Chinchilla and Degu Cages
If you are lucky enough to be the owner of cute, furry little chinchillas, you will be looking to get the best possible chinchilla cage for them to live in. Finding the right chinchilla cage for sale takes knowing what to look for. Chinchillas are known for big, round eyes, and large ears - which is what makes them so cute! They are not a challenging pet to keep, but a large chinchilla cage is the way to go if you are planning to keep one in the home!
Chinchilla Cages: What To Look For
Chinchillas are very much social creatures, and if you are planning to get one, you should probably plan to get a second! They like to be in pairs or more, and you need a large chinchilla cage to house them in so that they have plenty of space to live and play. Chinchillas become stressed in small pet cages, and you will often find smaller cages in pet stores for them. It is essential, therefore, that you find a large cage designed explicitly for chinchillas instead. Below, we have put together a list of the things that you have to look for when you are shopping for chinchilla cages.
Lots Of Space
As cute and fluffy as chinchillas are, they can jump up to six feet in one leap! That is quite a leap for such a tiny creature, which is why you need to make sure that your cage is a minimum of 12 cubic feet. The biggest cage you can find should have more than one level so that more than one chinchilla can play happily.
Like most small animals, chinchillas chew on everything and anything. The chinchilla cages that you choose must be made of metal to avoid the chinchilla chewing right through it. Metal is escape-proof, and you must select this as chinchillas can get through any small space! Lots of strong bars with no more than 0.5" of space between each one will do the trick.
Easy To Access
If you ensure that your cage is easy to access, you will be able to keep the cage exceptionally clean and access your chinchilla as you need to.
You want your chinchilla to remain as healthy as possible, and for that, they need a clean cage. You need to know how to do it properly, but luckily, it is not very hard to keep up with it! Some of the things that you need to know about keeping a chinchilla cage clean include:
- Sweep up the small messes to prevent them from growing into big ones
- A handheld vacuum will ensure that you can suck up any debris pushed out of the cage by your cheeky chinchilla!
- Wipe and sweep down any surfaces of the cage every day. Chinchillas do not like to sleep in their own mess!
- Once a week, change the bedding and fleece covers so that everything stays fresh and clean.
- A disinfectant should be used once a month to keep the cage clean.
Now you know what to look for, you can find the best chinchilla cage for sale!
Degu Cages: tell me more!
When choosing a pet, you need to ensure that you can give it the kind of home it needs. When bringing a Degu into your home, you need the right cage to give these playful, curious and social animals. One that gives them enough room to burn off their seemingly infinite stores of energy while also keeping them cool, stimulated and happy.
Here we’ll look at some of the things you should consider when choosing and setting up a Degu cage...
Rodent cages come in all sorts of materials, so it’s important to know what’s a good fit for your Degu. Some cages have glass walls, and these are generally not a good fit for Degus as they can be prone to overheating. Degus like to be cool and temperatures over 20°C can make them prone to stress and heatstroke. You should also consider a cage with wire walls or metal walls and a wooden floor. While wood is chewable or Degus, they will not be able to gnaw a flat wooden floor.
Degus are intelligent and adventurous creatures, so you should make sure that the space between bars is no more than 2 cm. Otherwise they may be able to squirm through in the pursuit of unscheduled free-range time!
Room for two
Degus are very social creatures. Much like their cousin, the guinea pig, Degus need to spend time with their own kind, so you should always choose a cage that can comfortably fit two or more Degus. Needless to say, it’s advisable to keep same-sex pairings and to ensure that females don’t come into close contact with groups of males as this can lead to fighting.
The RSPCA’s recommended guidelines for Degu Cage size are 100 cm (h)x 60 cm (w) x 60 cm (d).
Levels and ramps
Degus are very active creatures that love to climb up and down ramps. A horizontal cage is never a good fit for a Degu. You should ensure that they have plenty of vertical space within which they can climb and frolic.
While a vivarium can make a great home for a Degu, it’s important to remember that they are prolific chewers who will make short work of plastic doors and vents, so these will need to be supplemented or replaced.
When positioning your Degu Cage, it’s important to remember that they need to be able to stay cool. However, they can also get pneumonia, so don’t keep them anywhere too cold. They should also be in a space that’s well ventilated (so garages are a no-no). They should have some access to sunlight so they can coordinate their body clocks accordingly, but never position a Degu Cage in direct sunlight. Keep them away from radiators, too. Try to keep Degus at around waist hight or higher. They’re prey animals and may get stressed when they keep seeing the shapes of human bodies overhead.
What to keep in your cage?
As well as choosing the right Degu Cage, you also need to ensure that it’s packed with the right combination of amenities to keep themselves comfortable, healthy and entertained.
You should pack your Degu Cage with:
- Material for burrowing (bark chips, peat and dust-extracted bedding)
- A sand bath
- An exercise wheel (at least 25cm in diameter)
- Clay piping for tunnelling
- Toys and treats
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