Purchasing a safe and appropriate habitat for your pet chinchilla is one of the biggest decisions you will make for their well being. In this article, we will discuss basic cage safety, general habitat requirements, and show you some of the best options on the market for your pet chinchilla.

General Cage Size Requirements

You will need a cage that provides at least six feet of cubic space per chinchilla in the same habitat, but keep in mind if you are sticking with the bare minimum in cage size your chinchillas will need at least a few hours per day to run outside of the cage so they can really stretch their legs. Chinchillas are very acrobatic rodents who need a large amount of space to use their full muscle range thanks to strong hind legs that make their natural motion a kind of jumping bounce, so you'll want to look for a cage that is wide enough to provide them with some bouncing room as well as one with additional levels for them to jump to.

There are many benefits of having an appropriately sized chinchilla cage. An appropriately sized cage will not get dirty as quickly, which will create less of an ammonia build up and keep your chinchillas healthier. Chinchillas who live in social groups are more likely to get along with their cagemates if they have ample room to interact, and also get space to themselves if they do not want to play with other chinchillas and need some private time. Chinchillas in small habitats where they cannot play on their own time are prone to fur chewing, which can lead to dangerous impaction problems and is an extremely difficult habit to eliminate once it starts. Your chinchillas will be less prone to obesity if they have ample room to exercise on their own terms, not just when it's time to play outside of the cage, and will be less likely to be destructive both inside and outside of the cage if they don't feel frustrated.

Basic Safety Requirements

There is a huge variety of chinchilla cages on the market, but not all cages are created equally. Chinchilla cages offer different amounts of useful space and many popular cages that look great on the shelf aren't very durable when confronted with the activities of your average chinchilla. Here we have collected some basic requirements and safety guidelines to help you make an informed decision on your chinchila's cage.

Your chinchilla's cage should have ample airflow

One of the biggest risks for pet chinchillas is heat stroke, so providing an environment with lots of air flow is important. Plastic enclosures like large bins or other cages with solid walls that can work for some species just don't permit enough air flow for chinchillas. If you are building your own custom cage, you should plan to have at least three of the four vertical walls of the enclosure open (covered with wire, but not covered with a solid surface) to permit plenty of air through the enclosure. This is also important in humid areas, as a chinchilla's dense coat is prone to retaining moisture which can lead to fungal problems.

When at all possible, try to eliminate plastic inside your chinchilla's cage

Coupled with a chinchilla's natural desire to chew and their long life span, cages that have a lot of plastic components won't withstand the test of time. If you have a cage with a plastic base, ramps or shelves, expect for them to be eventually destroyed. If you notice that your chinchilla is chewing on a plastic cage, you'll need to watch out for the possibility that they are ingesting small amounts of plastic that may pass naturally in small quantities, but can lead to dangerous medical issues if consumed in large quantities. All metal cages are much heavier and are a more expensive initial investment, but when you are confronted with the idea of having to replace a plastic cage every 1-3 years versus never having to replace a well made solid metal cage, the choice is simple.

The base of the cage should be a solid surface, no wire grates for poop to fall through

While it might seem like a good idea to have wire floors so that pet waste falls through and your pet doesn't live next to their poop, it is much safer and easier on your chinchila's feet if they can walk on solid surfaces. While chinchillas themselves are very light for their size, they have small feet that become pressure points on wire with the strong jumping motions chinchillas use to get around. Chinchillas are also more likely to get a foot caught in a wire ramp or shelf when jumping than other animals. If you have a cage that has wire ramps, you can generally remove them as chinchillas will jump easily from level to level without needing a ramp to get up. If you have a cage that has wire levels, you can cover them with tile pieces to provide a durable chew-proof safe surface, but you'll need to take precautions to make sure the tile is secured with a non-toxic or non-accessible adhesive or clipped in place in another way so they can't be kicked off or slide off and injure a chinchilla.

The cage should be made of safe materials that can be cleaned easily

If you invest in a good quality cage, your cage will last for the entire lifetime of your pet chinchillas. Ideally, look for a cage that is made almost entirely of metal and is preferably powder coated for the most durable finish. That way your finish will resist rust and will not be susceptible to chewing. You can also opt to use a cage with wooden levels and ramps, which are less dangerous than plastic for chinchilas to chew on and can be replaced inexpensively in most cases when they start to wear down or become too soiled.

