Chinchilla Cages

Chinchillas are small rodents native to South America, and their soft, thick fur truly makes them a beautiful and highly desirable pet. They are very active and curious animals, so they treat their whole cage as a playground.

Thus it is critical to buy a cage that will provide the safest and most comfortable home for your new pet! Buying a cage for your chinchilla is part of the fun of bringing your new pet home, but you need to consider a few points to ensure that your pet will be happy, and that you’ll get the best value for your money.

Many people buy small chinchilla cages for their young chinchilla and then upgrade to a larger cage as the animal grows. Because your young chinchilla will immensely enjoy the extra space of a larger cage, it’s much more economical to simply buy a larger chinchilla cage to begin with and save yourself some money. Especially if you carefully chose a safe and durable chinchilla cage that will last a lifetime.

All the cages on this page I have personally bought and used for my chinchillas for years (so they have the chinchilla seal of approval!) and I can recommend them for their quality and chinchilla suitability.

Midwest 142 Ferret Nation Double-Level Cage

Ferret Nation Cage Double Levelclick to buy

I always recommend the Ferret Nation cage to new chinchilla owners, and this is the cage I prefer and personally use. This cage is possibly the most popular choice by experienced chinchilla owners. It is a strong, attractive cage that can be used as one large cage, or divided into two separate chinchilla cages as needed. This versatility extends to the availability of custom pans that make the cage especially suitable for the chinchillas, removable ramps, and the availability of wooden shelves if desired.

The most basic consideration in buying chinchilla cages is the size. Chinchillas are playful and energetic, so it is best to buy a chinchilla cage as large as your home and budget can accommodate. This will allow your pet to romp, climb and stretch out to relax. The smallest cage should have a floor space of no less than 24 by 24 inches.

Chinchilla cages can have single or multi-levels, or even be tiered, offering the advantage of allowing your pet to climb. Of course, if you are planning to keep two chinchillas a much larger cage is required so that each animal can have their own space to lessen their stress and to maintain good health.

Midwest 142 Ferret Nation Single-Level Cage

Ferret Nation Single Level Cage click to buy

A smaller, less costly chinchilla cage is the single-level version of the above cage. The larger, previous cage is preferable as it provides more vertical space for your chinchilla to explore, but this smaller cage does have a comfortably-angled ramp and hanging points for toys and hammocks. It carries a one-year warranty, as does the above Ferret Nation double level chinchilla cage.

Any pet store will have a variety of pet cages on display, but many of these cages are unsuitable as chinchilla cages as they are made of plastic, which easily falls prey to the strong teeth of the chinchilla and its habit of gnawing away at whatever it can find. For the same reasons, plastic accessories should be avoided.

Metal cages are a better choice for chinchilla cages as they are easy to clean, can usually be taken apart easily if necessary and are reasonably priced, especially if it has been carefully chosen to suit your chinchilla for life. Of course, metal chinchilla cages are also resistant to chinchilla chewing.

Other people prefer the natural beauty of wooden cages. Which is fine, but if this is your choice be sure to pick a chinchilla cage made of thick wood known to be non-toxic to chinchillas, such as apple or willow, check out our complete list of chinchilla safe wood.

Feisty Ferret Cage

Feisty Ferret Cage add to cart

The best value for those on a budget, this chinchilla cage includes three ladders, two platforms and the well loved hammock at a good price. Another plus is the large opening doors that allow you to reach your pet easily. This cage comes with wheels, a slide out tray for changing the bedding and a bottom storage rack for chinchilla food and toys.

The glorious fur of the chinchillas causes further considerations when buying chinchilla cages. Firstly, that lovely thick fur hides a slim supple body that can squeeze through surprisingly small gaps, so make sure you cage is well built with no small openings. Always take care to close it properly!

Secondly, the thick fur that enables the chinchilla to survive low temperatures in the wild can contribute to overheating and death. So the cage will have to able to fit into a cool shady part of your home, where it will also be quiet and stress-free through out the day to encourage a restful sleep for your pet.

