Chinchillas are good pets. Just touch them to understand this, because their fur is considered the softest. Chinchillas are friendly and interact with people. Each chinchilla has its personality!
Here are some basic tips you need for the comfort of your chinchilla.
For chinchillas, a cage of at least 24 cm in width and 18 cm in height is recommended. If you have a place, buy her a big cage. Chinchillas are powerful creatures; they must constantly run. A small wheel placed in a cage will also be greatly appreciated. The cage must be made of wire. Wooden cages can be dangerous because chinchillas chew wood and can die from swallowing pieces of wood. Plastic cells are also dangerous; they are treated with harmful solutions and chinchillas can get hurt by the sharp edges of the plastic.
Space for cell.
Chinchillas do not sweat, so their cells should be in a cool room. The temperature in the room should not be more than 30 degrees Celsius, and the air should circulate freely. Overheating for a chinchilla can be fatal. If the chinchilla is sluggish and the veins in her ears are swollen, move the cage to a cool place. You can also make her a small fan to help keep her cool. Chinchilla fur is warmer than other animals.
Chinchillas are easily frightened by sudden movements and loud sounds. They tend to feel calmer when their cage is on a wall or even in a corner.
Some cells have dishes for food and water bottles. Their dishes should be made of a material that the chinchilla cannot nibble. They must be inside the cage and must not be too heavy. A water bottle should be placed outside so that your pet does not nibble it. Food should be fresh, and water should change daily.
Chinchillas need to chew something! Their teeth never stop growing, so they must constantly chew. A piece of wood or raw pine about 15 centimetres in length, will be the best toy for chewing. A vine, willow, poplar or pear will also be a good chew toy. However, never give chemically treated or painted wood, or citrus, they contain toxic resins for chinchillas
Wild chinchillas love to wallow in the dust, so they clean themselves. Use a sand bath, put it in a cage for fifteen to twenty minutes, and let your chinchilla clean itself. She should take such baths two or three times a week. Do not wash the chinchilla with water, because it has thick fur, and it dries for a long time, which can lead to fungal skin diseases. Chinchilla fur is so thick that fleas and other parasites cannot live there!
A few sheets of newsprint at the bottom of the cell will be enough and easy to change every day. If you decide to use soft bedding, take pine sawdust. Red cedar contains toxic phenols for chinchillas and should never be used. You should change the litter as often as possible.
The chinchilla’s digestive system is delicate, so it’s best to stick to one brand of pellet feed designed specifically for them. Chinchilla also needs hay daily, and it should be dust free. From time to time, you can also give them Timothy or grapes.
Hang your chinchilla on one side of the cage with wooden boards from which she can jump. & nbsp; Remember that a chinchilla is a nocturnal animal that does most of its affairs at night.