Keeping Chinchillas As Pets
The chinchilla is a South American rodent, which has a long tail and rather large ears. Its soft, fluffy body and spirited personality make it a favorite pet choice for young and old alike. Because of their popularity, more people are choosing to purchase or adopt chinchillas as their family pet, but there are some things a family needs to know in order to keep their pet chinchilla healthy and happy.
Choosing A Healthy Chinchilla For Your Family
People are usually
immediately drawn to how furry and adorable chinchillas are. These
tiny creatures are cute, and it's hard to decide which one is the
best one to befriend as a pet.
Adopting a Chinchilla
As adorable as chinchillas are, they are not cheap. You can figure spending at least $150 for the animal, plus the expensive of food, cage and accessories. A cage should be roomy and secure and kept in a warm spot in your home. Chinchillas like staring out windows, so a window that doesn't receive direct sunlight is ideal. If you live in a particularly warm part of the country, you may need to purchase a Chin-chiller, which is a natural, flat stone that allows your pet to stretch and cool. Another essential for pet chinchillas is a dust bath, which will keep your little darling clean and shiny. Another must essential is a water bottle to keep your pet properly hydrated.
creature, chinchillas mostly sleep during the day and play at night;
although, they can be trained to stay awake during the day. If your
chinchilla does not take to daytime training, you may have to be
content to make sure there is food available during the day should
he wake and be hungry, and wait for nighttime playtime. Those
chinchillas that won't train to stay awake during daytime hours will
live on this schedule for years. Chinchillas are known to live 15
years or longer.
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