Just as importantly, you will need to consider the size of the mesh in the chinchilla cage. A toe or foot caught as your pet plays can easily lead to broken bones in the foot, toes or leg. Too many owners have discovered the need for smaller mesh the hard, sad way! In fact, this is such an important point that I have reviewed only chinchilla cages that have the correctly sized mesh on this page.

Prevue Ferret Corner Cage

Corner Ferret Cage click to buy

Another cage designed for ferrets but very suitable for chinchillas, this cage fits into the corner of your room to maximize space. Made totally of steel, it has no gaps for an escaping chinchilla to discover. This cage also has wheels for ease of movement, and a pullout tray to change the bedding.

When at last you receive your carefully chosen chinchilla cage and bring home your precious new chinchilla, be sure to place the cage off the floor on a table or stand to avoid making your new pet feel vulnerable when you need to lean over the cage to feed or watch your pet. Carefully chosen chinchilla cages are fun for you as well as your little friend.

Decorating the cage with different accessories and play areas will give you much pleasure as you add your own personal touch to your lovely chinchilla’s world.

So the rest is up to you, choose the perfect cage for your new chinchilla, decorate it to suit you both, and make sure to read our guides on chinchilla food, chinchilla treats and chinchilla toys for your new chinchilla as well!

  • #1 written by Rachel S
    about 4 years ago

    Really have to thank you, we just received the midwest cage you suggested yesterday and my son loves it and wants to get some treats and toys right away. We’ll be getting him a chinchilla this week from a girl that’s moving away and cannot be taken with her.

  • #2 written by xRachelx
    about 4 years ago

    Many thanks for the posting, I’m going to be making use of it to help me with my first chinchilla!

  • #3 written by Bennett Leabow
    about 4 years ago

    We got our cage last week and it’s perfect for our living room, thanks a lot, saved us a lot of money and time, keep up the good work

  • #4 written by jessie
    about 4 years ago

    bandit loves his new cage so much, he was in a small rabbit cage for a year until we got the corner cage you suggested. fits perfectly in the corner of my room and he loves hopping around the ledges. thanks so much!

  • #5 written by Alzar234
    about 4 years ago

    Nice of you to write this up, helped me alot in my school assignment, saved me a trip to the library as well.

  • #6 written by Josh
    about 4 years ago

    You’re all very welcome, I’m glad this site helped you out and made the whole process of getting a new chinchilla easier, cheaper and more enjoyable. If you have any suggestions for future topics to cover or any questions, feel free to post here.

  • #7 written by miranda
    about 4 years ago

    hi i have a ferret nation 142 cage i loved it too but because my chins didnt have a greated bottom they kept walking in their own waiste and that gave them sores on thier little feet so i have to get a new cage or fix the old one so that it has a greated bottom but i love the feisty ferret chinchilla cage it looks like just what i need so thankyou very much

  • #8 written by Exodus
    about 4 years ago

    Thanks for this amazing post! I was actually wondering about this but my good friend Mr. Google helped me find you!

  • #9 written by FerretChin84
    about 3 years ago

    My partner and I really enjoyed reading your site, we just got our first chinchilla. We have always had ferrets, you should consider doing a site on them if you have any experience with them, hard to find good ferret information.

  • #10 written by Josh
    about 3 years ago

    I’ve had two ferrets in the past for awhile with a former girlfriend, I may consider starting a ferret site similar to this when I get some time, still much work to do on this site. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • #11 written by Bethany
    about 3 years ago

    Hello,
    I have a cage we just bought for our chinchilla’s at a local pet store. Honestly it is a big mess. Great cage but defently need to find a way to place the trays under the wire. They keep eating the tray and trowing poo everywhere. Horriable mess. Anyone have any suggestions on how to alter the cage to make less of a mess. Thought about Buying wire and altering the cage to make the trays removable from underneath.
    What have you all done to help?
    Thanks

  • #12 written by Trent
    about 3 years ago

    Hey, thanks. I have been searching for a good cage for my son for ages now. All the local pet shops are overpriced and I’ve heard horror stories about plastic cages having talked to the people we’re getting the chinchilla from. Ordered the corner cage, should look great in his room, wife will be so happy it won’t take up too much room, cheers!

