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leafandsun said: Any tips on getting my chinchilla easily out of her cage without a pain? 😞
Some chinchillas, mine included, just HATE to be handled! Sure, they’ll come sit in your hands and hop up your arm… but on their own terms. This can make taking them out for play time a huge pain in the butt!
If your chinnie is feeling friendly, see if she will jump into your palm. You might be able to quickly lift her out of the cage while she’s sitting there. But if you think she will jump before you can put her down, that might not be the best plan.
What works for me is to take a container—like the dust bath house—and wait for my chin to go inside. Once he’s in, I can take the container out of the cage and place it on the floor without any fuss! And it’s much less stressful for him, because he does NOT like to be held!
gratziella said: where can you order the fleece linings? my petstores locally don't have them.
Pet stores don’t sell the liners, so you’ll have to find them online. People hand sew them and they generally fit Ferret Nation cages, but can be custom made to the size of your cage. The store I used to buy from is no longer in business, so unfortunately I can’t give any personal recommendations! But here is a website I found that sells fleece liners. Otherwise you can browse the chins-n-hedgies classifieds to see if anyone there is selling them!
chilliebabies said: I have read that it's not the Best Option to use the shavings for bedding. I have been using the expensive recycled paper but we change our chillies every 2 days so what kind would you recommend for the wood shavings I see in so many people's photos
Kiln-dried pine is a great option for bedding. Or, if your cage allows for it, you could use fleece liners. The liners make cleaning so much easier—you can easily clean the poops from them every day and wash them once a week. And you only have to buy one or two sets that you can re-use!