6 Best Chinchilla Dust Bath Houses

Best Chinchilla Dust Bath Houses

Chinchillas should never be bathed in water. They are unique and bathe in volcanic ash in their natural habitat of the Andes Mountains of South America.

Chinchillas are large rodents, closer to the size of a small rabbit. Both species of chinchilla, the long-tailed and short-tailed, can measure from almost 9 inches to 19 inches. They can weigh from just over one pound to three pounds.

When chinchillas bathe, they do so in a dust bath. To give your chinchilla a bath, all you need to do is put chinchilla dust or sand into a chinchilla bath house.

Your chinchilla should be given a bath one to three times a week. If you have seasonal humidity or live in a humid climate, you can increase their bathing time. It would be best if you decreased their bath during dry winter months or in dry climates. The reason for the decrease is because the bathing dust can dry out your chinchilla’s skin.

Even though a dust bath is a part of caring for your chinchilla, you may have fun watching your little furball bathe. They roll and perform nose dives into their sand and then shake their bodies like your dog would after a bath. The only difference is you won’t get wet.

I know you, as a chinchilla owner, are already aware of your chinchilla’s size. What I found in my search for perfect bathing containers for these guys that many of them are way too small.

I tried to list only bath houses that are the correct size for any chinchilla.

Kaytee Chinchilla Bath House

This Kaytee dust bath house is an excellent choice for your chinchilla. Fully enclosed except for the opening at the front for your chinchilla to pop in and out. Since this little house is completely enclosed, it contains the dust, so your chinchilla doesn’t make a huge mess.

The bath house is constructed of durable plastic and comes in a variety of colors. It’s just the right size for an average-sized chinchilla. The two hooks on the back allow you to attach it to your chinchilla’s cage. This will prevent it from moving around while your chinchilla bathes. You still need to remove the bath house when bath time is over.

Pros:

  • Contains dust
  • See through for easy viewing

Cons:

  • Small for larger chinchillas
  • Harder to clean than two-piece models

Dimensions:

9-Inch long, 9-1/4-inch or 23.5cm wide, 8-1/2-inch or 21.5cm high

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kathson Chinchilla Sand Bath House

 

The kathson sand bath house is perfect for your chinchilla to take its dust baths in. Chinchillas love their dust baths. This bath house is translucent to allow you to watch your chinchilla and the antics it gets up to while dusting.

The lightweight house is made of durable plastic, is non-toxic, and contains no harmful substances. Its two-piece design is made to come apart for storage and cleaning. There is also a door flap that can help keep bath dust contained but can also be removed if your chinchilla doesn’t like to be enclosed inside. It comes in blue or pink.

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Pros:

  • Two-piece design for easy cleaning and storage
  • Keeps dust contained
  • See through so you can watch your chinchilla bathe

Cons:

  • Plastic so chinchillas might chew
  • Chinchillas might not like the door flap

Dimensions:

9.6in or 24.5cm long, 7in or 17.7cm wide, 7.1 in or 18 cm high

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Lixit 30-0189-006 Chinchilla Dry Bath

This bath house is made from durable plastic. It’s easy to can take apart for cleaning. This bath house a larger than it looks and just the right size for your chinchilla to bathe in. Some chinchilla’s like to sit in their bath longer than you’d like. The way the top is made, makes it easy to remove your chinchilla if needed. The design also helps keep the dust in and messes at a minimum. This design allows you to watch your chinchilla bathe with a clear view.

Pros:

  • Two-piece design, easy to clean
  • Roomy
  • Contains the dust
  • Budget friendly

Cons:

  • Top may come off easily
  • May not contain dust as much as needed for some
  • Unstable in some cases

Dimensions:

14inch or 35cm by 9inch or 23cm by 6inch by 15cm

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Trixie Sand Bath for Chinchillas

The sturdy plastic bath house is just right for you chinchilla. It’s roomy and keeps their bathing sand in. It comes apart for easy cleaning.

Pros:

  • Budget friendly
  • Reduces dust spill
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Plastic so chinchillas may chew
  • Dust can sift between the two pieces
  • Sides may be too high for small or elderly chinchillas

Dimensions:

10.5inch or 27cm by 7inch or 18 cm by 6inch or 16cm

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LIVING WORLD Chinchilla Bath House

The unique design with a bowl-shaped bottom keeps the bath sand inside. The transparent top is removable for easy cleaning. It also allows you to watch your chinchilla bathe. It is made from durable plastic. Smaller than some of the other selections, but still roomy enough for an average-sized chinchilla.

Pros:

  • Keeps dust inside
  • Clear top allowing you to watch your chinchilla
  • Two-piece design, easy to clean

Cons:

  • Small compared to other bathhouses on the list
  • Plastic so chinchillas might chew

Dimensions:

6.5in or 16.5cm by 6.5in or 16.5cm by 11inch or 28.cm

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CYS EXCEL Glass Slant Cut Bubble Bowl

An option to the dust houses is a fish aquarium or plant terrarium. This is an excellent idea if you happen to have a bigger chinchilla. You have many size options.

These containers are a great choice because they are heavy, your chinchilla won’t tip it over. It’s made of glass making it impossible for you chinchilla to chew it, and in the version shown its slanted design makes it easy for your chinchilla to get in and out.

One of the best parts, for you as a chinchilla owner, is that this makes it even easier to watch the fun your chinchilla has at bath time. The clear glass gives you a perfect view.

Pros:

  • Heavy glass won’t tip
  • Clear for easy viewing
  • Slanted for easy entry and exit
  • Multiple sizes
  • Contains dust

Cons:

  • Sides may be too high for small or elderly chinchillas

Dimensions:

Varied. The one pictured is 8in or 20cm by 8in or 20cm.

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Final Thoughts

There you have it. I found five chinchilla dust houses in the pets’ section on various marketplaces, the right size for chinchillas (or so they claim). The sad thing is that these companies seem to believe that a chinchilla is the size of a hamster or gerbil when they are the size of a small rabbit. They need more room than the smaller rodents.

I hope this helps you with at least an idea of what you need for your fuzzy rodent.

Remember always to remove your chinchilla’s bath house after their bath.

What have you found that works for your chinchilla? Have you purchased a traditional dust bathhouse, or do you use something that most wouldn’t think about? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know.

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