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If you decide to try to potty train your chinchilla or change how you line your cage for cleaning purposes, you'll need to get some specific chinchilla cage accessories to make it happen. Chewy carries all the best supplies for litter training your pet, including litter boxes and the chinchilla litter that goes in them, chinchilla cage liners and bedding, cage cleaning supplies and more. We've got a great selection of all the best chinchilla litter for sale along with everything else you need to keep your cage clean, pleasant and odor-free.
Not all chinchillas will use a litter box, but if you start potty training when they're young, you may succeed. Chinchillas can usually only be trained to urinate in the litter box, but the good news is their feces tends to be low-odor, so it's not as much of an issue. Start by providing a suitably small litter box for your chinchilla and "train" him to use it by putting it wherever he normally goes potty. Try putting soiled bedding in the box to provide a scent cue, as well, and make sure to leave a little used litter in the box after cleanings. A small animal litter pan with high sides or a cover and a low front for easy entry works best for chinchillas, and a corner litter box will save space in the cage. A cage-mounted box will provide extra stability and avoid messes, too.
Be sure to fill your litter box with a suitable material like paper litter, odorless wood shavings or other small animal litter. The best litter will usually be paper or another moisture-absorbing, odor-controlling litter, but some people will use shredded paper as a cheap DIY solution. You can use the same bedding you use to line your cage or pick a pelleted litter for easier waste spotting and scooping. You'll want to choose an absorbent material that makes removing messes easy, so avoid filling the box with things like large wood chips or hay. Chinchilla fleece liners like those used for guinea pigs are not usually a good idea for your litter box, as they aren't great at absorption or odor control, but they can work well as regular bedding in your cage.
Litter training your pet can make cleaning your chinchilla cage easier and let you go a little longer between chinchilla bedding changes and deep cleans. Chewy has all the chinchilla supplies you need for potty purposes, cage maintenance, feeding and play. Stock up on essentials like chinchilla food and chinchilla toys and shop for the cage cleaning supplies you'll need to keep things tidy and hygienic. You'll find all the best chinchilla litter for your little buddy, too, with great deals on everything and fast shipping right to your door!
Some chinchillas can be litter trained, but you'll need to start them young and manage your expectations. Even chinchillas who do succeed at potty training will only urinate in the box, as their feces has a very faint odor and won't serve as a good scent cue. Be sure to get the right gear, including a chinchilla-appropriate litter box and chinchilla safe litter, and site the box properly, away from food and water areas. With a little patience and luck, you may be able to litter train your pet and make cage cleaning less of a chore!
Your chinchilla doesn't need a litter box, but having one will make keeping the cage clean a little easier. Many chinchillas can learn to urinate in chinchilla litter boxes with just a little training, but because their solid waste has no smell, it is usually not possible to train them to defecate in a litter box.
The best chinchilla litter is one made specifically for small animals. A good chinchilla litter will be odorless, fragrance-free, non-toxic and safe to ingest. Paper or paper pellets are good choices, as are soft aspen wood shavings. Hay mixed in with paper or wood shavings makes a great substrate, too. Avoid cat litter unless it's the wood or paper pelleted kind, and be sure to choose a dust-free and ink-free litter. Cedar and aromatic pine should also never be used as small animal bedding or litter.