If you decided to have a chinchilla, well done. They are interesting animals and they can be your good friend. The basic thing you must know is that they prefer being kept in the room, instead in a cage. Chinchillas need a lot of exercise and activity, so placing them in the small cage is the worst thing you can do to them. If you must use a cage, provide them the biggest you can afford. In any case, don’t put them in a cage smaller than 2m (W) x 1m (D) x 2m (H). Make sure it has different levels and several platforms because chinchillas like to jump. It has to be made from non-toxic wire because your pets will chew wood. Also, let your chinchilla play in the room as often as you can. Of course, protect your pet from any kind of danger.
A cage must be placed indoors. You also must pay attention to the temperature. Chinchillas have a thick coat, so they can easily overheat. In order to prevent that, the cage should be kept at the steady temperature between 10 - 15°C. If a temperature is 21°C, your pet will become distressed. Temperatures higher than 30°C can be fatal. Don’t place the cage near music stereo or TV, because chinchillas don’t like loud noise. Always protect them from your cat.
If you use wire meshing for your cage floor, make sure there are plenty of branches and solid floored platforms, otherwise, chinchillas may develop problems with their feet. It is important that the flooring of the cage is made from some material (non-toxic) that chinchillas cannot chew. Also, provide them nest box.