Chinchillas are an amazing rodent
nearly forced into extinction
1. Inquisitive and gentle nature
3. Play in the evening and at night
4. Is from South America
5. Is social
6. Cages must be large and multilevel
7. Will live 15 to 22 years
1. Active, alert, social
2. Healthy fur
3. Clear eyes
4. Breathing is clear
5. Walks normally
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Your young chinchilla should be handled with care - it has fragile bones that
can be easily broken.
They are sensitive to temperature. Temperatures over 78 degrees can
cause a chin to quickly overheat and die.
Chins need plenty of roooooom with multi-levels. Never keep in a glass
aquarium. Wire cages with a solid bottom are best.
Never use cedar
(it can cause respiratory
Change the bedding once
a week. Chins do not smell.
If you smell something
their cage is not clean enough.
Use high quality chinchilla
pellets with Alfalfa and/or
Water is very important.
Do not use tap water.
You should use purified or
filtered water. RO is the best.
Treats should only be given 2-3 times a week. Some good treats are raisins,
craisins, oats and cheerios.
However your chin will be just as happy with chew toys and lots of them.
Sugarcane is great at keep teeth filed.
Chins must have a dust bath daily for 10-15
minutes (I do this at feeding time). Do not use
scented dust baths.
They must have exercise daily. Supervised play
time is great. I use large wheels in their cages.
NEVER-NEVER use one of those running balls
** they will overheat quickly and likely die.
Teeth should be a yellow-orange color.
The teeth never stop growing so they must
always have chew toys. Sugar cane is great
and they love it.
Safe wood apple, hazelnut, pine, pear, ash, willow, poplar, magnolia, elm
dogwood, beech arbutus, cottomwood, brabapple, hawthorn.
Not Safe wood any treated wood, any citrus wood (orange, lemon,
grapefruit, etc) cherry, plum, cedar, plywood, apricot, peach, prune, walnut, birch,
fir, sequoia and fresh pine
****I AM NOT A VET***
1. Skin lesions
3. Overgrown teeth
5. Eye or nasal discharge