  • #13 written by Alice
    about 3 years ago

    Thank you for the work you have done into this article, I want to get a chinchilla as a surprise for my girlfriend’s birthday. The cages at the pet stores around here are so expensive, and most of them are plastic, so this helps clear away some questions I had.

  • #14 written by PoppySeed
    about 3 years ago

    I’ve been using a rabbit cage I got at a garage sale since last year for our two chinchillas, and we ran out of wood chews for them a month or so ago, and due to being busy just forgot to go to the pet store to pick up more for maybe two weeks. We had been taking great care of them during this time, just ran out of wood chews, it happens from time to time considering how fast the little guys go through them. But anyway, during this time they started to chew on the wood cage. They never had before, probably because they had wood chews that tasted better.

    Now they are tearing the rabbit cage apart. I was really worried about it being toxic to them, but assume since it is a rabbit cage they’ll be okay. Having read your page on chinchilla safe wood, I’m quite relieved. That said, we’re needing a non-wood cage bad. Don’t want to go to the pet store around here, it’s a Pet Smart and they are notoriously overpriced. Luckily we have Amazon Prime, so free 2-day shipping, just ordered the Ferret Nation cage and hopefully all will be well. Fingers crossed!

  • #15 written by David
    about 3 years ago

    Great site, has helped my wife and I tremendously with getting things setup for our daughters first chinchilla!

  • #16 written by Josh
    about 3 years ago

    @ Bethany

    I would highly advise against putting a wire mesh on the bottom of the cage like a rabbit cage. While it would be a lot more convenient to just have a removable tray at the bottom, chinchillas have little feet and toes that can often get caught in the mesh or fall through, causing them to often get injured.

    For rabbits, it’s not a big deal, since they have long and flat feet that would be difficult to get caught in the mesh bottom. But considering the physical differences and risks, and that chinchillas are inherently fragile creatures, it’s best to not take the risk.

    My suggestion would be to buy individual shelves and bottoms from the Ferret Nation cage, which they sell separately and should fit most standard cages. The material they are made out of is very tough and in my experience chinchillas rarely will chew on it.

    If they do chew on it, it’s usually out of a lack of more suitable things for them to chew on. So just give them some wood or lava bars for them to chew on.

    As for the cleanup, it’s really a good idea to try and train them to use a small litter box in their cage with some bedding. When I get some time I’ll write up a page with instructions on how to do so. If you have any other issues or questions, feel free to ask!

  • #17 written by Mandy Heilers
    about 3 years ago

    Josh,
    We are looking at a new cage for our chin. Do we need to buy wire/mesh to go in the bottom of the pan to keep their feet out of the bedding?
    Thanks!
    Mandy

  • #18 written by Josh
    about 3 years ago

    @ Mandy

    I manually approve the comments (for obvious reasons), so I believe you posted this question prior to my previous answer. So in which case, I have to echo my last post in that mesh/wire bottoms are generally not recommended, nor safe for chinchillas.

    The space between the wires can be too large, making it it easy for your chinchilla’s feet to slip through. But if you get a small mesh, the space can still be too large and their tiny little toes could get caught in one, causing it to fracture, break, or put serious strain on.

    If you get a fine enough mesh to where that isn’t an issue, well it isn’t going to be very effect for what you’re wanting to use it for. Chinchillas are a bit more difficult than rabbits in that respect when it comes to caging.

