Should I Cover My Chinchillas Cage? [What You Need to Know]

If you’re new to owning a chinchilla, you may be curious about the best practices to implement once you arrive home and settle in with your new pet.

It’s completely normal, and I was the exact same way in the beginning.

Once I had my chinchilla cage situated, I began to wonder if my new chinchilla would be better off with their cage covered and what exactly I needed to do to provide the best care possible and to keep my chinchilla comfortable.

I realized I wasn’t the only person who had this question come to mind.

Individuals often ask, should I cover my chinchilla’s cage?

Due to this question coming up frequently, I wanted to dedicate this post to the topic at hand.

After owning a chinchilla for over 4 years now, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

No, you should not cover your chinchilla’s cage. Covering your chinchilla’s cage makes it difficult for your chinchilla to understand the natural day and night cycles, which is important for your chinchilla’s health, overall happiness, and even your chinchillas breeding and feeding schedules.

Put simply, avoid covering your chinchilla’s cage so they can remain in rhythm the way they would be in the wild.

This is important for their long-term health and overall behavior and moods.

That’s the short and direct answer to the question, but I also want to touch on other essential items to keep in mind on this subject.

I’ve created an easy to navigate table of contents below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.


Here is what I intend on breaking down for you in today’s brief post:

Like I stated before, if you want to skip around in this post to an area, you desire to read more about, feel free to do so directly above.

Otherwise, give me about 2 minutes, and I’ll have you on your way with the information you need to understand this topic.

Should I Cover My Chinchillas Cage Recap

Covering your chinchilla’s cage should be avoided.

As mentioned previously, it can really throw the balance and natural patterns of your chinchilla into whack.

Clearly, this is something we want to avoid.

There is also no real reason to cover their cage in general.

It won’t reduce any noise they make inside of the cage, limit any activity, and your chinchilla won’t enjoy it in general.

Chinchillas can see relatively well in low lighting conditions, but in general, they shouldn’t be navigating their cage in that level of darkness.

Especially due to how often they jump and climb throughout their cages.

It could potentially even cause injuries.

Now that we understand that we should not cover our chinchilla’s cage, it’s also important that we discuss what you need to know about choosing the best room to keep your chinchilla when you arrive home from the adoption or the breeder.

Choosing the Ideal Room is Important

Selecting the best room for your chinchilla is equally essential as realizing that you shouldn’t be covering your chinchilla’s cage.

Think of it like this.

If you aren’t supposed to cover a chinchilla’s cage because of the interrupt in light cycles, it’s also imperative that you choose a room in your home where you don’t interrupt natural light cycles.

This means it’s likely best to choose a room with at least some kind of light or even a small window.

A basement is still perfectly viable if light can enter the room.

However, you don’t want to use a basement or a room in your home where no light can enter.

This can also cause issues with your chinchillas’ natural tendencies, breeding schedules, and even eating behaviors.

Choose a room that can remain at ideal temperatures in addition to a room that can have some form of natural light for a chinchilla that can remain happy and healthy for the next few decades and you will be in excellent shape.

Ensure You Have the Best Cage Possible

Lastly, and I know I touch on this subject all the time in other blog posts, but I find it imperative to understand.

In addition to finding the best room for your chinchilla and ensuring they can keep their natural light cycles, it’s also imperative to always provide an adequately sized cage for your new chinchilla.

They need space to maneuver.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon)

It’s the perfect size for a chinchilla to have plenty of space and remain agile and happy.

You can also read my full review of the Critter Nation 2 cage here.

Don’t Create Social Distance with Your New Chinchilla

The last tip of the day that relates to covering a chinchilla’s cage and where to place the cage is to understand that chinchillas are very social creatures.

They love the interaction, and if it’s at all possible, it’s advised to keep a chinchilla in a room of the home where you will be able to communicate and see them throughout the day.

At least from time to time.

Simply put, don’t isolate your chinchilla entirely in a room or the basement that you never use.

Try maybe a spare room, a mudroom or a part of the basement where you go every and now and then.

This can help prevent issues such as boredom and perhaps even excessive chewing.

It can even help to prevent more severe versions such as depression.

Always spend what time you can with your or around your chinchilla if, of course, the time permits.

Final Thoughts

To recap, never cover your chinchilla’s cage.

Your chinchilla does not need under any circumstances to have their cage covered.

It can cause overheating, social isolation, and really mess with their natural behaviors and light cycles.

Nonetheless, Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming journey and your new chinchillas.

Share Your Thoughts

As always, I prefer that the readers and the community chime in and help each other out.

Do you have any further recommendations that you can give to the readers when it comes to covering a chinchilla’s cage and how to find the most ideal room for your chinchilla?

Be sure to share those thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.

Thanks again for stopping by, and we will see you next time.

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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