Chinchillas are one of the most curious and high energy animals we can choose to adopt and it is important to understand how to protect them against hazards such as wires that may be exposed leaving them the chance to chew them.
Do chinchillas chew wires?
I have now been raising my chinchilla for the past 5 years and here is what I can tell you on this topic.
Yes, chinchillas chew wires. This can include any wires exposed such as electrical wires, cables, chargers, and even phone lines. It’s essential and recommended to use wire protectors or completely remove all wires from the area that your chinchilla is allowed out of the cage to play.
With that being the case, what’s the best approach we can take to keep our rooms completely chinchilla proofed?
Well, surprisingly enough, you have several options, and I wanted to take the time here in this post to break down exactly how I set up my chinchilla play area and how I ensure my chinchilla is always safe for playtime which certainly includes double-checking all wires in the area to ensure chewing cannot take place.
Here’s what I intend on covering in today’s post:
- Do Chinchillas Chew Wires?
- Chinchilla Proofing Play Areas and All Cords and Wires
- Choosing The Best Room For Playtime With Your Chinchilla
- Use A Chinchilla Playpen to Avoid Wires and Cords
- Keeping Chinchillas Safe from Electrical Cords and Avoiding Chewing
- Chinchillas Will Chew Wires, Be Sure To Protect Them
If, however, you have about 2-minutes to spare and need the details on how to keep your chinchilla from chewing wires, I recommend you read my full post directly below.
Here’s what you need to know.
Do Chinchillas Chew Wires?
Chewing wires and chewing, in general, is a natural and expected behavior that all chinchillas are going to present with.
It is in their DNA to chew.
Anything they can reach or find, they are willing to chew in most situations which certainly includes wires or other cords.
What you need to do as a new chinchilla owner to avoid issues with dangerous wires and cords is to understand what you can do to eliminate the possibility in the first place.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to pick a room that offers the easiest way to remove all potential wires and cords in the first place.
However, I completely understand that this is not always possible and that you may need to lean more towards proofing your chinchilla room to get the job done.
Let’s start with that information first and then dive into the specifics about cords and wires and the options you have.
Chinchilla Proofing Play Areas and All Cords and Wires
Chinchillas will chew on just about anything if given a chance and without proper supervision.
Trust me, I know from experience.
I’ve had my 5-year old female chinchilla for quite some time now, and she is an avid chewer.
Electrical cords or any wires for that matter are no different and look equally enticing for your chinchilla to take a bite out of.
If it’s something that can be chewed, you can consider it one of a chinchilla’s favorite things to play with.
Chinchillas need to chew to file down their teeth and if they can reach it, you can bet money that they will chew it.
Hands down, no doubt about it.
Additionally, part of owning a chinchilla means you that you remain an ethical pet owner.
Part of this with owning chinchilla’s means that you dedicate at least a small amount of time each day to get your chinchilla out of their cage and interact with them.
It’s nothing difficult and nothing that makes owning a chinchilla a hard task.
When you do this, you need to make sure that all wires and cords are not within your chinchillas reach.
If it is a room in the home where you can simply remove the cords, wires, or whatever is plugging into the wall, that is likely the safest and easiest option you have.
If it’s a room that you do not have this luxury, you need to make sure that you are covering the wires and cords with cord protectors (more on this shortly)
The important thing to understand is that the cords either need removed or they need to be protected.
It is as simple as that and part of chinchilla proofing a room in advance.
Something else that is important to note is that chinchilla’s need this time out of the cage each day or some form of interaction.
Chinchillas are friendly, social and loving pets.
Chinchillas need this interaction either with you or another chinchilla.
Too long without social interaction can make your chinchilla stressed out and feeling a little down in the dumps.
It can even cause your chinchilla to become depressed.
Not to mention the most significant catch of them all.
The more bored a chinchilla becomes, the more likely they are to chew so creating a safe space and removing the ability to chew these dangerous wires is always going to be your best approach.
This is when chinchilla owners begin wondering what the best approach to creating a room in the home that’s chinchilla safe.
I want to hit on these details next.
Choosing The Best Room For Playtime With Your Chinchilla
Now comes the part of the equation where we need to chinchilla proof the room we want to interact with our chinchilla in and pick the actual room for our chinchilla to interact within that will either have the cords eliminate or protected in some fashion.
You have a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing a room that is not only cord and wire-free but also a room that makes the most sense for your chinchilla in general.
To do this, we need to understand a chinchilla a little better.
First and foremost, chinchillas poop just about every step they take most of the time.
Choose a room that’s easy to clean any poop and that’s free from a majority of dangers.
I use my home office in my basement for playtime with my chinchilla.
This naturally has the most wires for a chinchilla to chew.
However, I knew I wanted this room due to it being the best possible temperature for my chinchilla to avoid overheating and other dangers.
I simply purchased plenty of wire protectors just like these (Link to Amazon)
With this being the case, it makes life much easier if you choose a room that you can quickly sweep or vacuum up the poop with ease.
Don’t worry; however, chinchilla poop doesn’t smell and its dry hard nuggets.
Additionally, chinchillas will pee.
Yes, even if they are potty trained to pee in a litter pan, they may still urinate during playtime.
My chinchilla will rarely pee outside of her cage, but it’s certainly possible, so that is another factor to consider.
This has led me to use only rooms in my home that have hard floors and no carpet.
It makes clean up very easy just in case.
