Chinchilla Shopping List
I am providing you with a list of items that I personally use for my chinchilla. I remember when I began, it was so hard trying to find all the things I needed! I hope this is helpful.
Basic Accessories you will need include:
- a hay rack (unless one is built into the cage),
- a water bottle,
- a food dish which cannot be knocked over,
- a dust bath,
- food and hay, – Mazuri pellets and alfalfa cubes
- chinchilla dust or chinchilla sand. Do not use ordinary sand as this is too coarse.
- litter – wood based cat litter is ok. Alternatively, you may line the litter tray with newspaper provided the chins cannot reach the paper. Do not use sawdust as this is too fine, and do not use cedar wood shavings (cedar is harmful to chins).
- pine box for hiding and chewing
- lava rocks,
Items which are suitable to leave in your chinchillas’ cage are:
- hanging parrot toys
- sisal ropes (again designed for parrots, but chins love them)
- pieces of pumice stone
- some rabbit or large hamster toys
- wood or branches, e.g. kiln dried pine (not fresh pine), apple, pear, or willow.
- stuffed Booda buddy
Optional, But will help keep your Chinchilla healthy and happy!
Other items you may wish to purchase right away or could need in the future are listed below.
- Ledges and levels
- Exercise Wheel
- Chewable Vitamin C
- Calf Manna Supplement
Treats which can be given are:
- fruit, try fruits with seeds, not stones or pits, e.g. raisins, dried cranberries, dried strawberries, dried blueberries, dried rose hips, a banana chip, or a piece of apple, pear, a half of a fresh or frozen grape, or kiwi.
- veg, e.g. piece of carrot, flaked peas, parsley, chard, romaine, a dandelion leaf (small and washed). Avoid anything gas forming, e.g. broccoli, cabbage.
- dried herbs, if available you can pick herbs, then after washing them, hang them upside down (in bunches) in a warm area until they have completely dried out. Herbs suitable for chinchillas include oregano, comfrey, mint, nettle, dandelion, and raspberry leaves.
- grain, e.g. rolled oats, oat grouts, healthy cereals low in sugar like Shredded Wheat, plain Cheerios or Cornflakes.
- nuts and seeds, very sparingly – e.g. almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds
- commercially prepared, e.g. chinchilla crackers (produced for chinchillas and available in the US & UK), a small piece of dry toast, or an alfalfa-based animal treat.
- unsalted peanut in the shell, uncooked pasta…