If you have decided to embark on adopting a chinchilla or have just adopted your first chinchilla, you may be in a state of panic and have a long list of questions that you feel anxiety about and one of those questions may be regarding if chinchillas need a bed?
Is there a bed you can purchase for a chinchilla?
I was the exact same way spending countless hours googling various topics about my chinchilla as well.
Chinchillas are very easy to care for, but that doesn’t mean questions don’t arise.
One of those questions I see often is concerning what a chinchilla needs to sleep happily.
Do chinchillas need beds?
As a current chinchilla owner and going through the same struggles as you in the beginning, here is what I can tell you on this topic.
So, do chinchillas need a bed? No, chinchilla’s do not need a bed. For your chinchilla to sleep comfortably, they will need a hiding box, a cage that’s adequate in size, and bedding beneath their cage bottoms. A chinchilla does not need a bed inside of their cage to sleep comfortably.
Although chinchillas do not need a bed for sleeping, it is essential you provide the other items we discussed just a moment ago.
Here’s what on my lesson plan for the day:
- Why You Don’t Need A Chinchilla Bed
- Best Options For A Chinchilla Bed
- Nesting Boxes and Hammocks Are The Best Chinchilla Beds
- Other Considerations
- My Chinchilla Cage Setup and Sleeping Arrangments
- Final Thoughts
Like I mentioned above if you need to skip around, feel free to use the links above to save some time and effort.
Otherwise, stick around for about 2-minutes and I’ll break down everything you need to know about if a chinchilla bed is necessary and what you can do instead.
Why You Don’t Need A Chinchilla Bed
Here’s the thing about chinchilla beds.
They don’t really exist.
When someone refers to chinchilla beds, they are likely referring to 1 of 2 things.
A better way to word this question is if chinchillas need something special for a bed or anything inside of the cage to sleep inside of.
The answer to this is still not 100%, yes but hammocks and nesting boxes are the closest form of a chinchilla bed that exists.
Additionally, I do highly recommend both of these items be placed inside of your chin’s cage.
Chinchillas love hammocks or “hanging beds” as some may call them.
Some chinchillas prefer hammocks more than others but overall, they are an excellent upgrade your chinchilla will appreciate.
Just don’t get carried away and get a hammock or hanging bed that’s not safe for your chinchilla.
One of the best things you can do is ensure you choose one of the best hammocks possible.
You can see my post about the most recommend chinchilla hammocks here.
This is going to keep you using the safest and most durable hammocks possible for your chinchilla.
Nesting Boxes and Hammocks Make For The Best Chinchilla Beds
Never neglect that your chinchilla also needs a wooden nesting box.
These are critical to ensuring your chinchilla feels safe and 9 out of 10 days, the nesting box will serve as your chinchilla’s bed.
It’s purely a safe spot and they love to sleep inside of these boxes.
I recommend a hiding box such as the Kaytee Hut Hideout (Link to Amazon).
It’s all your chinchilla needs to sleep happy and safe.
Not to mention it’s cheap and takes about 15 seconds to put together.
I’m sure you may be wondering, what’s so special about these nesting boxes?
Here’s the deal.
Chinchillas are naturally the preyed upon species in the wild.
Although they may love you and recognize you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t prefer to feel safe and hidden while sleeping.
My chinchilla never sleeps anywhere except her hiding box and her hammock.
You will not catch my chinchilla catching some ZZZ’s anywhere else in the cage.
The hiding box and hammock only.
It allows them to feel safe, and away from all the commotion and outside noise taking place around the home.
It also provides a dark environment.
While chinchillas can sleep without issues with lights on as well, they prefer a somewhat dark environment while resting.
A hiding box takes care of this issue.
In addition to the hiding/nesting box inside of your chinchilla cage, you also need a few other things to provide the correct environment for your chinchilla which we will touch on next.
Better Options For A Chinchilla Bed and Chinchilla Cage
Like I stated before, your chinchilla does not need a bed inside of their cage because chinchilla beds don’t really exist.
Something else I recommend to make your chinchilla sleep happy is to invest in fleece liners as your new bedding option.
This provides a soft surface for your chinchilla to rest inside of their hiding box.
It also reduces injuries and problems within your chinchillas’ small foot bones.
Ultimately it saves you money in the long run by eliminating shavings and other bedding material.
Fleece is simply one of the best chinchilla bedding options you can choose.
I use this specific Fleece (Link to Amazon) for my chinchilla cage.
It comes pre-fitted for the Critter Nation 2 Cage (Link to Amazon) which is one of the most popular options you can choose for your chinchilla’s cage.
If you still are in the planning process or haven’t purchased a cage, you can refer to my post about the best chinchilla cages here.
These cages provide the minimum amount of space and allow for all the upgrades we have been discussing this far into the post.
Chinchillas need all the space they can get.
You need to be encouraging jumping.
Not to mention, a large cage helps with their natural wants and desires to climb from shelf to shelf non-stop.
This can even support adopting the second chinchilla in the future.
In addition to the fleece and an adequate size cage, it’s also essential to always provide plenty of shelves.
Here’s a quick post breaking down the best chinchilla toys if you need further information.
Outside of the items, we have discussed to ensure you provide your chinchilla, you don’t have much else you need to do to provide the perfect environment for your chin.
Ensure you keep your room where your chinchilla is located at ideal temperatures.
Always ensure you allow your chinchilla some form of a light to see as they move throughout their cage.
Always provide love and affection.
If you do these things, you are going to be off to an excellent start with your chinchilla.
How I Structure and Set Up My Chinchilla Cage
Like I stated before, I currently use the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage for my chinchilla.
As of today, I have it structured the way I know my 2-year old female chinchilla prefers.
The entire cage has the fleece liners, as I mentioned previously.
On the next level, I have hanging chew items for her to play with.
On the next level up (platform 3 of the cage) I have more hanging chew toys and her potty-training area I’m currently working with.
*Update* November 25th, 2019
I was able to successfully potty train my chinchilla to urinate in her litter box.
If you need information about the best chinchilla litter, you can see my post here.
You can also see my post about litter boxes here.
On the 4th and final platform of the cage, I have her purple chinchilla hammock accessible in case she does decide or prefers a change of scenery and somewhere to relax and sleep.
She’s been using her hammock much more often lately.
I think this is partly due to the fact that she is used to it and more comfortable with her surroundings.
And yes, in case you are wondering, the hammock I use is the number 1 ranked hammock in my post referenced a few paragraphs back.
This setup plus regular cage cleanings for my chin has never seemed to net her much to be annoyed with.
She seems to be happy and flourishing.
Like I stated before, chinchillas don’t need much and are easy to care for.
It’s part of the reason they make such great pets to own.
If you are sure to provide the few things they do need and make time for bonding and love, your chinchilla will be happy for the next 15-20 years barring any illness or other unfortunate events.
Final Thoughts On If Chinchillas Need A Bed
Chinchilla’s are a friendly, relatively low maintenance pet that makes things easy on us.
If anything, all chinchilla’s really do is bring joy and smiles to our faces daily.
This is the way it’s been for me at least this far into my chinchilla parenting journey.
Let’s re-emphasize briefly.
Do chinchillas need a bed? No chinchilla’s do not need a bed.
Chinchillas need a hiding/nesting box; an adequate sized and clean cage and they will be content and happy.
I would, however, love to hear your feedback on this topic.
Does Your Chinchilla Have A Bed?
Do you provide your chinchilla anything that we haven’t covered in today’s post?
What kind of chinchilla beds have you ever seen or used outside of nesting boxes and hammocks?
How did it work out?
Be sure to share your thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading.
Chili and I appreciate you and will see you next time.