You should have easy access to all parts of your chinchilla's cage

When you are choosing a chinchilla cage, pay close attention to all of the access points such as doors and lids that open to see how they are organized. The cage should be large enough for you to reach in with both hands and forearms, pick up your chinchilla and take them out. You should not have to bend your wrist to make it around a corner or reach in an awkward way to any part of the cage. Make sure that the door closure method is secure, a good way to test this is by closing the cage door and giving several firm tugs on the bars in the center of the door. If the door pops open, your chinchilla may be able to push the door open with enough effort. Ideally, the cage should be fairly easy to disassemble so that you can easily clean sections, or solid enough to be rolled out of the house to be hosed down in one piece.

Overall Cage Weight and Stability

Chinchillas might not be heavy themselves, but they put a lot of energy into their motions and you'll want a cage that has a wide enough base to support rocking and action at the top of the cage without tipping over. It's best to look for all portions of the cage to be heavy, durable and well connected. If you have an opportunity to see your chinchilla cage in person before purchasing it, try taking a firm open palmed hand and giving some solid thumps to the sides of the cage and the floors. A light cage that isn't well assembled will rattle and bang. Heavier cages will absorb more of the energy and will remain quieter. You'll thank yourself for taking the consideration when you have an active pair of chinchillas who start jumping around late at night.

Buying a "Starter Cage" versus a "Cage to Grow Into"

Chinchilla cages are expensive, and even starter cages run upwards of $100 to begin with. If you are buying a starter cage, plan to upgrade to a more durable cage model once your starter cage wears out. While it might seem easier to stomach the price tag of around $100 for your initial cage set-up, replacing the cages over the years will add up significantly over investing from the beginning in a durable cage that is going to last the lifetime of your chinchillas.

Look for a cage with space for accessories

Chinchilla accessories need to be large enough for them to play in, and you'll want a cage that allows enough room for you to add in these accessories without overwhelming your floor or shelf space. Keep in mind that you will minimally need a very large wheel (such as a 12" Silent Spinner Wheel, Plastic Flying Saucer Wheel or Steel Flying Saucer Wheel) and space to put in a Chinchilla Dust Bath periodically, but you'll also want room to hang hammocks, add additional ledges or boxes, or place other tubes and hiding spots.

If you choose a cage that has an open floor plan with shelves or levels that are easy to move, you can also help keep your chinchilla happy by periodically rearranging their cage and keeping things interesting and changing for them.

Features to Look for in Special Situations

Depending on your situation, you may want to look for a cage with specific features that will make it easier to house and care for your chinchillas in the long run.

Heavy wheeled cages can be difficult if you live upstairs

Some of the larger chinchilla cages weigh quite a bit and are almost impossible to move safely while they are assembled between different stories in the house. If you are living in an apartment or plan to keep your chinchillas in an upstairs part of your house, a cage that is removable from the stand so it can be carried in separate portions will be easier to move versus a cage with a more fixed structure. This all depends on how often you anticipate having to move your cage. If you want a cage that you will be able to take outside or on the patio to hose off to clean, consider how difficult it will be to move the type of cage you are selecting up or downstairs.

Keep social chinchillas from getting cranky with each other by eliminating bottlenecks

Even a happy social pair or group of chinchillas can get grouchy with each other from time to time, but in the wrong type of cage a minor argument can turn into a serious fight. If there is an area where one chinchilla can corner another, this can turn into a "pressure point" that can cause arguments to escalate, so plan to have either a cage that is difficult for one chinchilla to corner another in. That means any areas under shelves or ramps in the cage should have a wide enough exit area that more than one chinchilla can walk through at a time side by side to keep one chinchilla from trapping the other in an argument.

Choose your cage pan based on the type of bedding or cleaning routine you want to use

The pan depth of different models of chinchilla cages can differ a lot, and the type of bedding or cleaning routine you plan to use may make one type of pan more useful for you. If you plan to wipe down cage surfaces daily and sweep up poop, you won't need to worry about having a deep pan or can use a cage that simply has flat surfaces all around as long as you don't mind sweeping up stray dry chinchilla poop from around the cage regularly. If you are planning to use fabric, you'll want to find a cage with flat surfaces where you can clip the fabric in place over, or a cage with shallow pans that you can wrap the fabric around to keep it in place. Still expect to sweep up stray poops from around the cage with a shallow pan. If you plan to use a loose substrate bedding, you'll want a much deeper pan and ideally a pan that is at least two inches deep to hold in the bedding.

