Do Chinchillas Like Hammocks? [Some Facts You May Not Know]

You may have just adopted a chinchilla, or you may be a longtime chinchilla owner and you are looking to make some changes to benefit your chin. If this is the case, I’m with you. It’s a blast trying to make a chinchilla’s cage more fun, comfortable and more appealing to our furry friends. It’s understandable and I do the same thing. However, when you get in conversations about what to add to a chinchilla’s cage, individuals usually have plenty of questions. One of those questions I’ve seen related to what chinchillas prefer to “chill out in” is simple. Do chinchillas like hammocks? I have a 1-year old female chinchilla and I also have a hammock in my chinchilla’s cage and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, do chinchillas like hammocks? Some chinchillas like hammocks and some chinchillas do not like hammocks. It depends on your specific chinchilla and their preferences. All chinchillas have unique personalities. Some chinchillas will use hammocks frequently and some will not use them at all. If a chinchilla likes their hammock they may relax inside of it or even sleep inside of it.

Chinchilla’s all having unique personalities is one of the traits that makes chinchilla’s one of the most unique pets you can adopt. They are crazy and social creatures but they all also have their likes, dislikes and can be quite picky at times.

This post is designed to discuss those unique personalities and how it applies to if a chinchilla will like or dislike a hammock and what steps you can take to plan out to provide a hammock (if you choose to) in a safe manner.

Stick around for just a moment or two and we will dive into those details now.

This Is How Your Chinchilla May Respond to A New Hammock

Like I stated previously, chinchilla’s have unique personalities and some like hammocks and some do not. I currently have a hammock in my chinchilla’s cage, and she has been “neutral” about the hammock to say the least. When I first put the hammock in on the top tier of her cage, she was interested.

This makes sense because chinchillas are naturally curious and like to climb and jump around. Especially when they sense something new in their cage that they can interact with, use or jump on top of. It’s just the way chinchillas are naturally structured to act and the way chinchillas interact in their natural environments.

However, after the initial excitement dies off is when you can really begin to see what’s going to stick with your chinchilla and what they will be over and done with within a matter of days. This moves us into the story of my chinchilla and her nice, fresh and new purple hammock.

The Story of My Chinchilla and Her Purple Hammock, I Overestimated Her Desires’

purple chinchilla hammock
My Chinchillas Purple Hammock Inside of The Critter Nation 2 Cage

Like all of you, I get the false impression that any money I spend on my chinchilla will net in her loving me that much more and her using her new toys every day with a smile on her face. While she loves most of the items I place in her cage, she doesn’t necessarily have the same feelings for her hammock.

The good news is that she does at least use it some, but I rarely catch her sleeping in it. I do, however, place hay cubes inside of the hammock and she will get in the hammock, chew on her hay cube and lay some poop nuggets and then go about her day.

For those of you that may be newer to chinchilla parenting, it’s important to know that chinchillas’ poop with frequency.

That’s basically what my chinchilla has turned her hammock into. One of her bathrooms at this point. It’s almost as if she likes to lay inside of her hammock for privacy, do her business and then jump right back out and begin climbing on all the other shelves I have throughout her cage.

However, I am missing the key point with this post so far which is simple. Chinchillas need fun, large and interactive cages to accommodate their natural behaviors. A hammock is just part of this equation.

Side View of My Chinchilla's Hammock Hanging
Side View of My Chinchilla’s Hammock Hanging

Your Chinchilla May Not Use Hammocks or Other Cage Items, But Don’t Neglect Them

Like I just stated moments ago, chinchilla’s don’t necessarily jump for joy at every experiment you try with new items for their cage. A hiding box. Definitely. They will love a hiding box in all circumstances. In addition, shelves are always a great addition.

Other items such as a hammock, however, may not yield the same results or the same amount of use as other items and structures you decide to place in your chinchilla’s cage. I don’t think this means not to offer it because you don’t know exactly how your chinchilla will respond or how much they will enjoy it.

Some Chinchillas Absolutely Love Hammocks. It’s All Luck of The Draw.

Like I was saying before, it’s luck of the draw. Your chinchilla may love their hammock. Just be sure to keep an eye out for a few things. First, always make sure that your chinchilla is not chewing their hammock. Certain items being ingested by your chinchilla can cause significant issues and blockages.

Secondly, just purely watch and see how your chinchilla interacts and enjoys their hammocks. You never know. It’s completely possible that you end up with a chinchilla that will decide to sleep in their hammock for multiple hours at a time. I know other chinchilla owners who have this happen.

Ensure Your Hammock Is Somewhere Where Your Chinchilla Can Excess It with Ease

One of the final pieces of advice of that I can give you is to ensure that your chinchilla has excess to get inside of their hammock. I know, I know. Chinchillas are master climbers and jumpers, but I still prefer to make this easy on my chinchilla by having one opening of the hammock right in front of her shelf.

I like to scatter shelves and items to play with all over the cage for her just to keep her happy and moving around as much as possible. If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend considering a cage such as the Critter Nation 2 (Link to Amazon).

It’s plenty large enough and allows your chinchilla to jump around freely and have plenty of space to be the crazy chinchilla they were meant to be. Not to mention, it’s large enough to allow you to adopt a second chinchilla in the future which as of right now, is my plan in the next few months.

I just haven’t found the perfect fit yet to pair with my current chin otherwise I’d already have my second fur baby. I strongly believe in being as social as possible with our chinchillas and when possible, having a second cage mate to keep them company for the next 15 years is ideal.

Putting It All Together, Buy Your Chinchilla A Hammock and See How It Shakes Out

You never know what’s going to bring some joy and excitement into your chinchilla’s world. As I said, for me, the hammock wasn’t quite the best gift I have ever purchased for her, but she still uses it enough to justify keeping it in the cage.

To re-emphasize, do chinchillas like hammocks? It completely depends on the chinchilla. Some will love it and some will be neutral about it but you will never know unless you give it a try.

I’d also love to hear all your stories about purchasing a hammock for your chinchilla. Do they sleep in it? Do they use it just to hang out like my chinchilla or as a private restroom? Be sure to share your stories, questions, and concerns below by dropping a comment.

As always, I appreciate you and thanks for stopping by. See you next time.

 

 

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 1 year old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know.

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