Exercise For Chinchillas

It is important to provide your chinchilla with opportunities to exercise in order to stay fit and healthy. Chinchillas are athletic animals native to the mountains of South America, so they are designed to run quickly and jump to and from different rock levels. While this type of mobile environment may be difficult to replicate at home, Exotic Nutrition offers the best products to promote exercise for your chinchilla.
It is essential to have a well-equipped cage in order to promote good health and a sense of security for your chinchilla – which leads to a longer lifespan. The minimal cage requirement for a chinchilla is 24 inches cubed, but taller cages like Exotic Nutrition’s 4-Level Mansion Cage is recommended. If your cage does not meet the minimal cage requirements, everyday playtime outside the cage is necessary for your chinchilla’s health and well-being.
All chinchilla cages should have an exercise wheel, some toys and accessories, and enough room for free space. Running on an exercise wheel provides animals with some of the same health benefits of running in the wild while also helping to fight respiratory infections. Having an exercise wheel that is chew-proof is mandatory for the safety of your chinchilla. Exotic Nutrition's Chin-Sprint Wheel is the first and only exercise wheel on the market of its kind. Durable all-metal construction, mountable to the side of the cage, and featuring an open-faced design with extra-wide 6" running track. A single unit of heavy-gauge steel is pressed into shape, no seams or joints to cause injury. Huge 15” diameter prevents curvature of the spin, while axle-free construction eliminates risk of tail entanglement. Another option is a horizontal, saucer-style wheel. Exotic Nutrition offers the most durable, all-metal, horizontal, flying saucer-styled wheel in the industry - the Treadmill Wheel.
Cage accessories like tunnels can stimulate interest for chinchillas while provoking vigorous activity. Exotic Nutrition’s Exploration Ball encourages cardiovascular exercise that helps keep a chinchilla bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. 
Toys that bounce, roll, drop, and move are important to keep in your chinchilla's cage at all times. An important tip is to also rotate these toys out with other toys every few days to keep your chinchilla stimulated and curious.
Filling the cage with platforms, shelves, and ledges will also encourage your chinchilla to jump and explore the cage similar to how they jump from different rock levels in their native land of the Andes Mountains.
Following these simple suggestions, you can be a successful pet owner and provide your chinchilla with a life full of activity!


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Please Note: Exotic Nutrition is not in a position to provide specific health and care guidelines on an individual basis. Please visit our animal info tabs or consider purchasing a care guide book for additional information. If you have a health or pet emergency issue, please notify your veterinarian or a specialized technician.

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