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Four Steps For Chinchilla Travel

How to maximize your chinchilla’s travel experience.

By Jessica Cordia

chinchilla with white fur
Photo Courtesy Allie Lyth
Keep temperature in mind and plan ahead when traveling with a chinchilla. 

Whether you take your chinchilla on vacation or to the veterinarian, travel carriers make the trip more manageable. A few easy steps can make your chinchilla’s travel experience a good one.

1. Find A Good Travel Carrier
The travel carrier must be easy to carry, well-ventilated, and escape-proof. Small dog or cat travel carriers work well.

2. Make It Comfortable
Put some sort of bedding material on the bottom of the carrier. I put a layer of clay cat litter in mine. I also add some shredded paper,” said chinchilla owner Susan Hootens.

You can also add a hiding space, like a box, to your travel carrier. This gives the chinchilla a place to go to if it gets scared.

3. Supply Food & Water
Give your chinchilla food and water during the trip. Attach a water bottle to the carrier and put a food dish inside. You might want to bring along some treats, too.

4. Protect Your Chinchilla
Bring along a light sheet or piece of thin fabric to cover the carrier. This will protect your chinchilla from overheating and loud noise. Make sure to remove the sheet from time to time to increase ventilation in the carrier.

If you are traveling in the car, avoid extreme temperatures by using the air conditioner or heater. In the summer, put a bottle of frozen water in the carrier to keep temperatures down. In the winter, put something in the carrier that your chinchilla can snuggle up to for warmth. Never leave your chinchilla alone in the car.

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thanks in the summer i go to my parents lake house and this is my first summer with my chinchilla Stella and i dont know how to take her places yet
Alyssa, Crystal lake, IL
Posted: 4/18/2014 9:24:56 PM
If you're going on vacation, can you use the travel carrier as an actual cage? For about a week or so?
Winona, Austin, TX
Posted: 5/15/2013 3:12:41 PM
WOW! Thank you so much! I have two chins of my own (Ferbie & Elvis) This summer we will be moving/driving from Georgia to D.C. with my mom and myself (age 12.) We have baught a metal birdcage that fits them perfectly and is chew proof ;)
I was looking at other ways to make them feel comfortable, and this helped tremendously!
Thanks so much!
Kate, Columbus, GA
Posted: 4/7/2013 5:08:16 PM
I bought a very small dog carrier for my chin. i hope she doesnt get too stressed when we move because we are driving cross country from California to florida. I intend to get her out for playtime at night in the bathrooms of the hotels we stay at.
Teresa, Lemoore, CA
Posted: 11/2/2012 8:53:13 AM
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