Hi! I made an account on here just for this purpose, ahaha. I'm preparing for my chinchilla (which I'm picking up on Saturday) and plan on building my own cage. I've done plenty of research but I'm on a tighter budget than what a lot of DIY tutorials suggest. To cut a long story short I was thinking of using plywood for the outer shell of the cage. I've read in most places that the glue in plywood is unsafe but since I'm simply using it for the exterior I figured it might be okay? For the record I won't be using plywood for the shelving or anything like that. I'm a first time chinchilla owner so I'd love for one of you more adept chin-parents to help me out. Thanks so much in advance!
Hi Shania, plywood for the exterior is fine, most chins either can't or won't bother biting the walls... If you do notice them chewing it, a lot of people with degus just use aluminium sheet metal to patch up the spots they're chewing.
Alternatively, you could use melamine-faced chipboard or furnitureboard which is easily wiped clean compared to plywood.
Out of curiosity, what are you planning for the cage for dimensions and layout? I'm planning a chin cage build myself in the future and I'm always on the lookout for ideas
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