If you find that you are having too much of a mess end up outside of your cage and your pans aren't holding things in as well as you want, you can purchase generic urine guards that can clip to the inside of the cage and help keep things cleaner, or make your own by zip tying strips of coroplast to the outside of your cage.

If you have senior chinchillas you may need a broader, flatter cage versus a vertical one with more levels

Just like people, senior chinchillas may have a harder time getting around the way they used to when they were younger. If you find your older chinchillas don't seem to be running and jumping in a more vertical cage like they used to, you may want to move them into a cage that offers more broad, flat space instead of vertical space where they will have to turn and jump more frequently when moving. A cage with more horizontal space will encourage your chinchillas to stay active if jumping becomes more difficult.

Our Favorite Chinchila Cages

Now that you've read all about how to choose a good chinchilla cage, where do you go next? We've put together a list of some of our favorite chinchilla cages, along with the pros and cons of each cage.

The Best Starter Chinchilla Cages

Super Pet My First Home Multi-Floor, Large

Super Pet My First Home Multi-Floor, Large

The Super Pet My First Home Multi-Floor, Large cage is a common starter cage for new chinchilla owners but really only provides enough space for a single chinchilla, and isn't large enough to be recommended for pairs or groups of chinchillas. It is a simple cage to set up and start out with, offering three shelves that snap into place, three ramps which you can leave off (as they detract from the open space in the cage), and a deep food bowl. The deep base pan is good for holding in loose bedding, but expect anything on the upper shelves to be easily kicked out of the cage. The base is secured to the wire top with two large plastic clips on either side, and these clips are often the first things to be chewed off by busy chinchillas so expect to lift this cage from the base. There are two doors located on the front of the cage that provide easy access to any part of the cage. This cage has a lot of plastic to it, so you should expect to use this cage only as a temporary starting point for your chinchilla while you are waiting to upgrade to a larger and more durable habitat. It can be disassembled and packed down as a good emergency cage or travel cage for someone who wants to take their chinchilla with them. You can fit a wheel into this cage, but plan to use a vertical 12" Silent Spinner Wheel so it doesn't eat up all of the floor space like a flying saucer type wheel will. If you play around with the placement of accessories and the shelves you can generally fit a few small accessories in the cage, but plan to only be able to have 1-2 small to medium sized toys inside at any given time along with your wheel.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 30"
Cage Depth: 18"
Cage Height: 29"
Materials: Plastic base, shelves and ramp. Coated metal wire bars.
Included Accessories: 3 shelves, 3 ramps, food dish
Cubic Feet: 9
Suitable Housing For: 1 Chinchilla
Average Price: $80 - $110
Pros: Easy set up, deep base pan, shelves can be put in multiple configurations to use space differently
Cons: Plastic highly susceptible to chewing, not enough space for social pairs of chinchillas, not a lot of extra space for toys/accessories

Buy Super Pet My First Home Multi-Floor, Large on Amazon

Note: The Kaytee My First Home 3 Level Chinchilla Cage is almost identical to this cage and a similar price point, but comes with a different ramp design and metal clips to hold the cage top to the base instead of plastic. It is often worth comparing prices on the two cage models as they typically fluctuate slightly in price and you might find a better deal on one or the other.

