Chinchillas are characterized by being active animals with infinite curiosity that makes them immerse themselves in all kinds of corners. But, in addition, these small mammals have a very friendly and playful character, which has fallen in love with all kinds of people who are fortunate enough to live with one of these rodents..
However, when we consider adopting a chinchilla, it is very important to know its needs so that your friend is happy and healthy. It is for this reason that, in this AnimalWised article, we want to advise you which are the best toys for chinchillas, so you can make sure that your pet is entertained and satisfied living with you.You may also be interested in: The best hamster toys Index
- Chinchilla Accessories
- Chinchilla litter box
- Chinchilla teethers
- Interactive toy for chinchillas
- Chinchilla play park
- Homemade chinchilla toys
One way to entertain and make our chinchilla happy is through various accessories, such as:
Chinchillas need a place to shelter and feel safe inside their cage. For this reason, he will appreciate if you offer him a good house or bed in the shape of a nest where he can hide and rest at ease..
As you have seen, hide and explore These are two activities that chinchillas adore, and it is for this reason that tunnels are a good option for them to carry out this activity. Your chinchilla will love to hide inside to rest, as well as run through them when they feel like running.
Chinchillas are very active animals, which do not stop moving up and down without stopping. But while they are in their cage, they also need to be able to stretch their legs at ease. Using the chinchilla wheel, your pet can run nonstop when I'm more active and spend all this energy.
Climbing toys for chinchillas
Within this group, we include those accessories such as stairs, bridges and ramps, whose purpose is that your chinchilla has the possibility of going up and down at different levels, strengthening its muscles and staying active.
Swing and seesaws for chinchillas
These kinds of accessories are usually hung from the ceiling of the cage and give your chinchilla the possibility of jump on them, as well as balancing, strengthening your muscles and sense of balance.
Chinchilla litter box
Chinchillas are animals very clean, which cannot bathe with water due to its fine and thick fur. Its fur is not prepared to live in humid environments, so it easily accumulates moisture if it gets wet, making it difficult to dry and there is a risk that the chinchilla will get sick..
It is for this reason that chinchillas perform sand baths to wash thoroughly. Therefore, it is essential that your pet has access to a large container with specific sand for chinchillas (not just any type of sand will work), and you will see how she will enjoy rolling in the sand.
In this other article we explain more about the sand bath of chinchillas.
Chinchillas they love to gnaw. But this activity, in addition to being so lazy, is really necessary for your health, Specifically so that they do not develop dental problems, since by nibbling the chinchillas they are able to strengthen and maintain a correct shape in their teeth. Therefore, it is strictly necessary to give your chinchilla objects that it can nibble on. Otherwise, you will end up destroying other unsuitable items.
In your trusted pet store, you will find all kinds of teethers. These will typically be made of wood or other materials that are harmless to your pet..
Now that you know that chinchillas need to gnaw to maintain good dental health, you may be interested in reading this other article on Basic care of a domestic chinchilla.
Interactive toy for chinchillas
This class of toys are intended to encourage your chinchilla's curiosity, proposing challenges or stimulating their senses with the general purpose of getting a prize. They mainly stand out:
Candy holder toy
This class of toys, also known as award dispensers, They contain, as you may have already deduced, food inside. Therefore, they invite the chinchilla to play and get the treat as it interacts with the toy, ensuring great moments of entertainment so that your pet is distracted and satisfied..
This toy is characterized by being a carpet within which prizes can be hidden. In this way, it encourages the sense of smell to find food. Plus, it provides you with the mental stimulation you need.
There are several kinds of intelligence toys. Normally, you will see that these are aimed at rabbits or guinea pigs, but you can also offer them to your chinchilla. This toy usually pose challenges for your pet, which he must solve to obtain the prize, such as using his legs to remove an obstacle that prevents him from reaching the long-awaited treat.
