Make sure the items you have in your chins cage are safe for them to chew on. Chinchillas MUST chew in order to keep their teeth the proper length, as they grow continuously and need to be worn down. Some woods can be toxic to chins! If wood is of unknown origin or species, be safe, and don't use it!
We've also provided a page with instructions on how to prepare safe homemade wood chews for your chinchilla. We'd be happy to answer any questions about the process. Just email us!
All of these selections must be organic, untreated, with NO pesticides, chemicals or paint! Never use any "safe" wood that could potentially have pesticide residue, even if the bark was removed. Pesticides can penetrate into wood through bark. Pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides (including dormant spray), and miticides.
Pine (kiln-dried only)
Woods to avoid giving your chin.
Citrus woods such as orange, grapefruit or lemon
Pine (fresh or pressure treated)
Man made boards such as plywood, chipboard, blockboard, hardboard, fibreboard (mdf), stirling board
Members of the Prunus species (almond, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, sloe), contain cyanogenic glycosides which release CYANIDE (which is poison) if ingested. Note that although the wood of some trees may be toxic, this warning doesn't necessarily transfer to the fruit of the tree.
Peach chew sticks produced by a major pet supply manufacturer are to be considered TOXIC and should never be given to animals!
Most information contained on this page courtesy of: www.chincare.com. For a more thorough list, please visit the chin-care site!