Super Pet My First Home Deluxe Multi-Level Pet Home with Casters

Super Pet My First Home Deluxe Multi-Level Pet Home with Casters

The Super Pet My First Home Deluxe Multi-Level Pet Home with Casters is a cage with a lot of vertical jumping space for active chinchillas and is a good starter chinchilla cage especially for people in small apartments or spaces where floor space can be an issue. The cage is light weight and will fit into most showers to be cleaned if you can't take it outside to rinse it down. While the cage provides three access points, including two front doors on different levels and one top door, it can be hard to catch your chinchilla sometimes as they can move from level to level pretty quickly and out of your reach since the cage is so tall. The cage comes with three shelves, a slide ramp, a straight ramp and a small tube, but you can leave off the ramp, slide and tube to provide your chinchilla with better uninterrupted jumping room. The pan is generously deep and does a good job of holding in loose bedding, but expect to have things fly off the upper levels and out onto your floor. This cage includes a short metal base with casters that the cage can easily be placed on or lifted out of, and is relatively sturdy when fully assembled as the shelves will provide reinforcement for the otherwise wobbly wire top. You'll have enough room to fit in a wheel and some toys in this cage, but expect to have to accessorise the cage carefully so you don't eat up too much of your chinchilla's useful space. One nice plus of this cage is that you can swap out the plastic pans easily and place pieces of wood through the bar slots, they are just about sized perfectly for inexpensive pieces of wood to be used as replacement shelves or to add additional levels without needing any special attachments (other than the boards being long enough to stick out on all sides to add stability). This is another cage that has a lot of plastic in it though, so we really recommend it as a stepping stone until you purchase a more durable cage further down the line.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 24"
Cage Depth: 24"
Cage Height: 41-1/2"
Materials: Plastic pan, shelves and ramps. Coated metal wire bars and metal base on plastic casters.
Included Accessories: Three plastic shelves, plastic tube, plastic slide ramp, plastic straight ramp, hammock.
Cubic Feet: 12
Suitable Housing For: 1-2 Chinchillas
Average Price: $90 - $130
Pros: Deep base pan, can replace plastic shelves with wood, included base makes it easily mobile, fits in showers for cleaning
Cons: Lots of plastic, ramps aren't very useful for chinchillas, access can be more difficult when chinchillas don't want to be caught

Buy Super Pet My First Home Deluxe Multi-Level Pet Home with Casters on Amazon

Note: The Kaytee Deluxe 24 x 24 Multi-Level Home with Casters is almost identical to this cage but tends to be a little bit more expensive. The Kaytee model cage includes an additional shelf, metal clips to hold the top to the base, plastic door locks, but has casters built into the bottom instead of on a metal stand. Both cages are very comparable though and it's worth comparing prices between the two to see which one is selling for less when you go to buy.

Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large

Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large

The Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large is one of the few mostly flat habitats that we recommend for chinchillas, it can be both a good option as a starter cage or a good habitat for senior chinchillas who are having problems jumping up and down. The cage includes a small balcony that adds one additional level, and an access ramp that turns the area beneath the balcony into a convenient hiding spot/nesting area for your chinchillas. A tip proof food bowl secures to the balcony and helps keep your chinchilla's food dish from getting knocked around the cage. There is enough floor space to accomadate a wheel, although if you are attaching a cage to the wire portion of the cage it will be situated higher thanks to the deep pan. This can be a plus, especially when using a flying saucer wheel, as you'll keep more of your floor space open and most chinchillas won't have a serious problem making a quick jump up to their wheel (or another house or platform can be placed underneath to make the climb easier). This is a good cage to use if you plan to use bedding, as it's very deep pan will keep most of the mess safely contained in your chinchilla's cage instead of on your floor. Almost the entire lid can be lifted open in two separate sections which provides an easy access point, but the front door of the cage isn't terribly useful and needs to be clipped or secured shut or your chinchillas will be able to slide it open. The wire top of the cage is secured to the base with plastic clips that are susceptible to chinchillas who like to chew. This cage also includes a hay rack that sits outside of the cage so it doesn't take up more space inside, as well as a water bottle.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 46-8/9"
Cage Depth: 22-4/5"
Cage Height: 24"
Materials: Plastic base, ramp, platform, cage clips and portions of cage lid. Coated metal wire bars.
Included Accessories: Plastic hay rack, water bottle, plastic shelf/balcony, plastic ramp, tip-proof food bowl.
Cubic Feet: 14
Suitable Housing For: 1-2 Chinchillas
Average Price: $90 - $120
Pros: Very deep base holds in bedding, flat open floor plan good for senior chinchillas, large enough for pairs, good roof access
Cons: Lots of plastic parts, front door isn't secure and needs to be clipped shut, not a lot of vertical jumping room for younger/active chinchillas

