Picking the right toy for your chinchilla can improve their mood and their health. Chinchilla teeth never stop growing, making maintenance tooth trims a common feature of this unique pet's care routine. But providing the right toys for your pet chinchilla 429 can help keep their teeth active while also improving their mood and managing their stress levels.
We found that chinchillas often prefer relatively simple toys but need multiple options to satisfy different needs. After researching dozens of chinchilla toys, we found products that will keep your chin active and provide them opportunities for gnawing down their molars or incisors. Other recommendations provide them with fun hiding spots or new places to explore.
Here are the best chinchilla toys.
Quality Cage Crafters Chin Spin 15" Chinchilla Wheel
Replaceable ball bearings
Large running surface
Sturdy and easy mounting
Heavy, making it difficult to stop for smaller chinchillas
While there are a wide variety of exercise wheels available for rodent pets, chinchillas have specialized needs that make many wheels unsuitable. Most important is to provide a large enough running surface since a wheel that's too small will contort your chinchilla's back, potentially leading to injury. Our favorite exercise wheel is the Chin Spin Chinchilla Wheel manufactured by Quality Cage Crafters.
The Chin Spin is all metal and wood construction, ensuring that there's no soft plastic for your chin to gnaw on or metal wires or spokes that might hurt their feet. It's got a broad, 6.25-inch running surface that will ensure that your chinchilla has plenty of space to exercise.
Mounting the Chin Spin in your chinchilla cage is also straightforward, with four metal brackets securing the wheel to the frame of your chinchilla cage, ensuring stability. Once it's installed (the manufacturer recommends hanging the wheel to be 2 inches above the cage floor), the Chin Spin is remarkably quiet, spinning on two wheel bearings. Of course, those ball bearings will eventually wear down or get slowed by dust and grit, which is why Quality Cage Crafters offers replacement bearings and straightforward installation instructions.
More than any other exercise wheel, we've found the Chin Spin provides the best combination of high-quality manufacturing, replaceable parts, and the best possible dimensions to support adult chinchillas. Plus, it's available in six different colors.
Best Hiding Toy
Emours Small Animal Warmly House Cage Hanging Bed
Soft and warm
Can be hung
Fabric will likely need periodic washing
Chinchillas love to hide, so it’s important for them to have little spaces they can retreat to for rest or play. This hanging bed from Emours is made from flannelette, making it a soft and warm spot that chins find irresistible. Your chinchilla is likely to use it for sleeping, as a private place to chew, and as an observation post of sorts since the Small Animal Warmly House Cage Hanging Bed has clips at each corner, so you can hang it from a high vantage. This combination of exploration and secure privacy encourages your chinchilla to climb and exercise while also providing a safe spot to nap or play.
The Emours hanging bed can be washed on a gentle washing machine cycle or hand washed with dish soap, wrung out, and air dried. But since it comes with a removable interior bed mat, you often will only need to clean a single component, allowing you to leave the bed hanging in place.
Best Chew Toy
Farmer Dave Pet Supply Natural Apple Chew Sticks
Perfectly sized at five inches each
Pre-dried to prevent mildew and increase storage life
Can be used as a treat or a toy
Chinchillas love to chew, and apple sticks provide the perfect chewing medium. Apple wood is a hardwood, which makes it ideal for wearing down chinchilla teeth. While there's a wide variety of apple sticks available from online retailers, we've found the Apple Chew Sticks from Farmer Dave Pet Supply to be the best. They've been a reliable source of chew sticks for chinchilla owners for more than 15 years.
These chew sticks are hand-cut branches from organically-grown apple trees. That means they're free of pesticides and any potential contamination from chainsaw oil. Each is 5 inches long, which is a manageable size for chinchilla cages.
One advantage of buying apple chew sticks from Farmer Dave Pet Supply is the flexibility they can provide, with many different order sizes available. Since chinchillas need all the chewing they can get, there's no reason to limit their intake, as you would with snacks. This can make bulk buying a wise decision. While we've recommended a pack of 45 apple chew sticks, Farmer Dave Pet Supply has options for ordering up to 500 sticks at a time on either their own retail site or on Amazon. Other options include orders of 250 and 150 chew sticks.
Farmer Dave Pet Supply Apple Chew Sticks come in two different sizes, with packages approximately a quarter-inch in diameter and a larger size closer to a half-inch thick. Many chinchilla owners find that their chins only gnaw the bark off apple sticks, which might be a good reason to try a smaller, more manageable size.
