Owning a chinchilla comes with a few unique challenges. Not to worry, however, becoming a new chinchilla parent is fantastic in nearly every fashion possible.
Part of becoming a new chinchilla owner requires that you understand how to perform certain functions that allow you to provide the best care possible to your new family pet.
One of the areas that I see new chinchilla owners often struggle with is simply getting their chinchilla out of the cage and placing their chinchilla back in the cage.
Especially in the initial days of arriving home with your new pet.
Luckily, that’s what this post is designed to teach you.
In this post, I want to go over what you need to understand and what tips you can implement for successfully getting your chinchilla inside and outside of the cage.
Below is a list of quick links that breaks down what you can expect to read and learn throughout this brief post.
Feel free to skip around to any specific section you desire to learn more about.
Here is what is on the lesson plan for today:
- How to Get a Chinchilla in and Out of The Cage Explained?
- Understanding a Chinchillas Behavior and The First Days Home
- Earn Trust to Succeed
- Keep It Slow and Calm, Especially in The Beginning
- Using a Chinchilla Proofed Room Vs. Using a Pop-Up Animal Play Tent
- Make it Fun
- Close Supervision is Imperative
- Getting on Your Chinchillas Level and Not Pushing the Situation
- Consider Using a Travel Carrier with Treats
- Dust Baths Can Work Wonders if Necessary
- Final Thoughts
- Share Your Thoughts on This Topic
As stated previously, getting your chinchilla in and out of the cage for playtime, dust baths, and other activities can certainly be challenging in the beginning if you don’t know what you’re doing.
If you need to skip around in the post, feel free to do so above.
Otherwise, stick around for just a few minutes, and I’ll give you all the tips and tricks I recommend for successfully getting your chinchilla in and out the cage with ease.
I’ve also created a quick video you can reference on this topic as well that you can see directly below.
While the video includes a few tips, I still highly recommend reading the rest of this post to ensure you get all the critical tips and tricks you need to get your chinchilla in and out of the cage with ease.
Here is that video for you.
Now that we have seen a visual, let’s dive into the rest of the information that’s essential to understand and get you in a place where you are getting your chinchilla in and out of the cage with ease.
Here are the details you need to know.
How to Get a Chinchilla in and Out of The Cage Explained
Trust me, my friends, and fellow chinchilla owners, I know exactly what you are going through, and I’ve been in the exact same situation when I first adopted my chinchilla.
It’s tough in the beginning to get your chinchilla to do much of anything before they adapt to their environment and get used to you as the new owner.
It merely takes time, and the sooner you welcome that idea, the better off you will be.
One thing you don’t want to do is resort to seemingly easy solutions, like putting your pet in a harness. Read “Can Chinchillas Wear Harnesses?” to learn why this is a bad idea.
So you know the only solution is time and patience. But it’s still important to understand the basics, understand the personality characteristics of chinchillas, and know what to do to successfully get your chinchilla out of the cage and to place them back inside of the cage for when the time does arise.
For starters, let’s get you familiar with how your new chinchilla will likely behave during the initial days home and what you can expect to see from your chinchilla.
Understanding a Chinchillas Behavior and The First Days Home
Getting a chinchilla in and out of their cage all begins with understanding a chinchilla’s natural behaviors and tendencies.
If you understand this, your one step ahead of the game because you can relate to your chinchilla and know why they are behaving in the manner that they are.
For example, it’s imperative to understand that chinchillas are naturally shy and scared in the beginning.
This should come as no surprise due to a chinchilla naturally being the victim of being hunted in the wild.
It can take days, weeks, or even months for a chinchilla to start coming out of there shell and to begin showing more love and affection towards you.
This all starts with your efforts in the process and what you do to gain your chinchilla’s trust and respect.
That’s what we need to cover next and perhaps the most critical advice you will find in this entire post.
Earn Trust to Succeed
Earning trust with your chinchilla takes time.
Plain and simple.
It takes you respecting your chinchillas’ space and moving at the speed they are comfortable with.
In the beginning, this is a very slow speed.
In fact, I don’t even recommend letting your chinchilla out of the cage much in the first few weeks.
All that needs to be happening during this warmup period is you interacting and speaking to your chinchilla from the opposite side of the cage bars.
