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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!

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Safe Wood 

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.

Apple
Arbutus
Ash
Aspen
Cholla
Cottonwood
Crabapple
Dogwood
Elm
Grapevine
Hazelnut
Hawthorn
Magnolia
Manzanita
Mulberry
Pear
Pecan
Pine (kiln-dried only)
Poplar
Willow

Toxic Wood  

Woods to avoid giving your chin.

Almond
Apricot
Beech
Birch
Black locust
Black lotus
Box elder
Cedar
Cherry
Chestnut
China berry
Citrus woods such as orange, grapefruit or lemon
Cypress
Elderberry
Eucalyptus
Fir
Hemlock
Juniper
Laurel
Maple
Myrtle
Nectarine
Oak
Oleander
Peach
Pine (fresh or pressure treated)
Pinecones
Plum
Prune
Redwood
Spruce
Walnut
Yew
Man made boards such as plywood, chipboard, blockboard, hardboard, fibreboard (mdf), stirling board

 

!!!Safety Warning!!!

CYANOGENIC GLYCOSIDES

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!