Chinchilla Care, Information, Facts & Pictures

Profile of chinchillas as pets, basic information about chinchillas and basic care information
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This is a chinchilla, and chinchillas come from South America, they live up in the Andes, where it is fairly cold. They are very well known for their very thick, very soft fur. Um, these have been used, and are still used to this day for clothing. Their fur is much sought after for fur coats. Of course, we prefer having the fur stay on the animal. And they make fantastic pets. They are very very smart and they are very playful. They play a lot during the night time hours. They are fairly nocturnal, but they will also come out during the day. They are vegetarians, we have a pelleted prepared food that we feed them. It is a chinchilla diet.

They like to climb, they like to bounce around, they like to play. So a very tall cage, usually made out of a rubber coated wire, were just very good for their feet. You do not want rough wire to hurt their feet. And then you need a water bottle and a food bowl. And they eat a lot of hay and grass. They like Timothy hay along with their diet, their chinchilla diet. They also have a thing about raisins. They really like raisins a lot. And a little bit of fruit is good for them too. These are best kept in pairs. It is easier and better to avoid housing 2 males, as they tend to be territorial, and they fight a little bit. But if you keep them together, they will play with each other, and love each other. And they bond very well, and they will probably breed, and you will probably end up with some babies. Very nice animals. These are incredibly soft. And this one is not quite full grown, but almost. And they live for about 7 or 8 years, and one of the more fun animals we have here.
Chinchillas as Pets - Things you need to know about caring for pet chinchillas
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Chinchillas do need room to exercise. They can be allowed to freely roam about any part of the house that you’ve made chinchilla-proof. Your chinchillas don’t need large enclosures. They only need a little room in their enclosures and to be let out to run about from time to time. They are great pets for those in small homes. Information and pictures about the chinchilla and what you need to know to keep them as pets.
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Chinchillas can make wonderful pets for the right person, but before deciding on a pet chinchilla, familiarize yourself with their unique characteristics and all aspects of their care. Learn about chinchillas, how to care for them, and what supplies you need to provide a home for a chinchilla in this chinchilla care guide.Another very nice quality about chins as pets, is they have no claws or fingernails. They have these little soft pads on the bottom of their feet, so you don't get scratched. I wouldn't recommend them with small children however, as young children could easily hurt a chinchilla.Chins are more playful type pets, than a sit down lap type animal. I would recommend getting a baby if you decide to get a chinchilla. They usually run about $100 in the US for a pet, but that price can vary a lot. Try to purchase one from a reputable breeder.All pets require food, water and various supplies. Chinchilla needs and costs are minimal as compared to cats and dogs and about on par with other rodents. The basics include a solid-bottom cage containing no plastic that's at least 4 feet high, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep; however, larger is preferable. Chinchillas need a 16-ounce or larger water bottle with a stainless steel ball bearing sipper tube, a ceramic or metal food dish, a pellets-only food mixture, a constant supply of hay, lots of aspen or paper-based bedding, a little house, a salt lick, an exercise wheel, dust bath and some toys. Chinchillas also need chew toys or other appropriate items to gnaw on to keep their teeth filed down. If you're willing and able to buy all of this and to replace it as needed for up to 20 years, chinchillas can make a good pet for your home. Don't forget, you'll have to pay for veterinary care sometimes over the years too.