Merck Manual

Please confirm that you are a health care professional

Routine Care of Your Chinchilla

Routine Care of Your Chinchilla

When

To Do

  • Daily

  • Daily

  • Daily

  • Daily

  • Daily

  • Every other day

  • Occasionally

  • Once a week

  • When needed

  • When needed

  • Give fresh water

  • Give fresh food; remove any uneaten or partially eaten food from previous day

  • Give fresh hay

  • Let out of cage for about 2 hours of supervised exercise and play

  • Give 10-minute dust bath

  • Clean food bowls or hoppers and water systems

  • Give a treat of fresh or dried fruit (less than 1 teaspoon/day)

  • Clean and disinfect cage

  • Change bedding

  • Replace chew toys