“Who Else Wants The
Chinchilla Around That Is
To Play With You?"
Dear Fellow Chinchilla Lover:
Welcome to Chinchilla Care Information,My name is Tyson Faulkner and I want to share what I've learned with you so you can have a happy, healthy chinchilla that loves to play with you and lives longer than the average chin. I don't want your chinchilla to be afraid of you or your home, and it is my goal to see that all pet chinchillas are properly cared for, so I want to share my knowledge with you, free of charge.
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- How to tell if a chinchilla is the right pet for your family
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- Tips for bonding with your chinchilla so he will be excited to come out of his cage to play with you
- Where chinchillas come from and what makes them so soft and cuddly
- What foods you should never feed your little furry friend - proper nutrition is the most important part of keeping your chin happy, healthy and energetic
- How to pick him up for the first time without scaring him...or you!
- How long can I expect my domestic chinchilla to live if I keep him as healthy as possible?
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Here's some basic
care to get you started while you wait for the first lesson.
you probably know, chinchillas are small, furry little creatures that
are very soft and cute. They have lovable personalities and are quite
social if you work with them in the right ways. Their fur is actually
one of the softest furs of any animal in the whole world (if not THE
softest). This is because they have up to 60 hairs growing out of each
hair follicle in their skin. This makes their fur extremely thick and
plush, in fact it's so thick that flees can't even live in it because
they'll suffocate. Because of their extremely soft fur, these little
creatures were hunted massively in the early 1900's and almost went
Chinchillas are native to the Andes mountains in South America where they roam the rocky mountainside. They are usually just grey if you were to see one in the wild, but because many people like them as pets, they have been bred to be a few different colors. You can find domestic chinchillas that have panda colors, brown, black, white with gray or black patches (called mosaic), plain white and even types of violet. There is an almost endless number of colors they can be, but the trouble would be finding one that is specific color in your area.
To keep their luxurious fur clean, wild chinchillas will roll around in finely ground volcanic rock dust. This dust gets into their fur all the way to their skin and absorbs dirt and oil, keeping them nice and clean. Chinchillas needs these dust baths a few times a week (depending on the climate they're in, they may need more in a humid environment). For domestic chinchillas, you can buy specially made dust that your little chilly can use to bathe in. You should never give him a water bath though, the water will get into his fur very readily and will create a moist environment where fungus like ringworm can easily grow. So never let your little guy get wet, and provide plenty of dust baths for him to stay clean with. Do keep in mind though, that too many dust baths can make their skin dry and flaky, so keep an eye on that and adjust accordingly.
Back in the Andes mountains, chinchillas live in colonies. Domestically, however, you probably won't want that many chinchillas running around your house. They actually do very good by themselves as long as they have someone (like you!) that cares for them every day and spends some time with them. As long as you have enough space, more than one chinchilla of the same sex can live peacefully together, or even one male with one or more females. You may run into trouble if you put two males together with a female though, as the males have a tendency to fight over the females. If your chinchilla's cage is too small, then any combination of chins may get territorial, so provide plenty of living space for them.
While chinchillas are usually very healthy little creatures, they do have quite a sensitive digestive system. Wild chinchillas have been seen eating different plants, fruits, seeds, and even small insects. Your domestic chinchilla probably can't handle food like this though, it will irritate his digestive system. Your pet chin should be fed a special diet that consists of pellets and hay (for proper nutrients and fiber). You should be able to find their food at your local pet store. You can also feed them treats once in awhile like cheerios, dandelion leaves, small pieces of fruit, and rose hips. They are very sensitive to sugar so keep treats to once a day or so. It's a good idea to offer your chinchilla a water bottle instead of a bowl since it could get tipped over and get him wet.
Chinchillas are definitely among the cutest of the rodent family (of which they are closer to guinea pigs than mice or rats) and they have great personalities. They make very cute, lovable little pets as long as you have the time to properly devote to them. While being soft and a joy to pet are great attributes, they can also be taught some simple tricks and they are entertaining to watch jump and climb around on stuff. And since they stay so healthy and clean (with the exception of a little dust) they are an easy animal to take care of.
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