Buy Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large on Amazon

The Best Mid-Range Chinchilla Cages

Single Level Critter Nation Cage

Single Level Critter Nation Cage

The Critter Nation is one of the best chinchilla cages on the market, it's durable construction and mobility on casters makes it ideal for anyone looking for a top of the line home for their pet chinchillas. This cage features small bar spacing that generally isn't necessary for chinchillas, but it helps to hold in bedding for owners using loose bedding as opposed to cleaning shelves regularly or covering them with fabric. If you plan to use loose bedding, we highly recommend picking up custom deeper metal pans that are made to fit Critter Nation pans from Bass Equipment. If you prefer to cover your shelves and ramps in fabric, you'll find a variety of shops online that sell custom fitted fabric sets such as the Ferret Nation and Critter Nation accessories from The Rat Stash to make keeping your cage looking good easy. The cage comes with an adjustable shelf that can be arranged at three different height positions as well as a wire ramp that comes with a custom made fabric cover to help protect your chinchilla's feet. The cage's spacious interior and open floor plan makes it easy to accessorise, and you can also purchase an additional cage unit to turn your single level Critter Nation into a double level unit. These cages are some of the heaviest cages on the market, which means other rambunctious household pets won't be able to tip these or knock them over, and the wheeled base with locking casters allows for easy mobility. The front doors open completely, allowing you access to all parts of the cage and making it easy to clean, and have secure locks that will keep your chinchillas safely contained.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 36"
Cage Depth: 14"
Cage Height: 39"
Materials: Heavy Duty Plastic Pan, Powder Coated Wire Ramp with Fleece Cover, Powder Coated Wire in Hammertone finish frame
Included Accessories: One Adjustable Shelf, One Ramp, Fabric Ramp Cover
Cubic Feet: 12 (approximate interior space, not counting full height with stand)
Suitable Housing For: 1-2 Chinchillas
Average Price: $150 - $200
Pros: Heavy duty construction, locking caster wheels, fully opening front doors, adjustable shelving, space for toys and accessories
Cons: Shallow pans won't hold loose bedding, lots of empty space should have additional levels added or toys to make the most of the space

Buy Single Level Critter Nation Cage on Amazon

Note: If you prefer a cage with wider bar spacing, the Single Level Ferret Nation Cage is virtually identical to the Critter Nation cage but has 1" bar spacing as opposed to the smaller spacing on a Critter Nation.

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Home with Stand

Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Home with Stand

The Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Home with Stand is a good mid-range chinchilla cage that needs some minor modifications to be safe for use with chinchillas. It provides a good blank slate for adding accessories or making minor customizations that develop this cage into a much better chinchilla habitat. The base of the cage comes with a wire floor that can be removed to leave your chinchillas just in contact with the safe plastic pan, or you can cover the wire with a piece of coroplast that is cut to fit. Please Note: Prevue Hendryx cautions owners that they should expect that the plastic pan will eventually be destroyed by chewing when removing the metal wire guard, and they do not offer free replacements for this part. Replacement pans are available for purchase and owners needing a replacement pan can contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (312) 243-3624 for more information. The full length middle floor needs to be similarly covered with a custom floor surface to keep your chinchilla from having to walk on wire, which can be dangerous. There are two doors, one on each level, that open up half of the front of the cage to allow easy access to your chinchillas and are well secured with a sliding latch bar, although it is kind of a disappointment that each level doesn't have two opening doors so you can open up the whole front of the cage. The cage is sturdy, heavy and otherwise fairly well made, although you should permit yourself at least a half an hour to build the cage when you first receive it and depending on how each cage is manufacturered, you may have to fiddle around with it a bit to get things to line up just right. Once you've finished building the cage though, expect it to stand the test of time, you shouldn't have to replace more than the occassional custom floor coverings that you put in and other accessories. This cage comes on a stand with sturdy casters, and includes a bottom shelf beneath the cage that is handy for storing your chinchilla's accessories. This cage isn't good on it's own for owners who plan to use loose bedding, but is better for people who want to wipe down the surfaces of their chinchilla's cage or use fabric instead of loose bedding. There is enough room to add plenty of toys, additional levels or perches, and a generously sized wheel without losing too much floor space in this cage.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 31"
Cage Depth: 20"
Cage Height: 54" (On Stand)
Materials: Hammertone finish metal, plastic ramps and shelves
Included Accessories: Two shelves, two ramps and a hammock
Cubic Feet: 15
Suitable Housing For: 1-2 Chinchillas
Average Price: $140 - $180
Pros: Sturdy construction, elevated on stand with casters, plenty of space for toys, large opening front door
Cons: Doesn't have double doors on each level, customization is needed to cover wire floor and middle level to be safe

