If you landed here on this specific blog post, it’s likely that you are either very close to adopting a chinchilla or just adopted a chinchilla recently.
Either way, congrats. It’s a ton of fun, and chinchillas make for excellent pets.
Owning a chinchilla doesn’t come without a tad bit of anxiety and questions.
One of the questions I had early on was extremely simple, and I simply wanted to know how to take care of my chinchilla in the best possible fashion.
Here it is.
Can you keep chinchillas in your bedroom?
After owning a chinchilla for several years and trying dozens of different setups, here is what I can tell you on this topic.
So, can you keep chinchillas in your bedroom? Yes, you can keep chinchillas in your bedroom. Chinchillas need to remain at ideal temperatures and have plenty of space inside of their cage. The physical location of the chinchilla cage in your home does not matter.
Be careful with the answer I just provided you.
You have a few other considerations to keep in mind, and I bet for any of you reading if you have owned a chinchilla in the past, you may have a small smile on your face because you know exactly what those considerations would be.
That’s what I plan on breaking down for you in the rest of this post.
In fact, I have created easy to navigate links directly below that will you to skip to any section of this post that you need to learn more about in case any of you are in a hurry.
Here’s what on my agenda to cover in today’s post:
- Keeping A Chinchilla in Your Bedroom
- Chinchilla Cage Sizing Is Always More Important
- Ensure Temperatures Are Ideal
- Limit the Mess
- Final Thoughts
As stated previously, for those in a rush or those who just don’t feel like reading my post, use the links above to navigate to what you need quickly.
Otherwise, if you have about 3-minutes to spare, I’ll break down what you need to know about keeping a chinchilla in your bedroom.
Here’s the inside scoop.
Keeping A Chinchilla in Your Bedroom
The answer I provided at the beginning of this post is 100% true.
You can 100% safely keep a chinchilla in your bedroom.
That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
In fact, it’s a terrible idea.
You see, Chinchillas like to jump around.
They move from shelf to shelf inside of the cage, and they will make some noise and express various chinchilla sounds.
Been there and tried that.
Not a good idea, to say the least.
Chinchillas sleep most of the day and are most active at dusk and dawn.
This also should be something your careful with because although those are the most active times, my chinchilla is just overly active from about 10 pm-3 am compared to other times in the day.
Clearly, this isn’t going to be fun for you trying to sleep unless you have a nice set of earplugs.
I’d highly recommend choosing a different room in your home.
The rest of this post will explain further as to why this is not the best idea.
Chinchilla Cage Sizing Is Always More Important
Outside of losing sleep, you have other factors that impact where you are going to keep your chinchilla.
First and foremost, space means everything to a chinchilla.
This means ensuring that you have a big cage.
Cages need to meet requirements, and ideally, they will be multiple levels.
I prefer the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon).
You can see my full review of the Critter Nation Chinchilla Cage here if you need further details.
I’ve tried several cages for the sake of this blog, and it’s been the cage I’ve stuck with for the last 13 months.
If it’s not for you, I recommend you read my post about the best chinchilla cages here.
It will give you other options that all meet the size requirements I’m referring too.
So why does this impact your chinchilla being housed in your bedroom?
Well, that depends on where you live.
When you factor in the height of the cage standing on wheels, a bedroom may not be the most ideal resting place for your chinchilla.
Something such as a basement or utility room makes more sense considering the cage is going to take up a decent amount of space.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want a chinchilla cage in my bedroom spanning all the way to the ceiling or close to it, let alone taking up other living space in the main room I use daily.
Always ensure that your chinchilla has the space they need to climb and move freely.
This comes before other priorities.
Chinchillas do just fine living alone or in their own space.
They adapt to their environment quickly, and if you take some time for them each day.
They will still be affectionate, loving, and happy.
You certainly don’t need to sleep in the same room as your chinchilla.
That’s for sure.
Ensure Temperatures Are Ideal
Next on your to-do list before choosing if your chinchilla will be in your bedroom or another room is to consider humidity and temperature.
This is very important.
Chinchillas overheat easily due to their dense fur.
Ensuring that you keep them cool environments with low humidity levels is an absolute must.
I have a post that you can see here that discusses the best practices to implement these practices.
Consider a dehumidifier if necessary, to keep humidity levels under about 60 percent when possible.
This is especially true if you decide that you want not to use a bedroom and use something such as I do like a basement or other area of the home that may be prone to more humid air.
I use this dehumidifier here (Link to Amazon)
It does a fantastic job ensuring that my chinchilla stays in those ranges to keep her safe and comfortable.
Limit the Mess
Before you rush to use your bedroom for your chinchilla, don’t’ forget about chinchilla poop.
While they don’t purposely make poop fall out of the cage, it certainly does happen.
I have a post dedicated to keeping chinchilla poop in the cage.
It breaks down the tips and strategies I implement to make sure poop that falls out of the cage is very limited.
You can see that post here.
I’d much rather poop fall to the floor in a mudroom, utility room or even the basement instead of my bedroom.
How about you?
At the end of the day, nothing is stopping you from using your bedroom for your chinchilla.
If you’re okay with losing a bit of sleep and you can meet the other conditions, we discussed in this post then you are perfectly safe to use your bedroom for your chinchillas resting spot and cage.
However, usually, people don’t enjoy losing sleep, so I highly recommend using the tips laid out for you in this post and choosing a different room.
It will keep you well-rested, your chinchilla happy and healthy, and ultimately be the best avenue you can take.
I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla
What Do You Think?
Do you keep your chinchilla in your bedroom?
Do you have any other precautions or advice you can share with the readers?
Be sure to share your thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by.
Thanks for reading, and we will see you next time! 😊