Wire mesh cages may be used, but a solid floor must be provided to prevent foot pad injuries. Shelves should be provided to allow for exercise Glass aquariums or solid walled plastic containers should be avoided due to poor ventilation. Wooden cages should be used with caution as Chinchillas like to chew and may escape.
Paper based bedding is recommended as a floor covering.
Bathing: Dust baths should be provided several times a week to remove oil and dirt from the fur. There are many types of commercial chinchilla dust available. The dust bath should only be left in the cage for 15-20 minutes, as excessive use may lead to eye problems/injury. Group Housing: Chinchillas may fight when housed together, with the females being the more aggressive gender. Solitary caging is typically recommended but when slowly introduced, pairs may live peacefully together. Temperature: Chinchillas do not tolerate heat or humidity well. They should be kept in a cool, dry, well lit area with adequate ventilation. The optimal temperature is between 60-75 F. They can not be kept outside in the Northern Virginia climate.