They can take their dust baths and remain inside their cage while they get used to all sights and smells around your home.
It won’t take long for them to warm up to you, and it’s much better to take things slow and let your chinchilla move at a comfortable pace during this period.
If you try and push the issue too much, it can be difficult to gain your chinchilla’s trust.
They do get scared easily, so it’s important not to push the boundaries too much.
This leads me to emphasize on this topic even more…
Keep It Slow and Calm, Especially in The Beginning
Even after a few weeks and assuming the warmup period has passed, and your chinchilla is showing a bit more enthusiasm, it’s still important to take things slow in the beginning.
You don’t want to try and overly cuddle or handle your chinchilla in these early phases, even if the trust has been somewhat established.
Now that you are letting your chinchilla out of the cage and interacting, it’s still best to allow your chinchilla to dictate the tempo and pace of the relationship.
Get on your chinchillas’ level and sit down on the floor with them.
Allow them to come to you, sniff you, and jump all over you.
They may not do this much in the beginning days when you are attempting to get them in and out of the cage on a frequent basis, but trust me, they will start interacting with you more, and they enjoy this time out of the cage.
Now, if you want to speed up the process and make the bonding accelerate even faster in addition to making your life that much easier when it comes to getting your chinchilla out of the cage and placing your chinchilla back in the cage, I highly recommend reading on and understanding my next suggestion.
Using a Chinchilla Proofed Room Vs. Using a Pop-Up Animal Play Tent
I’m not sure how many individuals use one of the methods I’m about to present to you, but I can assure you that it certainly works.
Let’s start with the most common and known way of letting your chinchilla out for playtime, which involves just ensuring that you have a chinchilla proofed room in the house.
Typically, you are aware and understand that you have a lot of areas in the home that aren’t safe.
That’s why it’s usually recommended that you begin with a room such as a bathroom with the toilet lid closed.
The problem you encounter when letting a chinchilla or attempting to get a chinchilla out of the cage is the immediate threat that typical household rooms can pose for them.
This can include other pets roaming, exposed wires, or areas where it can become challenging to find them if they jump out of your sight, such as a cluttered basement where they can easily run away and hide.
This is clearly going to make it more difficult to return your chinchilla to the cage as well.
Again, in these situations, either fully proof the room where you intend on letting your chinchilla out of the cage in or stick to a small room where you can keep an eye on your chinchilla such as a bathroom.
Now, comes my secret weapon.
I used this method in the beginning, still use this method to this day and swear it’s an excellent alternative for interacting with your chinchilla.
My Secret Method #2 For Letting Your Chinchilla Out of The Cage
The pop-up animal play tent.
This is my secret method to accomplish several things when you own a chinchilla.
First and foremost, it makes it extremely easy to get your chinchilla in and out of the cage.
Especially for a beginner.
All you need to do is open the flap or door entry on the pop-up animal play tent and then open the cage door into the tent.
This means when your chinchilla exits the cage, the only place they can go is into the tent with you.
This means that you can be hands-off in the beginning while your chinchilla is getting used to you and beginning to build a bond with you.
Next, it’s 100% safe for your chinchilla to interact and play with you inside.
No cords to worry about, and nowhere your chinchilla can escape and find other potential dangers.
Not to mention, it’s fully breathable and has plenty of room for your chinchilla to jump in addition to having several other adults inside of interacting.
It’s a great tool and surely makes getting your chinchilla outside of the cage and being put back into the cage a walk in the park.
Here is the exact pop-up tent I use in my basement for my chinchilla (Link to Amazon).
Seriously, outside of choosing one of the best chinchilla cages, this is arguably one of the purchases I’d recommend not skipping for all new chinchilla owners.
If need be, choose a smaller size to save a few bucks, but overall, this is a must-have for any new chinchilla owner.
A nice added benefit we haven’t mentioned yet about this method is the mere fact that it also helps build the bond with your chinchilla faster.
This is because it forces a closer interaction with you as the owner.
It will only take a few days using one of these pop-up tents before your chinchilla is jumping on your shoulder and getting more used to being handled by you as the owner.