Buy Prevue Hendryx 485 Pet Products Feisty Ferret Home with Stand on Amazon

2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages

2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages

The 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages is a well made, well thought out spacious cage for chinchillas. The cage comes with a very open floor plan and a lot of options for customization, Quality Cages offers a variety of chinchilla cage accessories including wheels, shelves, nest boxes and cage guards to help you put together an ideal habitat. The cages are assembled with 1" x 1" square wire, which will help keep a lot of the mess your chinchilla makes safely contained in the cage. The cage is easy to access from all angles with a flip top lid and two large doors in the front, and cleaning is easy thanks to a slide out plastic tray. Instead of the plastic shelves in most cages, Quality Cages ships their cages with movable pine shelves that provide a safe chewing material that can be replaced if they become too soiled or worn. While the cage includes three shelves, you can purchase additional shelves to add more levels for your chinchillas. Quality Cages offers several different finish options for this cage, including Galvanized with a Powder Coated Tray, Powder Coated Black, Powder Coated White or Powder Coated Silver Vein. You can also buy the Chinchilla Townhome Starter Kit or the Chinchilla Townhome Deluxe Kit that include additional accessories such as exercise wheels, stands, cage guards and more.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 30"
Cage Depth: 24"
Cage Height: 36"
Materials: Galvanized or powder coated metal wire, powder coated pan
Included Accessories: Basic model includes three pine shelves, starter kits and deluxe kits include additional accessories
Cubic Feet: 15
Suitable Housing For: 1-2 Chinchillas
Average Price: $190 - $440 Depending on Options
Pros: Durable materials, easy to change floor plan, plenty of room for toys, accessories available made to fit the cage
Cons: Fairly plain until you add your own customization

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Galvanized with a Powder Coated Tray

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Powder Coated Black

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Powder Coated White

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Powder Coated Silver Vein

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Starter Kit

Buy 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages - Deluxe Kit

The Best Large Chinchilla Cages

Double Level Critter Nation

Double Level Critter Nation

The Double Level Critter Nation is the two level version of the Single Critter Nation we introduced above, and is the cage we recommend most often to new chinchilla owners (along with it's cousin with larger bar spacing, the Ferret Nation). It's durable construction and mobility on casters makes it ideal for anyone looking for a top of the line home for their pet chinchillas. This cage features small bar spacing that generally isn't necessary for chinchillas, but it helps to hold in bedding for owners using loose bedding as opposed to cleaning shelves regularly or covering them with fabric. If you plan to use loose bedding, we highly recommend picking up custom deeper metal pans that are made to fit Critter Nation pans from Bass Equipment. If you prefer to cover your shelves and ramps in fabric, you'll find a variety of shops online that sell custom fitted fabric sets such as the Ferret Nation and Critter Nation accessories from The Rat Stash to make keeping your cage looking good easy. The cage comes with two adjustable shelves that can be arranged at three different height positions as well as two wire ramps that come with custom made fabric covers to help protect your chinchilla's feet. The cage's spacious interior and open floor plan makes it easy to accessorise. These cages are some of the heaviest cages on the market, which means other rambunctious household pets won't be able to tip these or knock them over, and the wheeled base with locking casters allows for easy mobility. The front doors open completely, allowing you access to all parts of the cage and making it easy to clean, and have secure locks that will keep your chinchillas safely contained.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 36"
Cage Depth: 24"
Cage Height: 63"
Materials: Heavy Duty Plastic Pan, Powder Coated Wire Ramp with Fleece Cover, Powder Coated Wire in Hammertone finish frame
Included Accessories: Two Adjustable Shelves, Two Ramps with Fabric Ramp Covers
Cubic Feet: 24 (approximate interior space, not counting full height with stand)
Suitable Housing For: 1-4 Chinchillas
Average Price: $200 - $300
Pros: Heavy duty construction, locking caster wheels, fully opening front doors, adjustable shelving, space for toys and accessories
Cons: Shallow pans won't hold loose bedding, lots of empty space should have additional levels added or toys to make the most of the space

Buy Double Level Critter Nation Cage on Amazon

Note: If you prefer a cage with wider bar spacing, the Double Level Ferret Nation Cage is virtually identical to the Critter Nation cage but has 1" bar spacing as opposed to the smaller spacing on a Critter Nation.

