Chinchillas are an exciting and great family pet to own, but they do not come without a few things that need to be taken care of shortly after the adoption.
One of those tasks that you, as the chinchilla owner, need to complete right out of the gates is chinchilla proofing a room for them to interact, play and socialize with you in when they are out of the cage.
It is part of providing the best care you can for your new chinchilla and something that, unfortunately, cannot be avoided.
It often leads new chinchilla owners to ask a specific question.
How do you chinchilla proof a room?
Below, I have created a quick list of everything you need to do to proof a room for your chinchilla.
I also have gone into great detail on each item that needs to be completed during the chinchilla room proofing process for you to understand your options and reasons behind why you need to do certain things to protect your chinchilla in the room you choose.
Here is how I intend on breaking down this brief post for you today:
- How to Chinchilla Proof A Room and Why It Is Necessary
- Block Potential Escapes
- Cover Electrical Outlets and Cords
- Protect Other Chewable Items
- Hard Surfaces Are Best
- Other Animals Should Be Isolated
- Understand the Hiding Spots Holes and Furniture
- Temperature Needs to Be Kept in Check
- No Household Cleaners or Other Dangerous Items
- Never Outside
- Consider A Playpen and Play-Tent for Your Chinchilla
- Playtime Does not Mean to Get Cheap with Your Chinchilla Cage
- Final Thoughts
- Share Your Thoughts
If you feel you have a good understanding and know-how to chinchilla proof a room, feel free to use the links provided above to skip around throughout this post.
If, however, you are a brand-new chinchilla parent and need to understand everything about chinchilla proofing a room, stick around, and I will break it down for you step by step.
Here is how to chinchilla proof a room with a step by step guide.
How to Chinchilla Proof A Room and Why It Is Necessary
For the new chinchilla owners out there, this may all be new to you, and you may be curious about what chinchilla proofing entails and why it is necessary in the first place.
Here is the deal.
Chinchillas are very agile and have a unique ability to climb.
They can also jump well and find their way into tight spots.
The problem is that sometimes, they will find themselves in dangerous situations due to their inability to sweat and the fact that they overheat quickly.
It is also noteworthy to mention that they are significant chewers.
Meaning, if they get into an area that they should not and can access anything that can cause harm to them, it can become deadly.
They are curious rodents and do not recognize what is going to cause them harm.
Hence, the need to chinchilla proof a room where your chinchilla interacts and understand how to chinchilla a proof room correctly.
This is ultimately going to allow you to provide the best care for your chinchilla and keep them safe.
Let’s start diving into some of the situations that will come up when chinchilla proofing your room of choice and ensure we cover all angles of the job.
Block Potential Escapes
I would rank blocking potential escapes as one of the top concerns you need to eliminate when chinchilla proofing a room.
The reason being is simple.
Once they escape or gain access to a part of the home that you were not planning for, you can find yourself in quite the pickle.
Trust me, I have been there, and it was not fun, to say the least.
First, finding them can be a real pain after they get to an unexpected area.
This can also turn dangerous because you are not exactly sure what they are getting into or if they are remaining capable of keeping cool and not overheating.
Luckily, my chinchilla only got out of a small area in the basement but was still limited to the basement, which eliminated some of my search zones.
However, think of basements all over the world, and you will begin to understand the concerns.
You have older homes with sump pumps exposed, hot furnaces, and sometimes dark areas that will make it very tough to locate your chinchilla.
Therefore, it is best to limit the space for your chinchilla when they are out and about to a room you can control and understand the dangers.
It is the best way to chinchilla proof a room and is going to make you be much more at ease when you have them out to play and interact.
So, remember, block all potential escapes when chinchilla proofing your room of choice.
Cover Electrical Outlets and Cords
Next, we need to ensure that we limit the number of cords present in a room and the cords that are necessary, you want to make sure are covered completely.
Chinchillas are known to chew exposed wires, which can prove deadly if it is not taken care of.
I recommend purchasing the thicker cord covers such as these (Link to Amazon).