Now, no matter which method you prefer to use, we still need to make it fun and interactive for your chinchilla, which leads me to my next point to discuss.
Make it Fun for Your Chinchilla to Get Them Out of the Cage
Whether you are using the tent idea or a chinchilla proofed room, you still want to make it somewhat entertaining for your chinchilla when they are out of the cage.
Give them a reason to want to interact with you outside of the cage.
This can include using items such as empty toilet paper rolls or other fun items to chew and climb in.
Of course, you can always offer them a dust bath that they are sure to enjoy as well.
The point is that you don’t just want your chinchilla in a safe room, bouncing off a few walls and returning to their cage.
Give them at least a little something to do during their time out of the cage for optimal results.
Close Supervision is Imperative
Alright, let’s move into another safety tip you need to be implementing when you are getting your chinchilla out of the cage.
Supervision is always imperative.
You don’t want to leave your chinchilla out of the cage with no supervision.
This is a remedy for them to run away, which can be very difficult to locate them if this happens.
Not to mention the other dangers they may be able to find.
When you get your chinchilla out of the cage, interact with them, and keep a close eye on them to ensure nothing happens to your new furry friend.
Getting on Your Chinchillas Level and Not Pushing the Situation
Alright, let’s figure that you have been able to get your chinchilla out of the cage, but now you are struggling to gain your chinchilla’s trust to get them back inside of the cage.
One tip I have for you is to simply begin interacting with them on their level.
Yes, it sounds exactly as I mean it to sound.
Get down on the floor and interact with your chinchilla.
Lay down or sit on your butt and talk to your chinchilla.
Sit with your palm out and let your chinchilla come to you in the beginning.
It is the best way to begin teaching your chinchilla to enjoy being held and to have full trust in you.
It’s also one of the only options you have if you want to begin having zero troubles with getting your chinchilla back into their cage without issues.
However, let’s not forget that sometimes, chinchillas can just be stubborn in the early days of ownership and may need a tad bit more incentive to get them back inside of their cage.
Don’t worry, we will plan and be ready for that possibility as well.
Consider Using a Travel Carrier with Treats
One of the last resorts you can try is to use one of the better travel carriers and place treats such as dried oats or other dried fruit inside of.
Don’t force or push your chinchilla into the carrier.
Simply wait and sit with the door open on the cage and then shut the cage as soon as your chinchilla has entered.
I’m not a big fan of this method mainly because I believe it somewhat breaks the trust.
If your chinchilla went into the travel carrier on good terms and realizes it was simply to trap them and return them to their cage, it likely won’t work on many subsequent attempts.
Chinchillas are very smart rodents and don’t like to be fooled.
Nonetheless, returning your chinchilla to their proper cage needs to get done one way or another, and if all else is failing during the initial week of having your chinchilla home, a travel case may be a viable path to take to get the job done safely.
Dust Baths Can Work Wonders if Necessary
Dust baths are another great way to get your chinchilla in and out of their cage with ease.
Chinchillas absolutely love their dust baths, and they understand what that container full of dust represents for them.
Use a dust bathhouse that has a full enclosure and lure your chinchilla inside and back into the cage using the dust bath to entice them.
It’s not one of my favorite methods, but it’s a fantastic way to get the job done and can even help you find your chinchilla if they have decided to find a hiding spot from you during the first few weeks home.
At the end of the day, this post was designed to do nothing except help you use the best methods for getting your chinchilla out of the cage and back into the cage with ease.
Chinchillas make for fantastic pets.
Especially once they have had time to build a bond with you and built trust with you.
The initial weeks may be a struggle while you are building this bond, and it’s likely going to be the hardest period you ever face when it comes to safely getting your chinchilla out of the cage and getting your chinchilla back into the cage.
Don’t fear this, however.
This phase ends quickly, and once you have a good understanding of how chinchillas interact and what they prefer, this will no longer be a struggle for you.
We have all been there, and we all go through that initial warm phase in the beginning.
They warm up to you, and it gets easier every day.
Share Your Thoughts on This Topic
What methods do you use to get your chinchilla in and out of the cage with ease?
Do you use any methods that we haven’t discussed in this post yet?
Be sure to share those thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by.
Thanks again for reading, and we will see you again next time.