In the beginning phases of owning a chinchilla, you are likely curious at what you can give your chinchilla not only to play with but also to sleep with and to provide comfort.
Unfortunately, chinchillas do require certain items inside of their cage, and you must always be sticking with things that are considered safe for your chinchilla to have.
While you have plenty of options to consider, you also have accessories and toys that shouldn’t be placed inside of your chinchilla’s cage.
One of the items I have seen pop up as a common question is the ever so comforting stuffed animal.
Can I give my chinchilla a stuffed animal?
I’ve owned a chinchilla now for quite some time, and here is what I can tell you on this topic.
So, can I give my chinchilla a stuffed animal? No, you should not provide your chinchilla, a stuffed animal. Chinchillas are known to be frequent chewers. Stuffed animals after being chewed can present dangers to your chinchilla, such as ingested cotton, among other dangerous material. Chinchillas need to be provided safe items to chew, such as chew sticks composed of safe wood and other hanging toys inside of their cage.
Stuffed animals are a no go, unfortunately.
However, instead of just answering the question, I wanted to take the time today to go over what you can provide your chinchilla as an alternative to ensure your chinchilla is always happy and well cared for.
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Here’s a quick overview of what I have on the agenda for you today:
- Can You Give Your Chinchilla A Stuffed Animal?
- Better Alternatives to Entertain Your Chinchilla
- Always Consider Plenty of Chew Toys and Chew Sticks
- Avoid Dangerous Alternatives for The Best Results
- Final Thoughts
- Share Your Thoughts
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Can You Give Your Chinchilla A Stuffed Animal?
As stated previously, chinchillas have unique needs when it comes to what they can chew and what they can have in their cage.
This is due to their destructive chewing nature.
Chinchillas will chew on just about anything possible.
Clearly, this means that we, as the owners need to be careful as to which items, we are providing them inside of the cage.
In most situations, a stuffed animal is not a good idea primarily because of the dangers it can pose to your chinchilla once they shred through the initial material.
Cotton and other fillings inside of the stuffed animal could be dangerous if your chinchilla decides to ingest, such as the cotton and other fibers.
This could potentially cause digestion blockages and other digestive tract issues for your chinchilla.
It’s also possible that cotton could cause your chinchilla difficulty swallowing or lead to the potential of choking and possibly even death.
Overall, while some manufactures or toys may advertise as “chinchilla safe,” I’d highly recommend sticking with alternatives that are proven to be safe for your chinchilla.
It’s 100% possible to still provide plenty of entertainment and comfort for your chinchilla without needing to implement toys such as stuffed animals.
The alternatives and safer options are what I plan to cover next.
Better Alternatives to Entertain Your Chinchilla
So, instead of leaning towards a stuffed animal, you have much better options for entertaining your chinchilla and providing safe alternatives.
First and foremost, it’s essential to realize that chinchillas are social creatures.
If you are finding yourself in a situation where you are worried that your chinchilla may be bored, a quick and safe alternative is to ensure you are providing your chinchilla time outside of the cage.
This can also help prevent other issues that may come along, such as your chinchilla becoming depressed.
If you are aware that you may not have hours each day to do this, you can also consider adopting another chinchilla.
The companionship can help your chinchilla thrive and remain social and happy.
Outside of these recommendations, you need to start leaning towards making your chinchilla’s cage as interactive and fun as possible.
Of course, this starts with ensuring that you have an awesome chinchilla cage, to begin with.
I always recommend the Critter Nation 2 dual-level cage (Link to Amazon) before any other cage, but several cages will undoubtedly get the job done.
If you need more information on this specific cage, you can read my review of the Critter Nation here.
Once you have the proper sized and large cage ready, you can begin implementing other items inside of the cage that can help keep your chinchilla physically and mentally engaged.
Here are the details you need to know about this.
Always Consider Plenty of Chew Toys and Chew Sticks
Chew sticks go a long way towards helping your chinchilla in several different ways.
First, they promote healthy chewing, which can help to file down your chinchilla’s teeth that never stop growing.
This is more imperative than you may think simply because overgrown or misaligned teeth can cause severe pain and health concerns for chinchillas.
You can use your own wood if you prefer, but I highly recommend reading my post about which woods are safe for a chinchilla to chew on.
You can also make life easy and purchase your chew sticks.
I recommend something such as the Apple Orchard chew sticks (Link to Amazon)
These are one of the most budget-friendly and safe options you have, and your chinchilla will absolutely love them.
In addition to these items to chew on, ensure you are providing other accessories that make your chinchilla comfortable, safe, and entertained.
This can include other items such as the following:
These items, in addition to something to always chew, is about all your chinchilla needs in addition to your care and love to remain happy and healthy for years to come.
Always Double Check If You Are Unsure
My last piece of advice before sending you on your way is to simply double-check if something is safe for your chinchilla before taking any risk.
A lot of items are sold these days in pet stores and online that advertise as safe for chinchillas, but that’s not always necessarily true.
If you aren’t 100% confident that you are offering something safe for your chinchilla, ask around or do your research in advance relying on blogs such as planet chinchilla for further advice.
Even call your vet if you aren’t entirely sure if something can be offered or not.
At the end of the day, chinchillas are very easy to care for, but it’s still always better to be safe than sorry.
Hopefully, this post shed some light on you about the potential dangers you pose when offering your chinchilla, a stuffed animal.
Sure, a few here and there may be considered safe, but overall, with a chinchilla chewing nature, you have much better options that can keep your chinchilla happy and engaged.
Chinchillas make for excellent family pets.
With some simple care, due diligence, and love, I have no doubts that you will have a family pet to enjoy for years to come.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla and appreciate you stopping by.
Share Your Thoughts
I always encourage the readers to share as much feedback with the community as possible to help us all provide better care to our chinchillas.
Do you ever use something like stuffed animals or offer them to your chinchilla?
Do you have any further recommendations that you can share with the community on this topic?
Be sure to share those thoughts, comments, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading, and we will see you next time.