They simply can be cut to fit and Velcro around all your cords, and it is the current set up I use due to my home office being in the same room as my chinchilla.
Protect Other Chewable Items
Chinchilla’s are also known to chew trim and other fixings around the room such as furniture legs, sides of a table, and anything else they can get their teeth around.
These need to be protected as well to ensure your chinchilla is NOT ingesting any foreign substances or potentially choking on splintered wood or paint chips.
You can use protective coverings if you choose or you can block off the outer walls and items; they may be able to chew.
You could also consider a playpen for your chinchilla, which we will discuss in more depth shortly.
Hard Surfaces Are Best
Carpet can be another item your chinchilla decides to chew.
This can also cause issues with your chinchillas’ sensitive stomach or potentially cause choking.
Not to mention, when chinchilla proofing a room, you should also be striving to make your life easier.
Due to how often a chinchilla poops, it is a good idea to use a hard surface floor that makes sweeping up the poop or even cleaning any pee off the floor that much easier.
Other Animals Should Be Isolated
I personally do not allow my two dogs around my chinchilla at any time.
With how fragile a chinchilla is and how quickly they can become stressed, it is a bad idea and not worth the risk, in my opinion.
Make sure that when you are chinchilla proofing a room that you also ensure that other animals will not be present around your chinchilla when they are out for playtime.
Understand the Hiding Spots Holes and Furniture
This is not necessarily part of the proofing process, but it is essential to understand.
It is more of a research phase when chinchilla proofing.
Make sure that if you were to take your eyes off your chinchilla for a moment and can’t locate them in the room, you have checked the room and that you have a good understanding of where in the room they are likely hiding.
Often this will be under furniture, behind furniture, or in a dark spot.
It is entirely normal for a chinchilla to hide, especially early after the adoption.
If you know where they like to go when they get scared or when they are being stubborn about returning to their cage, your life will be much easier opposed to spending hours searching for them to return them back to the cage.
Temperature Need to Be Kept in Check
I touch on this in several posts on this site, but it is essential to discuss it.
You always need to ensure that the temperature of the room you are proofing and plan to spend time with your chinchilla is kept at ideal temperatures.
You can read my post here to understand the proper temperatures and humidity levels for chinchillas even better.
No Household Cleaners or Other Dangerous Items
Household cleaners, plants and other items that may have any chemicals present need to be kept away from your chinchilla.
If they are out and about, they should never have access to these items.
Ensure that during the chinchilla proofing process that you do a quick check around the room, ensuring all items that fall into this category are removed and secured in a different area.
I think most people are aware of this, but it is still worth mentioning.
Chinchillas should never be outside.
The climate is not suitable, and it is likely that they will runoff, and you will not be able to find them or catch them.
Never allow your chinchilla to play outside.
Consider A Playpen and Play-Tent for Your Chinchilla
This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give you on this topic.
A playpen that is adequate in size is always an excellent investment for a chinchilla owner and makes the chinchilla proofing process extremely easy.
I personally use the pop-up animal play tent that you can see here (Link to Amazon).
It has been fantastic and lasted me almost four years now.
You can also read my post about the best chinchilla playpens here if you need other options.
Playtime Does not Mean to Get Cheap with Your Chinchilla Cage
The last thing I want to mention before sending you on your way is that no matter how well you chinchilla proof a room and how often you play with a chinchilla, it still never should be a substitute for an excellent chinchilla cage that provides plenty of space.
You want to keep your chinchilla safe and happy when they are in the cage and out of the cage.
At the end of the day, learning how to chinchilla proof a room is not difficult and just requires a tiny bit of work before playing and interacting with your chinchilla for the first time.
Ensure you check all the boxes and chinchilla proof your room in the fashion we have discussed in this post today.
Chili and I certainly wish you the best of luck with your chinchilla proofing process and your new chinchilla’s.
Share Your Thoughts
Do you have any further recommendations you can provide about how-to chinchilla proof a room?
Have you run into other issues with a room when your chinchilla was out of the cage that you recommend the readers proofing beforehand?
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.