Chinchilla Toys Made of Safe Wood

Chinchilla Feeding In Cage

Chinchillas like chewing, particularly wood, which helps maintain their continuously developing teeth trimmed and sharp. However, not all woods are beneficial to your chinchilla, and some are even harmful.

Warning

Avoid branches from cherry, citrus fruit trees, redwood, cedar, and other evergreen trees. Do not use particleboard, plywood or other treated materials They are toxic to your chinchilla.

Even if you pick a wood that has been classified as safe, such as wood from seed-bearing fruit trees like apple, pear, and hazelnut, be sure you are giving your pet the actual thing, not treated, glued, or painted wood.

Among the fruit trees and vines labeled as safe are:

  • blackberry
  • blackcurrant
  • crabapple
  • grapevine
  • hawthorn
  • kiwi
  • mulberry
  • pecan
  • quince
  • rosehip

Some flowering trees also are considered safe. Those options include:

  • arbutus
  • ash
  • aspen
  • cholla
  • cottonwood
  • dogwood
  • magnolia
  • manzanita

Also on the safe list are:

  • bamboo
  • elm
  • pine - kiln-dried white
  • poplar
  • sycamore
  • willow (but not white willow)

Preparing the Wood

Once you've located your wood, make sure your chinchilla is capable of handling it. Break up the wood or twigs into 5 inch pieces. Any more than that, and your pet may find it difficult to control it.

Scrub off the tannins and leftover debris with a toothbrush or scrubber after boiling the wood for 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you may soak the wood in hot water and brush it until the water runs clean. Alternatively, mix the two methods.

After cleaning the sticks, lay them out equally on a cloth and let them air dry. After the sticks have dried fully, you may set them on a flat, foil-lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven.

As for how much wood to give your chinchilla, the amount is up to you and your pet. He'll happily chew as much wood as you give him.

Warning

A word of warning about lichen If you can see it on your wood, don't use it for your pet. No matter how much scrubbing or boiling you do, the lichens permeate the wood and you won't get it out.

From the Marketplace

You don't need to be a handyman. A variety of safe-wood toys are available for your chinchilla at pet stores, merchants, and online. But be cautious. You want to make sure the wood you choose is one of the safest types for your pet.

Many bird perches are made of manzanita, but before you buy one, look at the packaging to make sure it hasn't been treated.

Also, avoid any store-bought toys containing plastic. You don't want your pet to chew beads or other baubles.

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