When we brought the animal home, we want to take him on his hands or knees and stroke him. Children especially want to do this. Most likely, the chinchilla will be frightened, and it will not bring her anything pleasant, and even, on the contrary, it may frighten her. We will not be surprised, because she experienced so many impressions. She was taken from the place she knew, heard many new sounds and noises in the transport, felt strange smells. Now for her, too, is still a stranger, and therefore feels so very insecure. We take it out of the conveyor and release it into the cage. Most likely, as soon as he feels a relaxed grip of his hand, he will quickly dive into a corner, and all the nauseous one will sit there. We will give her time to meet new housing, new smells and late echoes. By its nature, it is a timid animal and how long it will last will depend on its adaptability, as well as on the patience and understanding of the guardian.
When the chinchilla gets used to the new environment, it does not need to be removed from the cage for some time. She also will not take food from her hands yet. Initially, it may not even take food when the guardian is near the cage. However, over time, it becomes more and more acclimatized. When she already allows observing how freely she behaves in the cage, how she is played, what she is, you can try to give her a slow movement (fast movements, a loud voice always scares the rodent) some treat, for example, a piece of an apple. When she grows old enough to take food from her hand, you can try to touch her. Most likely, she will be still shy, but over time, she will allow us to stroke herself, although she does not suffer excessively for this tenderness. If the animal orients that the open door of the cage and the arm enclosed in it means free running through the house, it will immediately jump onto it and go to the exit. Do not pull a rodent from the cage by force; grab his paws or tail. We try to cover it with palms and in such a way that, holding by the tail. Grabbing the chinchilla, you need to avoid sudden movements, keeping calm and patience. Inadequate grasping can cause hair loss at the point of contact, which is the result of the animal’s protective instinct for stress.
Chinchilla is a very mobile rodent and loves to run very much. Let her sometimes this pleasure. We do not forget, however, that an animal left unattended can cause harm to itself and damage to the household. It is always necessary to take into account that a chinchilla is a rodent that tests its teeth with great enthusiasm. They can be doomed to cracking: furniture, wallpaper, sofas, books (likes to chew on paper), as well as various cables. For chinchillas, mainly the sad result may have cable splintering. Nibbling indoor plants can be harmful not only to plants. Some of them contain toxic and even poisonous substances.
An example is the famous “dieffenbachia”. Animals should not have access to chemical products, as well as full ashtrays. A dog, a cat or a large parrot can also be dangerous for him. Is that friends. When the chinchilla has already got acquainted with the room, moves along it very freely, runs, jumps on the floor, furniture repels itself in jumping from the walls, hides between furniture, on the shelves in the sofa. When the room is cold – likes to sit on the heater.
The maintenance of chinchilla is not difficult, however, requires systematic, thoroughness and great care. Cattle breeders recommend that all care activities be carried out at the same time. Best in the afternoon. It is necessary to observe the behaviour of the animal carefully. Daily duties include removing water from a drinking trough that was not watered from the previous day, washing it thoroughly and rinsing it with clean water. At this event, it is good to use a brush for washing bottles. After you need to fill the trough with water and secure in the cage, with water, you can give diluted in it vitamins, juices or decoctions of herbs. During the day, an adult chinchilla can drink about 100 ml of water. It depends on the individual characteristics of the animal. Every day you need to remove the remnants of uneaten food. This is especially true of wet food. If the feeders are contaminated with feces or more, you need to wash them with hot water and dry, and only then fill up the feed. If the animal stops eating feed, you should try to find the cause.
Every day, for at least 1 hour, you need to put in a cage filled with 1/3 of the volume with dust for bathing a bathing vessel. Bathing is aimed at eliminating dirt and grease from the fur. Bathing chinchilla leaves in the dust cal. Therefore, after bathing, it is necessary to sift the dust through a sieve to clean it. If the bathing vessel is permanently in the cage, then the bathing dust needs to be sieved and replenished at least once a week. If during this personal hygiene event, a chinchilla gives up urine, then it should not be that the vessel is always in the cage.
Every day you need to observe the animal, how it behaves, whether it eagerly eats food, whether it is bathing or not, whether it is mobile. It is necessary to pay attention to the waste of chinchilla. The feces of a healthy rodent have a medium hardness, have the shape of rice grains, and are slightly moist when fresh. A change in the consistency of feces or its absence is a sign of digestive disorders and a signal for timely treatment.