Chinchilla play park
There are many types of playgrounds or gyms for chinchillas, which are characterized by being very complete toys in which your chinchilla can entertain himself by doing all kinds of exercises.
These structures are usually made up of a base on which there are different kinds of toys and accessories, such as stairs, ramps, seesaws and teethers. In this way, you give your chinchilla the possibility to carry out several activities in a single toy, such as climbing, swinging, gnawing, etc..
Homemade chinchilla toys
As you have seen, there are multiple options available to you in the market for your chinchilla to spend great moments of entertainment. However, if you are looking for cheaper alternatives, here are some ideas of homemade toys, made with homemade materials, that you can offer your pet:
Preparing wood at home for chinchillas
An inexpensive option to give you objects to bite to your chinchilla, is to collect sticks and branches yourself. In the same way, you can choose large branches and with different shapes to place in your chinchilla's cage and serve as climbing toys.
But for this, it will not serve that you give it directly once collected, but you must prepare it properly so that there is no risk of your pet getting hurt or ill, in case the wood will not be found 100% free of substances and pathogens.
First of all, you should know that not just any type of wood will work for your chinchilla, since many of these can be toxic. You should avoid the branches of:
- Other evergreens.
Nor will it be advisable to give branches that present lichens, either treated wood slats or boards or other similar materials, as they can be harmful to your chinchilla.
Next, once you have chosen a suitable wood for your pet, you must:
- In case you want to offer them to chew on, cut the branches into small pieces so that your chinchilla can easily pick them up and manipulate them with their paws..
- Boil the wood for 15-20 minutes to sterilize it, that is, eliminate pathogens that could make your chinchilla sick.
- Scrub the wood with a brush to remove all dirt and rinse with water. Repeat the process until the water runs clear.
- Finally, once they are completely clean, put the sticks on a dry towel outdoors and let them dry in the sun.
Decorating your chinchilla's cage with collected branches is always a good option. And if you are a handyman, you can try to conconstruct more complex structures, like stairs or swings. However, taking these previous steps is essential to ensure that they will not be harmful to your pet..
Hanging wooden toy for chinchillas
If you want to try to make a simple toy, made with the sterilized wood from the previous section, you can try to hang the wood by means of a rope so that your chinchilla entertains trying to reach it.
The options that you have at your fingertips are several. For example, if you tie a branch with two ropes at both ends attached from the ceiling of its cage, you can make a swing so your chinchilla can get on and jump on top.
Similarly, you can offer a mobile teether tying one or more sticks at only one extreme. In this way, your chinchilla will be distracted by reaching, biting and maybe even climbing up it (depending on the thickness and stability of the wood).
Your chinchilla's diet should be made up mostly of hay. This is why you can try to provide it to you interactively through the toy that you will see below, and for which you will only need a paper tube and two strings.
- First of all, you will need to make two small holes on each side of the roll, into which a rope can pass.
- Next, insert each rope into one of the holes and tie a knot so that they cannot come loose.
- Fill the hay roll and hang the toy, so your chinchilla can access the hay.
This toy can be simplified, since you do not necessarily have to hang the tube with the strings. As this toy is not very durable, as the chinchilla will also gnaw on the cardboard, you can try to offer tubes filled in different ways, which will have more or less difficulty. For example, bending and closing the ends of the roll to make it a more difficult challenge or piercing the tube with the help of scissors so that it has several exits.
Vegetables hung with clamps
Vegetables and fruits should make up a small percentage of your chinchilla's diet (specifically, 5%). This small portion should be taken in moderation and, for this reason, you can try to give your pet vegetables in an entertaining way and getting him to eat them slowly (without gorging himself suddenly), simply with the help of a rope and some tweezers. . For this toy, you will need follow a few simple steps:
- Wash and cut the vegetables.
- Hang the vegetables using tweezers along a string.
- Tie both ends of the rope where your chinchilla has access so that he can see them and reach for them to eat..
For more information, see Chinchilla feeding.