NWI Chinchillas

Breeding quality chinchillas and rescuing exotics since 2003.

Supplies Needed for a Chinchilla  (w/ Price Comparison)

When adding a chinchilla to the family, expect to spend at least $150-200 on the chinchilla, cage, and accessories, if you do not already have the necessary supplies.


Here is a breakdown of the supplies you will need for a chinchilla, as well as what those supplies will cost you, both here at NWI and at petstores.  Pet store prices were gathered at Petsmart and Petco on 3/6/2019.

 
Supplies
Price at NWI
Price at Petsmart
Price at Petco
Chinchilla 
  $50.00 - $100.00 (rescue)
$135.00 - 250.00+ (baby / pedigreed)
$149.99
$149.99
Cage
 $95.00 - $115.00 (new)
$45.00+ used w/ wooden shelves 
$79.99 - $259.99 all except one had plastic ledges / trays (one had metal)
$89.99 - $199.99 -- all except one had plastic ledges / trays (one had metal)
Ceramic Food Bowl
$4.00 -- 4 ounce bowl
$3.99 -- 4 ounce bowl
$2.99 - $3.99
Glass Water Bottle 
$6.00 -- 16 ounce glass bottle 
$10.99 -- 12 ounce glass bottle
$11.99 -- 12 ounce glass bottle
Dust Pan / Dust House 
$2.50 (dust pan -- new)
$5.00 (dust house -- used)
$17.99
$20.99
Food
$0.75 - $1.25 per pound
$14.49 -- 3 pounds
($4.83 per pound)
$19.99 - 4 pounds
($4.99 per pound)
Dust
$1.25 per pound
$12.99 -- 3 pounds
$7.99 -- 13 ounces
($4.33 - $9.83 per pound)
$10.99 -- 2.5 pounds
($4.39 per pound)
Hay
$1.00 per pound
$5.99 -- 15 ounces
$12.99 -- 40 ounces
($5.19 - $6.38 per pound)
$12.99 -- 3.5 pounds
$6.99 -- 1 pound
($3.71 - $6.99 per pound)
Hay Cubes
$1.25 per pound
not carried
$8.49 -- 1 pound
Chew Toy
$4.00 - $8.00 each
$4.49 - $11.99 (lesser quality toys)
$5.99 - $8.99 (comparable quality toys)
Hammock
Fleece Tube
Fleece Hanging House
$7.50 - $8.50 fleece hammocks
$20.00 fleece tubes
$20.00 fleece hanging houses
no all-fleece hammocks
no fleece tubes
$11.49 -- fleece "forest"
no all-fleece hammocks
no fleece tubes
no fleece hanging houses
Bedding
$8.00 -- 9 cu. ft. pine
$13.49 -- 4 cu. ft. aspen
$12.99 -- 4 cu. ft pine
$14.49 -- 4 cu. ft. aspen
$12.49 -- 4 cu. ft. softwood
Wooden Hidey House 
$15.00 - $25.00
no all-wood houses
$17.99 - $21.99 (made from thin wood)
Treats
$1.00 - $14.00
$9.79 - $9.99
$4.99 - $12.99

The numbers below are totals of all of the above items (including 5 pounds each of food, dust, hay, and hay cubes) from their respective locations.

 

$214.25 - $317.25

$391.42 - $643.07

$425.31 - $569.71