Can You Travel with Chinchilla: What to Keep in Mind?

Many times such a situation arises when you can’t avoid traveling with your pet. In such cases, you must bite the bullet and make preparations. You should never travel without any prior preparations for your pet, especially when you have a chinchilla as your pet.

Chinchillas are soft and delicate creatures that need special care from their owners. In the case of traveling, one needs to pay even more attention to their pet’s needs and health as an owner.

If you also have a chinchilla as a pet and don’t know what to do in case you have to take your pet somewhere else with you, then you’ve come to the right place. We are here to help you out.

Can Chinchillas Travel in a Car

can Chinchillas Travel on a car

Traveling in a car is the best way to transport your chinchilla from one place to another. Not only is it safer, but you can also always keep an eye on your pet and cater to its needs. All you need is a wire chinchilla pet carrier, with a fleece lining for the floor, hay, and something to keep them occupied like a chew toy. 

Even though it is the most convenient option, you still need to pay attention to a lot of things while traveling with your furry pet. Chinchillas get stressed easily and over-stressing could lead to furslipping. You also need to refill the hay and feed them with water from time to time. 

One of the major problems you’ll encounter while traveling in a car is direct sunlight. It can be fatal for your chinchilla if the temperature in your car is not maintained. You need to ensure that the temperature in the car does not exceed more than 25°C as it can cause heat stroke

Chinchillas are highly sensitive to stress. So, be aware of maintaining the light coming in from the windows and not causing too much noise. It can be stressful for your pet.

Can Chinchillas Travel on a Plane

Can Chinchillas Travel on a Plane

Yes, chinchillas can travel on a plane. However, there are a lot of rules and regulations you need to be aware of beforehand. Once you know all the rules and adhere to them, you are good to go.

Before boarding a plane, you need to buy an airline-approved carrier to carry your chinchilla comfortably and safely in it. You have to call the airline well in advance and inform them about your trip to make a reservation to carry your chinchilla in your cabin and to place the carrier beneath your seat. However, most airlines limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin on each flight.

If your airline does not allow you to carry your chinchilla carrier in the cabin, then you’ll have to place your chinchilla in the cargo for the duration of the flight. But, do not forget to place them only in a climate-controlled area of the cargo hold. Ignoring this instruction can straight away kill your pet while traveling in a plane. 

It is generally recommended not to fly your chinchilla in cargo as it would be left alone for a long duration. It can get easily stressed in an unfamiliar environment without you by its side. It can severely affect your chinchilla physically as well as mentally.

Things to Consider While Traveling with Chinchillas

Things to Consider While Traveling with Chinchillas

Travel cage

For chinchilla owners planning to travel with their pets, travel is the most important piece of equipment for the trip. It is almost impossible to travel with your chinchilla without a travel cage. Also, you need to get a cage suitable for chinchillas specifically.

You need to ensure that the cage you choose for your pet is not made up of plastic as chinchillas can chew through plastic. This plastic sticks in their gut upon getting consumed and it could get problematic. You can get a wire carrier for your chinchilla instead.

Chinchillas have this habit of gnawing on everything in their range. If possible, they’ll gnaw at the cage too. However, in the case of a wire cage, the chinchilla can’t gnaw on it or ingest the wire by accident. 

Another added advantage of a wire cage is that these cages allow better ventilation which is necessary for your pet’s well-being. Chinchillas get overheated quickly and are susceptible to getting heat strokes in high temperatures. 

Food & Water Arrangements

Everyone needs food and water to survive. Primary and the most nutritious diet of chinchillas is hay. While traveling, you need to carry an adequate amount of hay for feeding your pet. 

During the journey, your chinchilla will get hungry. They need to eat throughout the day. Having an adequate supply of fresh and good quality hay is very necessary while going out with your chinchilla to keep them occupied and its mind off the changes in its surroundings.

Along with food, water is equally important for your pet, especially while traveling. Even though most chinchillas do not drink while traveling, it is still better to be safe than sorry. Although, don’t attach the water to the cage, but rather offer it periodically as it could also leak everywhere due to all the higgle and jostle during the journey.

Apart from food and water, carry a few chew toys for your pet. Chinchillas need to chew to keep their teeth trimmed. They will chew anything in their range, so it’s better to keep a chew toy for them. It also keeps them occupied and busy throughout the journey.

Additional Tips for Traveling with Chinchillas 

Tips for Traveling with Chinchillas 
  • Chinchillas are highly sensitive to stress. Try to hide them from seeing and feeling the movement around them. You can use a cage cover for it. It’ll also make them feel more secure.
  • Try to keep the noise as low as possible during the journey. It can cause stress to your chinchilla which in turn could affect its health.
  • Do not expose your chinchilla to direct sunlight and provide good ventilation to them.
  • Use A/C to keep the temperature in control and prevent your chinchilla from overheating.
  • Do not let your chinchilla out of the cage even if you feel your pet is highly stressed. This is so because chinchillas are very unpredictable when they’re stressed. They can go and hide in places you can’t reach which in turn would create an even more stressful situation.
  • While in the car, you can put shade on the windows to allow minimum sunlight to come through the windows. 
  • Take frequent breaks if you are on a long-distance journey in a car and check if your chinchilla has its food or needs water. Also, tidy the cage if it becomes completely disorganized.
  • Reserve a specific place for your pet in the car.
  • It is best to travel during the day instead at night with your pet as chinchillas are more active at night and sleep more during the day. This way your pet could spend most of its time resting while traveling.

Final Words

As if traveling alone from one place to another isn’t already a hassle on its own, having a pet along just doubles the struggle. As a pet owner, not only do you have to look after your pet’s safety, but also have many more things to consider while traveling with them. The most important thing you pay attention to while traveling with a chinchilla is your pet’s health. 

However, even though you can travel with chinchillas, you should generally avoid moving them from one place to another. Traveling with your pet without adequate prior arrangements can affect your chinchilla gravely.