Custom Chinchilla Cages

This week has been busy! I’ve been all around the city, catching up with old friends, meeting with clients, and planning for the holidays with the fam. Needless to say, it’s been full of fun and festivity. One major thing I’ve set out to accomplish prior to the new year is to re-customize our custom chinchilla cage.

Chinchillas love change! To encourage mind and body stimulation, I love to move around parts of their cage from time to time – and that’s the best part of having a custom built cage. Everything can be modified simply with new pieces of kiln-dried pine (or other chinchilla safe woods) and just a couple of screws! Since each chin is different, getting to know your chinchilla is critical when it comes to modifying their cages and allowing them the safest & funnest habitat possible.

Cage 2013 2014

Last year, my boyfriend and I custom-built a cage based on the size and preferences of our chinchillas. For most of 2013 into 2014, we had only four chins, so the single custom armoire cage made perfect sense. When Koko came along in the latter half of 2014, we modified and combined two smaller wire-based cages to create a spacious multilevel loft for Mufftoneous (it was best at that point to separate the boys from the same cage complex). Prior to that point, we had a few wire cages in storage and the other as a playtime wheel for the kids, containing a water bottle and wheel for free use. Now, we keep the wheel with Muff because he has been deemed the unstoppable athlete – everyone else gets their energy out at playtime, but Muff just keeps going like the Energizer Chinchilla.

Below, you can see the most recent updates to our cages:

Over the course of the year, there were many small changes and modifications to all cages. But the desire to switch it up even further has officially arrived. So, onward! The process we use to make changes to the cage involves taking the chins out one by one for playtime and modifying cages one at a time. Typically, I start with the oldest chin’s space and work my way to the youngest, although there are always slight aberrations to that selection method. Since I constantly observe my chins in their environment, I have noticed their changes and preferences as they get older, bigger, and more curious. Their cages have always been able to be a reflection of their personality, and I’m happy to be able to be hands-on with it.

Since Mitty [located in the bottom left tripartition] loves organization, he received a few large shelves, VIP bedding area, and a custom house (not pictured). He was also given Muff’s hammock, since Muff used it more as a platform than a relaxation tool. Muff [located in multilevel wire cage] had that hammock replaced with sturdy pine shelving in large and small sizes to keep him entertained. Since I know Muff loves wall climbing and tight spaces, he received a long pine wall to scale and squeeze himself up and down (don’t worry, it’s not too tight). Lulu and Fifi [located in the bottom right tripartition] received a spacious 3-way aluminum tube so they could snuggle together and new platforms to stretch their legs on. Finally, Koko [located in the top tripartition] received Mitty’s old hut and the girls’ smaller tube. She also got a few small ledges to prance around on – she’s not a jumper, so height has never been her preference.

We had a great time modifying our kids’ cages this time around, and it’s always an exhausting pleasure being put to work by the chinchillas! I know they’ll be happy for a few weeks to come. Remember, a chinchilla owner’s job is never truly done – it’s onward, and upward, always!

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  1. Hi!

    New chin parent here! What a gorgeous environment! I would love to make a custom cage for my Gizmo. Just a quick question, I understand that there are woods that are safe and unsafe for Chinchillas, however, is your frame wood? Have they tried to chew the frame?
    Thanks, Lauren


    1. Hi Lauren! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! I’m sure Gizmo would LOVE a custom cage perfectly suited for his personality. You can read up on safe chinchilla woods here. I suggest kiln-dried pine, as it’s affordable, plentiful, and chin-safe! As for our cages, no – they were chip board, which is why the cage only lasted for a short period of time before we switched to Ferret Nation cages, as chip board is ultimately unsafe for consumption. If I build them another cage (which I would love to do in the future) it will definitely be with KD pine!


      1. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

        I’m looking in to making a cage with kild dried pine, I’m going to make it a project lol.
        Will keep you updated … Although I must say Gizmo seems quite content as he is, he is currently snuggled up in his hammock :)). I love your little one Muff! Such a sweetie.

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  2. Amazing cages…searched the internet high and wide for something aesthetically pleasing and properly spacious and functional. I wish you sold your custom cages! So inspiring. You are an amazing chin parent. πŸ™‚


  3. Hello,

    Could you tell me what you used for the wire mesh/screen on your cages and perhaps where you got it? I am making a cage for my chinchilla and am having difficulty finding chin safe mesh to use.
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Alexis, thanks for stopping by and asking this question! The mesh that I used for the custom cage build was very similar to the 19-Gauge Galvanized Steel Hardware Cloth that can be found at Home Depot or other home improvement stores. The 1/2″ spacing is great for keeping chins of any size in or out, and galvanized steel is always a solid material selection for them. I hope this helps! πŸ™‚


  4. Hi!
    I love your cages. Quick question, is it ok if the frame is made from metal and the front glass? (Assuming that there are sufficient amounts of mesh and thick glass etc)

    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Liene! Thanks for stopping by. To answer your question, yes – given that the glass does not have raw edges, and you prioritize the use of mesh to allow for the ample passage of air throughout the space, glass would be a beautiful addition!


  5. Hi! (Reposting my question because I forgot my email)

    I love your cages. Quick question, is it ok if the frame is made from metal and the front glass? (Assuming that there are sufficient amounts of mesh and thick glass etc)

    Thanks so much!


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