Lastly, before touching on the electrical cord problem comes the temperature concerns you run into with chinchillas.
Never forget that chinchillas have incredibly dense fur.
Over 80 hairs per follicle.
Chinchillas also can’t sweat.
If you keep this in mind, it’s easy to understand that you need always to be using a room that has low enough temperatures.
Open spaces with the correct temperatures allow your chinchilla to jump, climb, and play without running the fear of your chinchilla overheating.
If you have these primary concerns taken care of, we can move onto the last primary concern which comes down to electrical cords and keeping them away from our favorite furry pets.
Keeping Chinchillas Safe from Electrical Cords and Avoiding Chewing
Now comes the fun part.
Keeping your chinchilla safe from electrical cords and where they can’t chew them easily.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to obviously have no electrical cords in the room you want to use for chinchilla playtime.
This often much easier said than done.
It’s the same for me as well.
The room I keep my chinchilla in currently is the same room that I use for my home office in my basement.
While I’m checking all the other boxes by having hard floors, cold temperatures, and a relatively safe environment, I surely would have been exposing my chinchilla to electrical cords without proper planning in advance.
So here is what I did about it.
I started by using zip ties to organize all the wires neatly.
I did this with my computers and any other device or item in the basement that had a cord exposed that my chinchilla could have quickly begun chewing on.
Simply take as many wires for devices that are close together and neatly bunch them together and zip ties them tightly together.
This makes step 2 much more manageable.
Step 2 to keeping your chinchilla safe involved you purchasing any form of cord protector or cord wrapping.
For my room, I opted to purchase the Velcro wrap-around cord protectors.
It’s thick, cheap, and super quick and easy to wrap all your cords with.
I did this on every cord in the basement except for my iPhone charger which I simply unplug and set aside when it comes to getting my chinchilla out of the cage for playtime.
This is all you really need to do when it comes to cords.
Ensure they are all wrapped, blocked, and covered, and you are well on your way towards having a room that isn’t filled with cords for your chinchilla to bite.
Another final option you have when ensuring your chinchilla cannot be exposed to wires and cords during playtime is one of my favorite tactics when it comes to playing and interacting with a chinchilla.
The chinchilla playpen approach.
Check this out.
Use A Chinchilla Playpen to Avoid Wires and Cords
Chinchilla playpens can be an absolute life-saver for any new chinchilla owner.
It allows you to create a safe space without doing any of the actual chinchilla proofing.
I currently use the Jespet 61 inch chinchilla playpen and I love it (Link to Amazon).
The playpens are breathable, easy to clean, and removes all dangers that you chinchilla could potentially find if they are free-roaming.
Trust me, it’s a fantastic option and 100% eliminates the fear of your chinchilla chewing any wires or cords.
You can also view my post about the best chinchilla playpens here for other options you can consider.
Other Considerations to Keep in Mind To Keep Your Chinchilla Safe During Playtime
If you have cords and wires that are tough to cover perhaps behind a couch or other furniture, I have a few other tips you can implement to keep your chinchilla from having access to chewing on the cords.
Another trick I use it to make sure the legs on my furniture are removed.
For example, on my couch, I removed the legs so that she can’t run underneath the furniture and chew any cords and be in an area where it’s hard for me to stop her or prevent her from doing anything else she shouldn’t be doing.
Additionally, you can block other access in the room using other clever techniques.
Use tall enough boxes or even baby gates if you have potential areas in the room where your chinchilla could locate a cord or wire.
Consider A Bathroom for Playtime
A lot of individuals including myself will opt at times just to use a bathroom.
I used this approach to keep my chinchilla away from cords and wires before I purchased the playpen for my chinchilla that I referenced a moment ago.
It’s not necessarily the point to create this big magical room for your chinchilla to play in.
A clean large chinchilla cage should be your chinchilla’s main hangout most of the day.
The playtime is designed for you and your chinchilla to bond and begin getting comfortable with one another.
A bathroom is usually free of cords and has nothing dangerous for your chinchilla to harm themselves with which includes cords that your chinchilla may eventually chew on.
Bathrooms also check the boxes we discussed previously by having hard floors, and they are easy to keep an eye on your chinchilla during playtime.
Although I don’t use this method anymore, I still thoroughly recommend it if it’s the only way you can keep your chinchilla safe from cords that they may potentially chew or hurt themselves with.
Chinchillas Will Chew Wires, Be Sure To Protect Them
At the end of the day, whatever your chinchilla can get to, they will sniff and chew on and wires and cords definitely fall into this category.
They are curious and like to explore.
If they feel comfortable with you, they will likely not be hiding under fixtures or furniture causing too many problems.
If you let your chinchilla out of the cage for a decent amount of time per day, the potential for danger and issues will always be around.
Be sure to wrap your electrical cords and never allow your chinchilla to play with cords or chew on them.
This can ultimately lead to death and be a sad moment for everyone.
With the tips I’ve laid out here in this post, you should be well on your way towards providing a safe, ethical, and perfect playroom for your chinchilla.
Chinchillas make great pets so take some time to set your home up accordingly and enjoy the laughter and love they can bring to your lives.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchillas and the journey you have ahead of you.
What’re your thoughts on chinchilla proofing a room effectively and ensuring your chinchilla cannot chew wires?
Do you have any further recommendations I haven’t laid out here in this post about how to keep your chinchilla’s safe from chewing wires?
Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today and we will see you again next time.