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  • What do Chinchillas eat? It is best to stick with specific Chinchilla food found at the better, larger pet supply stores. The foods ...

    What do Chinchillas eat? It is best to stick with specific Chinchilla food found at the better, larger pet supply stores. The foods should contain whole kernel corn, oats, wheat, barley and sunflower seeds without excess fruits. Supplements of hay that are fresh must be free of dust and smell sweet. The best choice of hay includes alfalfa and pure dried grass. Read labels before purchasing and providing your Chinchilla its wholesome diet to guarantee it is fresh and contains the appropriate ingredients as listed above. Also be sure to provide an ample supply of bottled or filtered water. Do not feed your Chin too many treats or it can be life threatening.

     

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  • The Chinchilla is a mammal that is in the rodent family, and has a life expectancy of up to 20 years in captivity. Some have been known t...

    The Chinchilla is a mammal that is in the rodent family, and has a life expectancy of up to 20 years in captivity. Some have been known to live well over 20 years. 

     

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  • Besides their issues with their teeth that will keep growing without proper chewing toys, the Chinchilla has a couple of other health iss...

    Besides their issues with their teeth that will keep growing without proper chewing toys, the Chinchilla has a couple of other health issues to be aware of. Their teeth should not be white like other living beings or that may be a sign of a calcium deficiency.

    The male Chin may get a ring of hair growth around the penis that can cause a decrease in blood flow and other serious health issues. Check often for this “ring” that can be fatal to your little boy. Because of their thick fur, the Chin does not get fleas but is susceptible to fungus. It can be prevented by proper and frequent dust baths, along with avoiding high humidity.

    Soft stools can lead to serious to fatal health conditions. If the stool appears mushy, remove all food pellets and only provide hay and water for a few days until things seem to be back to normal. You can also provide a small square of shredded wheat or small piece of very dry, nearly-burnt toast. If the problem is not cleared up in a day or two, contact the Vet for testing. It may be an internal parasitic concern.

    The Chin cannot tolerate stress, which may affect its health. Care for your Chinchilla as required; let it sleep during the day since it is nocturnal, handle him with tender loving care but do not hold him for excessively long periods, and refrain from changing the environment often. 

  • Your Chin will require a large wire cage with a base that comes out for easy cleanup. The floor itself should not be wire. It can be unco...

    Your Chin will require a large wire cage with a base that comes out for easy cleanup. The floor itself should not be wire. It can be uncomfortable their feet. They will also need some shelves, preferably wooden, so that your pet cannot get a leg or limb caught, causing injury. However, the Chin does love climbing and jumping. The cage should have multiple levels, and should be kept out of drafts and direct sunlight. 

    You will need to provide a dust bath into the cage at least once or twice a week. You can purchase a special bath where you get the cage and other supplies, or improvise with a plastic bowl and Chinchilla sand. The only problem with that plan is to be sure you monitor your Chin so he does not start chewing on the bowl. The plastic can cause a blockage in the intestines if consumed. Leave the bath in the cage no longer than ten minutes each time or he will use it inappropriately. 

    The bath should be used to keep the fur healthy without mats and excess oils. Prolonged baths can cause excessive dust to get in the eyes and cause eye disease. 

     

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  • Chinchillas need to be entertained to keep them healthy and avoid boredom. They have the natural need and instinct to chew so it is neces...

    Chinchillas need to be entertained to keep them healthy and avoid boredom. They have the natural need and instinct to chew so it is necessary to supply appropriate chew items that will be safe and non-toxic. The chewing keeps their teeth short and healthy. The most suitable toys include boxes along with the empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Pet supply stores sell special toys and wood blocks that are safe for your Chinchilla’s pleasure. You can also gather your own softwood branches outdoors, such as those from an untreated pear or apple trees. You can alternate toys from week to week to keep your Chin stimulated as well as give you time to clean the old toys.

     

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