Midwest Homes for Pets Cat Playpen

Midwest Homes for Pets Cat Playpen

The Midwest Homes for Pets Cat Playpen is a nice, spacious habitat that comes in at an attractive price point compared to many other cages of a comparable size that can be used with chinchillas, often selling right around $100. The cage comes packed flat and folds together, expect to spend maybe 10-15 minutes assembling or folding down the cage if you need to take it down for transport, and the wire portion folds neatly around and on top of the plastic pan. The cage becomes more stable once you insert the shelves, which provide a lot of the structural support of the cage, but is wobbly and can be loud with jumping chinchillas unless you make sure to evenly brace it with shelves on the inside. Access to the cage is easy with double doors on two levels that open up nearly the whole front of the cage, and the lower doors are situated low enough for your chinchilla to easily run in and out of the cage if you want to leave it open while they are playing in a chinchilla-proofed room so they can go back whenever they need a snack or a drink. While the cage comes with three shelves, it's a relatively blank slate for adding accessories and you'll have room to add all that you want. The cage is easy to move assembled as well, thanks to four plastic casters attached to the base of the cage. This cage is best for owners who don't plan to use a loose substrate bedding and is more ideal for owners who plan to wipe down surfaces or use fabric coverings, as the base pan won't hold much of anything in. This cage has a minimum of plastic components that your chinchilla can chew, with the pan inside the cage being the only real target most chinchillas won't put too much damage on this cage if they have other toys and accessories to occupy them.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 36"
Cage Depth: 23-1/2"
Cage Height: 50-1/2"
Materials: Elecro-coated wire with ABS plastic pan and shelves
Included Accessories: Three shelves, chenille bed
Cubic Feet: 24
Suitable Housing For: 1-4 Chinchillas
Average Price: $100 - $120
Pros: Spacious interior easy to attach accessories, wide opening doors, low price point for cage size
Cons: Cage can be wobbly without interior support from shelves

Buy Midwest Homes for Pets Cat Playpen on Amazon

Two Door Chinchilla Mansion

Two Door Chinchilla Mansion from Quality Cages

The 2 Door Chinchilla Townhome from Quality Cages is a well made, well thought out spacious cage for chinchillas. The cage comes with a very open floor plan and a lot of options for customization, Quality Cages offers a variety of chinchilla cage accessories including wheels, shelves, nest boxes and cage guards to help you put together an ideal habitat. The cages are assembled with 1" x 1" square wire, which will help keep a lot of the mess your chinchilla makes safely contained in the cage. The cage is easy to access from all angles with a flip top lid and two large doors in the front, and cleaning is easy thanks to a slide out plastic tray. Instead of the plastic shelves in most cages, Quality Cages ships their cages with movable pine shelves that provide a safe chewing material that can be replaced if they become too soiled or worn. While the cage includes four shelves, you can purchase additional shelves to add more levels for your chinchillas. Quality Cages offers several different finish options for this cage, including Galvanized with a Powder Coated Tray, Powder Coated Black, Powder Coated White or Powder Coated Silver Vein. You can also buy the Two Door Chinchilla Mansion Starter Kit or the Two Door Chinchilla Mansion Deluxe Kit that include additional accessories such as exercise wheels, stands, cage guards and more.

Quick Look:
Cage Width: 30"
Cage Depth: 24"
Cage Height: 48"
Materials: Galvanized or powder coated metal wire, powder coated pan
Included Accessories: Basic model includes four pine shelves, starter kits and deluxe kits include additional accessories
Cubic Feet: 20
Suitable Housing For: 1-3 Chinchillas
Average Price: $239 - $492 Depending on Options
Pros: Durable materials, easy to change floor plan, plenty of room for toys, accessories available made to fit the cage
Cons: Fairly plain until you add your own customization

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Galvanized Metal from Quality Cages

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Powder Coated Black from Quality Cages

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Powder Coated White from Quality Cages

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Powder Coated Silver Vein from Quality Cages

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Starter Package from Quality Cages

Buy Two Door Chinchilla Mansion - Deluxe Package from Quality Cages

Sponsored Links