    I suggest putting a thin layer of safe bedding (see our safe chinchilla bedding page) on the bottom of the pan, then get a heavy giant ball and fill it with bedding and begin to train your chinchilla to exclusively to use the bedding in the bowl. You can give them a healthy treat after each time they use the bowl as encouragement, more of less potty training them. Eventually you can stop putting bedding on the bottom of the pan once they learn to use the bowel.

    Hope this helps Mandy!

  • #19 written by Allison
    about 3 years ago

    I am getting a male baby chinchilla and I am having trouble finding the right cage for him. I read that you want to have a tall cage, but for only one chinchilla i have no idea exactly what size. Also, the cage is going on top of a bookshelf so i need one without wheels. Also I was wondering what you think about getting him a leash for when he gets bigger so I can take him outside for a change of atmosphere.

    Thanks,
    Allison

    p.s. the shelf is only 14 inches wide…

  • #20 written by Josh
    about 3 years ago

    @ Allison

    Even for one chinchilla it really is essential to have a comfortably sized cage. While Rabbits by no means should be in small cages either, Chinchilla really quite more vertically agile, they like to hop around, climb and explore their environment as much as possible.

    Unfortunately a 14 inch wide bookshelf really limits things, and honestly is just going to be far too small for an adequate sized chinchilla cage. Also, if the shelf the cage were to rest on were even somewhat tall it could stand a good chance of the cage accidentally falling over. The smallest cage I would suggest getting would be the Single Level Midwest 142 cage that is mentioned on the top of the page. Not only is this and the second level are by far the best quality and most solidly built I’ve owned, but it is also large enough size to allow your new baby chinchilla room to grow.

    Anything smaller and the chinchilla would really be limited, and you would eventually have to upgrade them within a year to a larger cage anyway, which is why I always suggest making the initial investment and getting a larger cage sooner rather than later. If you didn’t want it to sit up on the wheels and sit on some other type of case or table, you have the option of simply not attaching the lower level with the platform and wheels so that the base of the cage would sit nice and sturdy.

    That said, I understand what it’s like to have limited space, years ago when I was starting out I lived in a tiny apartment where I barely had room to put anything, and the economy now is even worse and more difficult for young people. So if this is not an option, as much as it may be hard to hear, it might be best to hold off on adopting a chinchilla at this time until you have the proper space for a cage to accommodate their needs, as they are quite active little creatures. Another possible thing to keep in mind, if space is limited, and the cage may need to be in your bedroom, they are nocturnal, and while they can adapt over time, with the little guy being young, he could very well keep you up at night if you’re a light sleeper. So just another bit of advice that most new owners are usually not made aware of.

    As for the leash, I would advise against it, as chinchillas have a notoriously weak skeletal system that has led to many chinchillas dying due to unaware owners that pick up, squeeze or hold their chinchillas too tightly, causing organ failure. The leash, while most of the time would probably be safe, if any sudden jerk or movement were to occur by accident or on the chinchillas part, this or other injuries could possibly occur.

    Chinchillas are not overly social small animals like ferrets, while they can be affectionate at times, they are much more interested in doing their own things and will never really be a lap animal like a cat or dog, or to a lesser extent a ferret may be.

    I hopes this helps Allison, and I’m sorry if this wasn’t the news you wanted to hear, but I do my best to keep things honest and credible without any fluff like so many other chinchilla sites. If you can find a solution for the cage situation, I hope you enjoy your new friend, and if you have any other questions feel free to ask at any time!

  • #21 written by Kevin
    about 3 years ago

    I am planning on getting a chinchilla soon and had a couple of questions. What are the things necessary for a chinchilla? Also, what cage should I get? I’m trying to decide between a 142 and 162. Lastly, where would be the most economical place to buy it?

  • #22 written by Chinchilla cages
    about 3 years ago

    Im wanting the midwest ferret nation. Is this the same thing, Ferret Nation Habitat Model 182 Double Unit.? Found in ferret nation for good price and didn’t see the midwest name. This is for my chinchilla.
    Thank you.

 
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