Does Your Pet Chinchilla Have an Unpleasant Odor?

Do you have a pet chinchilla but find yourself sniffing the air in its presence? Does your pet’s fur smell like something unpleasant? If so, it’s possible that your beloved pet may be suffering from an odor problem.

In this article, we will discuss the causes of bad odors in chinchillas and how to address them. We will also provide some tips for keeping your furry friend smelling fresh and clean! So if you want to keep your house free of any unwanted smells, read on to learn more about dealing with smelly chinchillas!

Do Chinchillas Smell?

One of the most liked qualities of chinchillas is that they are naturally odorless. They do not produce any bad smell and would usually just smell like a little bit of hay that they feed on, but the such scent is usually unnoticeable. 

Generally, chinchillas make good and clean pets. They frequently bathe and groom themselves and their fellows’ fur. Moreover, they do not pee too often, and their poops are solid and dry.

When it comes to their breaths, they don’t smell good but they don’t smell bad either. Since mouths are full of bacteria, a certain smell may develop, but surely, it’s in no way worse than any known pets or other rodents.

If you’re wondering if they fart as well, yes they do. Gas buildup in their intestines can cause your pet to fart but this does not produce any bad smell. 

While chinchillas are completely odor-free, a few factors can cause them to smell. Common issues are as follows:

Dirty Cage

The generic dirty-cage smell can pop anytime when you leave their cages uncleaned for a while. Chinchilla beddings soaked in urine develop bacteria and start to stink, even dry poops start to give off a bad smell when they get wet and break down. 

Cages that are enclosed may more likely smell than ones with the right space enough for air to circulate. Enclosed cages might need more frequent cleaning to eliminate the possibility of producing a bad smell. 

Dental and Health Issues

Alongside bad breath, problems with teeth such as overgrowth, crooked teeth, and uneven wearing may result in pain. The bad smell from their mouths is a product of bacterial growth and infections.

Other symptoms are drooling, loss of appetite, trouble swallowing, or a tooth protruding. In addition, smelly and watery poops are also indicative that your pet is ill. When any of these issues are present, the best option is to seek medical attention for your pet.

Fungus and Bacteria in Fur

Most chinchillas are messy drinkers, so instances of getting their fur wet because of excess water can be high. Such a case is also possible when they have little space to stay out of areas where they pee and also when you clean their cages infrequently.

Staying damp for a time may develop bacteria and fungal infections that usually produce a bad smell.

Wet Hay

Unknown to many, wet hay may also cause your chinchilla or their cages to smell. Since your pet is a messy eater, pieces of hay may be scattered everywhere.

When left for a period, bacteria might start feeding on it until it starts to stink. Although such a smell usually goes unnoticed, frequent cleaning of their cages and play area might eliminate it. 

Are Chinchillas Messy?

Are Chinchillas Messy

Every chinchilla is unique and may exhibit a different behavior from the rest. Generally, the most common factor making chinchillas messy is the way they throw their food everywhere.

Debris from their food might just never run out even after you have cleaned their area. Another way is by unknowingly dribbling water on themselves when drinking. 

Since these rodents also poop frequently, a lot of droppings may also be scattered inside and outside their cages. Furthermore, untrained chinchillas just pee wherever they feel like. But, you can train them young to do it in a litter pan.

Instances like these are unavoidable but can be lessened. Closely monitor the behavior of your pet and attempt to strategize safe and proper training for them. Above all other ways, cleaning their cages frequently largely contributes to maintaining a clean environment for your pet.

How to Keep Chinchilla Cage from Smelling

how to clean chinchillas

Some owners are probably going through several little struggles on how to maintain a cage that is not only safe but clean and odor-free.

Two tips below may be of great help to you.

Regular Cleaning

Daily droppings, pee, and food debris should not stay in an area for long hours to make sure the cage does not produce any bad smell at all. Spot cleaning by sweeping up poop and debris hay should be a daily routine.

In addition, soiled beds should also be replaced with new and fresh ones regularly. Anything else that needs tidying up should be done daily. A few minutes of spot cleaning is a must to make sure that everything is clean and in order.

Periodic deep cleaning

Depending on your desired schedule, infrequent deep cleaning is also a good way of eliminating the smell from cages.

You may do this by removing everything from the cage, washing all the accessories thoroughly with soap and water, and lastly wiping the inside and outside of the cage with bleach and rinsing it clean after.

Make sure to discard all bedding for this can be the main source of bacteria and smell. After everything has been washed and cleaned, let them dry and replace what’s necessary.

Deep cleaning can usually take longer minutes than the cleaning you do regularly. While doing this, let your chinchilla stay in a safe space outside the cage.

Final Words

So, in conclusion, chinchillas do smell if they are not being cleaned up properly.

Our pet homes should not only be appropriate for their needs, comfortable, safe, and have enough space. A clean cage also largely contributes to a better quality of life.

Chinchillas are innately clean animals, but the core responsibility of creating and maintaining a clean environment for them is our responsibility.