 cm. These animals are quite large, so the cage for chinchillas measuring 90x90x60 cm will be the most suitable for living one animal. If you decide to have not one but several animals, the cell size should be even larger.
Very convenient metal cells with a retractablepallets, because during cleaning, they are not damaged by treatment with disinfectant solutions and boiling water. Such a cage for chinchilla has a high plastic rim that prevents feed, hay and sawdust from getting into the cell. Chinchillas are very active animals, so keeping them in a cage without side walls involves daily cleaning of the area around the cage. The only disadvantage of a metal cage is a fairly high cost.
The ideal way to keep these animalsis a special multi-tiered, high cage for chinchillas, equipped with shelves, steps, tunnels, gangways, hammocks and a comfortable house in which they can hide. The lower part of this cell is covered with glass, so that food, sawdust, hay and sand do not pour out of the cage. In such a cell, there are hanging feeders and drinking bowls that prevent contamination of food and water by debris and animal excrement. In the corner there is a manger in which they put hay. At the bottom of this house is filled with sawdust. You can not use for this purpose sawdust of coniferous trees, containing tar and having a sharp odor.
If you put in a small chinchill forcorner tray with a special filler, she gradually accustoms to cope their need in the tray, which greatly facilitates the care of the animal. A cell for a chinchilla should have a specially allocated place, where twigs, wooden sticks, mineral stones for grinding teeth are located. Otherwise, toothy pets will do this procedure with your furniture when you let them walk around the apartment.
There must be a place for a bath in the cage. These animals need a bath in the sand. Thus, they clean their smart coat, so every day for a couple of hours in a cage they put a special container with volcanic sand.
To keep a family of chinchillas more suitable notcell, and an enclosure, which is divided into several boxes for females, which are connected to each other by a tunnel for the male. In each of the boxes are placed a separate drinking bowl, a feeder and a house.
People who have a clue about a hammer, nails and wood can make cages for chinchillas by their own hands. In the manufacture of cells should comply with such rules:
- all connections must be free of cracks;
- Cell walls (at least 3 of them) should be made of a metal mesh (so it will be well ventilated).
- the mesh should be made of stainless steel with a thickness of at least 2 mm.
Skeleton cells are usually made of boards,getinaksa or organic glass. The frame is fixed with screws or glued with special glue. When assembling the cell frame over the middle lath, a small lumen is made for the door. The door must be of sufficient size in order to freely remove the animal from the cage. It can be made from Getinax or Plexiglass. The pallet slit is 4 cm high.