4. Design a play area that’s mentally challenging
Chinchillas are intelligent and inquisitive creatures. They need interesting environments that challenge them both mentally and physically. They also need their environments to allow them to act out in ways that are natural to them – hiding, hopping, jumping and chewing.
When you design the environment in your chinchilla’s cage, you should try to put in large tubes that your chinchilla can run through, pretending to be in a burrow that it’s just dug. You also need to put in wooden branches for it to chew on and spots for it to hide out in. Its bedding area, especially, should be built in a way that shields it from view. A chinchilla can never sleep well in an exposed sleeping area.