Pawaboo Small Animal Playpen
Easy to set up and take down
Has a zipper top
Minimal, without snack pockets or other extras
A change of scenery from time to time can be really healthy for your chinchilla. The Pawaboo Small Animal Playpen can be easily set up inside or outside to provide your chin a new environment. There are more fully-featured playpens than the Pawaboo, but it offers the best blend of portability, simple setup, and spaciousness for chinchilla owners.
The Pawaboo folds down into a zippered disc (that even comes with a carry handle), then easily expands out into a six-sided space that's 52.4 inches across. Its hexagonal mesh is tough enough for most situations, while its floor is a waterproof polyester that will prevent chinchilla urine from soaking through to your floor. Plus, unlike many playpens for small animals, the Pawaboo has a flap that can be zippered over the top, preventing your chins from jumping out. It even comes with stakes you can use to secure it to the ground when outside.
The Pawaboo Small Animals Playpen is available in seven different colors.
Best Dental Care Toy
Kathson Chew Toys for Teeth Grinding
Hangs from top of cage
Helps teeth and digestion
Kathson Chinchilla Chew Toys combine shortened apple sticks with alfalfa cakes, creating a multi-layered treat that dangles and entices from a top bar of your chinchilla's enclosure. Alfalfa provides your chinchilla with fiber that promotes healthy digestion. The cakes are dried and baked twice to give them a nice hard consistency while maintaining the alfalfa flavor beloved by chinchillas.
Since the Kathson Chinchilla Chew Toys are strung on a metal wire, it's important to monitor your chinchilla when in use to prevent damage to their teeth if they get overeager.
Best Platform Toy
Kaytee Lava Ledge Small Animal Toy
Provides platform and tooth grinding
Too small for much more than perching on
The Kaytee Lava Ledge is made from pumice, an abrasive volcanic stone that chinchillas love to gnaw. Its coarse surface is also perfect for abrading chinchilla nails. But the Lava Ledge is for more than just wearing down your chinchilla's teeth and nails—it's also perfect for jumping.
Using a wing nut that's easy to tighten, the Kaytee Lava Ledge can be screwed on to any part of a wire cage, allowing you to hang it out of reach and encourage your chinchilla to leap up to a new corner of their enclosure.
Our favorite overall chinchilla toy is the Chin Spin 15" Chinchilla Wheel from Quality Cage Crafters, which is an exercise wheel tailor made for chinchillas that operates quietly. You can even get replacement parts. Since chinchillas also like places to hide and play, we also recommend the Emours Warmly Small Animal House Cage Hanging Bed. This hiding toy is soft, can be hung in their cage, and easily washed.
What To Look for in a Chinchilla Toy
You should avoid anything with slats, which are common to many rodent-specific products but unsafe for chinchillas who risk breaking limbs. Most exercise wheels you'll find in pet stores are not appropriate for chinchillas.
A Chinchilla’s teeth continue to grow throughout their life, so they benefit greatly from toys they can chew on to wear their teeth down. While chewing apple sticks and other chew toys are excellent for wearing down chinchilla teeth, toys are often insufficient for keeping your chinchilla's teeth in check. You can check out our guide to chinchilla teeth, but make sure also to consult with your veterinarian.
Chinchillas are rodents, so they love to have places to hide. It can greatly aid a Chinchilla’s mood for there to be at least one smaller area within their cage where they can hang out. This may serve as a spot for sleeping, but it's just as often a place where they take chew toys or quietly observe their surroundings.
How do you clean the hair from chinchilla toys?
Many chinchilla toys will be easy to clean, and the all-metal wheels can be wiped down if they accumulate hair. The harder item to clean might be the soft hiding place toys. However, these can be machine washed to clean off any excess hair.
Can you make homemade chinchilla chew toys?
Yes! It isn’t difficult to make your own toys for Chinchillas. You should avoid plastic and only use natural ingredients or untreated wood to ensure safety for your chin.
What type of toys do chinchillas like?
The three main types of toys Chinchillas like are toys that encourage exercise (like wheels), toys that they can chew on (such as apple sticks), and toys that provide them a place to hide.
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This article was written by Ellie Welles, who has raised dogs, cats, rabbits, and even a green-cheeked conure. She’s passionate about finding the best products for your littlest family members. For this article, she consulted veterinary recommendations, product reviews, and chinchilla owner feedback to find products that are specifically designed for chinchillas rather than other common pet rodents.