Reusing old cage for new chin

klknelson

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Our chinchilla died several months ago (we had her for over 19 years, so it wasn't a surprise). I think we're ready now to get another chinchilla and I plan to use the old cage. I was planning to clean it really well, but not sure I can really clean the wooden ledges. Are chinchillas sensitive to other chins smells such that the old wooden ledges would be a problem? I was originally going to purchase new ones but my husband doesn't think it's necessary and doesn't want me to spend the money on it. Thoughts?
 

Amethyst

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Unless your chin died of or had something contagious I don't see any problem with reusing the cage and cage items. Just wash the wood ledges down with a 50/50 vinegar/water mix, use a scrub brush if needed, then let dry completely. I would also sand down any stained areas and smooth any chewed edges so the new chin can make their own chew patterns.
 

Idgie

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I have reused a cage and wood items. Cleaning them and sanding them seems to work fine. The new chins don’t mind.
 

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