Chinchillas as Pets

If you would like a furry friend, but dogs and cats don’t fit your lifestyle, look into adopting a pet chinchilla!

If you aren’t quite sure what exactly a chinchilla is, you’re probably not alone. It’s a furry little rodent that weighs about one to one and a half pounds. It is most noticeably different from other rodents by its large ears. These animals also have really soft and plush coats of fur. They are typically a grayish color but can also be white, tan or black. This breed is also known for its longevity, as it can live for up to 20 years!

While not recommended for younger children, a chinchilla as a pet can be great for young adults. Though these furry critters are social animals, they need to be handled carefully to avoid injuries.

Chinchillas also require a cage that they can’t chew through. The recommended cage size is 16” x 20” x 16”. In the cage, you should place pelleted paper or shredded paper for bedding material. To keep your new pet entertained, consider buying plastic tunnels for him to run around in. Other toys he might like are exercise wheels and chew toys. Chinchilla toys don’t have to be expensive. They even like cardboard rolls leftover from toilet paper or paper towels!

When it comes to food, chinchillas eat pellet food, which you can find at your local pet store. For special treats, try dried fruits, nuts, and seeds and standard pet treats. Another great treat for a chinchilla is a salt block, which doubles as a mineral supplement.

Before you commit to adopting one of these furry critters, talk to your veterinarian to learn everything you need to know about these rather exotic pets.

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