Chinchillas are underrated, less discussed, and frankly, one of the best pets any family can choose to adopt.
However, deciding to adopt a chinchilla doesn’t come without some responsibility.
Making them a family member requires you to understand their behavior and personality.
This puts you on the path to affording them the best chinchilla cages accessories and toys possible to keep them happy and healthy.
Staying on this topic, I have seen a question from a fellow member in a social media group the other day.
Do chinchillas like tunnels?
I’ve owned a chinchilla for several years and literally purchased just about every possible accessory you can imagine for the sake of this blog and my readers, and here’s what I can tell you on this topic.
So, do chinchillas like tunnels? Yes, chinchillas like tunnels. Chinchillas need accessories inside of their cage to remain stimulated and to avoid getting bored and even depressed. Chinchillas especially enjoy tunnels because they are enclosed and allow them to explore while feeling safe.
That’s the quick and to the point answer to the question.
However, if you read many of the posts on this site, you know I typically like to dive one step further and give full explanations on the topics at hand.
For this specific topic, I’ve created links you can use directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you need or desire to learn more about.
Here’s what I intend on breaking down for you in today’s brief 3-minute post:
- Chinchilla Tunnels and Why Chins Love Them
- Cage Accessories Are Always Imperative with Chinchillas
- Where to Find the Best Chinchilla Tunnels
- Other Safety Precautions and Tips
- Final Thoughts
Again, if you are in a rush, use the links above to skip around.
It won’t offend me in the slightest, and that’s why I created them.
On the other hand, if you have the 3-minutes required to read the full post, I wholeheartedly believe it will be beneficial for new chinchilla owners or even current chinchilla owner to check out.
Here are the details you need to understand.
Chinchilla Tunnels and Why Chins Love Them
Here’s the inside scoop, my fellow chinchilla owners.
Any addition, including a chinchilla tunnel, is a great upgrade for any chinchilla cage.
The proper size chinchilla cages and the accumulation of these upgrades that make for excellent chinchilla cages and help immensely to keep your chinchilla happy and stimulated.
Tunnels are no exception.
They are a fantastic addition.
I’ve made a quick video showing you inside of my chinchilla’s cage that I’ve placed below.
It will let you see which tunnels I prefer in addition to other tips to implement.
You can see that video I put together here.
Chinchillas love anything that they can climb inside of.
Especially when they climb inside of the tunnel and on top of the tunnel.
It’s a win-win.
I highly recommend using tunnels that are NOT plastic.
Chinchillas are naturally chewing animals.
Chewing the actual tunnel is no big deal.
It’s the plastic that you want to avoid, so stick to tunnels without plastic, so you don’t end up with a sick chinchilla to deal with.
I currently use the Prevue Hendrix Tunnel and love it.
You can see it here (Link to Amazon)
It’s safe if your chinchilla wants to chew it.
Not to mention, it’s relatively durable for being so cheap, and it has multiple entry/exit points, which keeps things interesting for your furry little friend.
This doesn’t need to be rocket science in order to find the best tunnel.
Anything will suffice if it’s safe!
Cage Accessories Are Always Imperative with Chinchillas
No matter if you decide you want multiple tunnels or other items, the important thing to always remember is that cage accessories and additional toys are necessary.
I discuss this in TONS of my blog posts.
Your chinchilla is in their cage in most circumstances for more than 22-23 hours per day.
Yes, I understand that a great deal of this time is sleeping.
However, they are naturally curious and smart animals.
Don’t put yourself in that situation.
Consider other items as well, such as plenty of safe chew sticks and find some good nesting boxes for your chinchilla.
Even consider hanging a safe chinchilla hammock from the top deck of the cage to give your chinchilla another spot to sleep, climb or just relax if they prefer.
Where to Find the Best Chinchilla Tunnels
As mentioned in the paragraphs above, this isn’t rocket science.
Simply avoid plastic items when possible.
For nearly everything I purchase for my chinchilla, I turn to Amazon.
Mainly because Amazon continues to make my life easy with fast and free shipping.
If you avoid plastic, you can have fun searching for chinchilla tunnels wherever you please.
For the most part, they are going to be relatively cheap, and they are going to hold up for months or longer at a time.
It’s an easy and short process to find a few great tunnels for your chinchilla.
Other Safety Precautions and Tips
One last recommendation I have for you when searching for a tunnel is to ensure that it doesn’t seem too flimsy, and it’s not “too enclosed.”
The reason for this is the temperature issue you always must be aware of with chinchillas.
Chinchillas can overheat very quickly, and it can be fatal.
Make sure you don’t have a tunnel that appears it can collapse while your chinchilla is inside, or that doesn’t seem too difficult for your chinchilla to navigate inside and out of.
Typically, this is not going to be a concern with most of the tunnels you can find unless it seems very easy for chinchilla chewing to do damage to the foundations of the tunnel itself.
I have a bit of OCD when it comes to my chinchilla that hasn’t gone away during these first few years, so my methods typically involve purchasing what I think will be the most fun, and then merely monitoring a bit more closely for a few days to make sure things are working out okay inside of the cage.
However, I also work from home, which makes it very easy for me to keep tabs on the new items and my chinchilla in general.
I know that all of you don’t have this luxury.
That’s perfectly fine.
If that’s the case, simply make sure you check on them before and after work or before bed to make sure everything still seems safe and useable.
This doesn’t go for just chinchilla tunnels, either my friends.
Do this during any upgrades or new accessories you add to your cage.
Especially if it’s items like this or even a chinchilla hammock.
It’s just being an ethical and caring owner.
Nothing fancy about it and doesn’t require any additional work on your end.
Chinchilla tunnels are an awesome upgrade to any chinchilla cage.
If you read much on my website, you know I’m all about turning a chinchilla’s cage into a paradise and a playground in every way possible.
It’s just what I believe is necessary for a rodent that spends such a great deal of time inside of their cage.
It keeps them happy.
It keeps them healthy, and it keeps them stimulated during those times that you can’t always get them out for their favorite time of all.
Social interaction with you.
Let’s Hear All of Your Thoughts on This Topic
Do you utilize chinchilla tunnels to give your chinchilla more fun inside of their cage?
What’s your favorite tunnel to use?
Any other safety precautions you recommend for the readers to keep all of our chinchillas safe and healthy?
Be sure to share your thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.
Thanks again, and we will see you next time.