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How do we look after a Chinchilla?

 

Q. My daughter would like a Chinchilla as a pet.  Could you tell me a little about them?  She says that it would be kinder to have several as they live in groups in the wild – do we need to have several?
A.   Chinchillas are rodents that originated in the high Andes mountains in South America.  They thrive best in cool, dry conditions and adapt to cooler environments by growing a thicker coat.  Care must be taken in the summer to avoid heat stroke. Wire cages are common but the flooring should be solid to avoid foot ulcers.  They enjoy climbing and jumping so the cage should be multi-layered.  It is true they are more comfortable in pairs or groups as this is how they exist in the wild.  A dust bath should be provided to keep their fur coat groomed – this can be left in for a couple of hours each day.   More information on Chinillas and their care can be found here.  Your vet will also be able to give you general healthcare advice.

 

chinchillaQ. My daughter would like a Chinchilla as a pet.  Could you tell me a little about them?  She says that it would be kinder to have several as they live in groups in the wild – do we need to have several?

A.   Chinchillas are rodents that originated in the high Andes mountains in South America.  They thrive best in cool, dry conditions and adapt to cooler environments by growing a thicker coat.  Care must be taken in the summer to avoid heat stroke. Wire cages are common but the flooring should be solid to avoid foot ulcers.  They enjoy climbing and jumping so the cage should be multi-layered.  

It is true they are more comfortable in pairs or groups as this is how they exist in the wild.  A dust bath should be provided to keep their fur coat groomed – this can be left in for a couple of hours each day.  

More information on Chinillas and their care can be found here.  Your vet will also be able to give you general healthcare advice.

 

 

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