In this section we look at the best types of bedding for your Chinchilla cage. We also answer your most common frequently asked questions about Chinchilla bedding.
To make your Chinchilla cage as comfortable as possible you should put down some covering on the floor of the cage, this is known as Chinchilla bedding.
As long as you can put something comfortable on the floor of the cage then your Chinchilla will be grateful to you but for your sakes it is important to think first. Putting down a blanket is not a good idea but something that many new pet Chinchilla owners do.
Comfortable yes, but your Chinchilla will excrete and urinate on it and it will be awful to clean – and it will start to smell quickly.
Some owners use newspapers as bedding – not a bad idea because it is cheap and disposable but ultimately the best Chinchilla cage bedding is wood shavings. It is important to buy the right type of wood shavings because some wood shavings such as cedar wood can contain toxins.
The wood shavings contain chemicals because they are designed to reduce odors as a result of the Chinchilla naturally urinating.
Chinchilla Bed and Best Chinchilla Bedding
We recommend avoiding cedar and pine wood shavings. The chemical Phenol is present in these and it is a scientific fact that lab rats who have had this as bedding have suffered an increase in respiratory problems because the liver is affected and the level of enzymes are shown to increase.
Give your pet Chinchilla the best bedding by opting for wood shavings that have been through a process known as kiln drying.