Do Chinchillas Need a Litter Box? [Options + Tips & More]


Owning a chinchilla is a unique journey, to say the least.

At least that’s my take on it thus far into my chinchilla parenting.

A question that tends to spark some confusion is concerning what to do about chinchilla potty training and what the best methods may be.

More specifically, do chinchillas need a litter box?

After some trial and error, and multiple years under my belt owning a chinchilla, here is what I can tell you.

So, do chinchillas need a litter box? No, chinchillas do not need a litter box. Chinchillas can be potty trained with dedication and time, but most chinchillas either urinate and defecate into chinchilla bedding or on fleece liners built specifically for chinchilla cages.

I know that doesn’t break down the specifics, which is why this post is being put together for you.

In this post, I intend to cover the pros and cons of using a chinchilla litter box, how fleece liners can benefit your chinchilla, and how to set up your chinchilla cage in the best possible fashion.

This quick post is roughly a 2-minute read from start to finish.

I’ve also created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire or would like to learn more about.

Here’s what I intend on covering:

As stated previously, if you are in a hurry, use the links directly above to skip to whichever section you need further information about.

If, however, you are not in a hurry and need the specifics, I highly recommend you stick around for those 3 minutes.

Here’s what you need to know.

Why Chinchilla’s Don’t Need a Litter Box

Chinchillas absolutely don’t need a litter box.

However, it is possible to potty train a chinchilla successfully with some effort and dedication.

The reason chinchillas don’t need a litter box is purely because it’s rare that chinchilla owners take the time to potty train a chinchilla.

As a disclaimer as well, I’ve yet to see an individual potty train a chinchilla to poop inside of a litter box.

Sorry, my friends, but finding ways to keep the chinchilla poop in the cage will always be a task.

I have seen individuals, including myself, successfully train a chinchilla to urinate in a litter pan.

I personally use this Chinchilla Critter Litter Pan here (Link to Amazon)

My above-referenced link a few sentences back will take you to my post about how to effectively go through the process of potty training your chinchilla if that’s something you desire to do.

I am only 1 chinchilla owner.

For the most part, chinchilla owners simply allow their chinchilla to urinate and poop on chinchilla bedding that’s cleaned or discarded during regular cage cleanings.

Towards the end of this post, I’ll fill you in on another tip that can save you a ton of time and effort, as well.

Is Potty Training a Chinchilla Worth the Time?

The answer to this question entirely depends on you and how much time and effort you want to devote.

Is potty training a chinchilla a requirement?

Absolutely not.

I would say that 99 percent of chinchillas freely urinate and poop onto chinchilla bedding like stated previously.

However, it’s not overly challenging to train a chinchilla to urinate into 1 critter litter pan, which can hold some actual benefits such as bedding needing changed less often or fleece liners needing to be washed less frequently.

Don’t see it as an obligation to go through this process with your chinchilla unless you love the challenge, or you have the spare time to dedicate to the project.

I was personally intrigued if this would be successful or not, so I decided to give it a try.

Luckily, after a month or so, she started using her litter pan to do her business.

While this doesn’t change too much for you and your chinchilla, it does make like slightly easier going forward and can save you a few minutes a week with your regular cage maintenance.

Remember, if it’s something that makes owning a chinchilla slightly more manageable on a weekly basis, that adds up to a much easier life parenting a chinchilla, in general, considering they live for 15-20 years.

Just some food for thought.

Fleece Liners Always Save The Day

Here is the winning approach from every angle.

Use fleece liners for your chinchilla cage.

It’s the best chinchilla bedding I can recommend to anyone.

Fleece liners save you time, headache, and remain clean.

Not to mention they look much better than old school bedding.

I currently use these Piggy Bed Spread Liners (Link to Amazon) that are custom fit for my Critter Nation 2 Cage.

If you are looking for a cage that allows for these custom fit liners, I’d recommend checking out my post about the best chinchilla cages.

It’s going to break down your options for this specific scenario.

You can see that here.

I do however recommend the Critter Nation 2 Chinchilla cage (Link to Amazon) personally if you happen to be in the market for a new cage or need to upgrade.

You can read my full review on the Critter Nation Chinchilla Cage here.

Anyways, let’s move on.

If you don’t feel like potty training, your chinchilla, no problem.

Simply remove these liners a few times a week, wash them in cold water and you are good to go.

If you really want to kick it up one step higher, I recommend taking the time to potty train your chinchilla to urinate in the potty-training pan and use the fleece liners.

All I really need to do for regular cage cleaning is sweep the poop out of the cage, run the liners through the washer just to freshen them up, and I’m good to go.

Final Thoughts

I didn’t intend to keep this post so short and sweet, but the question being asked only demanded a quick and concise answer.

To recap, do chinchillas need a litter box? No, chinchillas do not need a litter box.

Potty training your chinchilla to use a litter box to urinate is just something you may choose to do if you that’s your desire.

Otherwise, implement the fleece liners approach I discussed previously or simply use basic chinchilla safe bedding, and you will be in good shape.

That’s all there is to it.

Share Your Thoughts on The Topic?

How many of you took the time to potty train your chinchilla?

How did it turn out, and do you have any further recommendations for the readers?

Chili and I love to hear from the audience, so be sure to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas by dropping a comment below.

As always, we appreciate you stopping by and will catch 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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