Chinchilla Dust Bathing 101: What You Need to Know

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Fact: Chinchillas aren’t bathed like traditional animals! If you own one of these marvelous little creatures or are looking into purchasing one, then you’ll know that Chinchillas only take dust baths — but why is that? To start, Chinchillas have a really dense coat of fur that can’t be washed. Still perplexed? Let us explain:

Why Can’t my Chinchilla be Bathed?

When it comes to Chinchillas, these little creatures can’t be bathed like traditional fur-bearing animals, as mentioned earlier. The reason is that Chinchillas have particularly dense, complex fur. Although it possible that a Chinchilla could have an occasional splash of water on their coat, it does take quite some time for the fur to dry — even if it’s a small amount of water. If a Chinchilla did get bathed in water, it would then take a long period of time for the fur to fully dry. Wet fur could potentially lead to a bacterial infection on the Chinchilla’s skin, which could lead to a series of health problems. This is why it’s important to only give your little buddy dust baths and not traditional baths!

What Does a Dust Bath Entail?

Unlike soap and water, Chinchillas in the wild use natural volcanic dust to give themselves a bath! The dust acts as a cleaning agent, which removes damaging oil and dirt throughout the skin and fur of the Chinchilla — without the use of water. Although it would be a rarity to come across natural volcanic dust at your local pet store, it’s important to purchase certified Chinchilla Dust — which will act as a great substitute for the volcanic dust. Once you obtain this cleaning essential for your little buddy, it’s important to then provide your Chinchilla with a tiny bathhouse, which is usually reminiscent of a birdhouse for your Chinchilla. Once you have these two items, pour a generous (but not overwhelming) amount of the dust in the bathhouse and let your Chinchilla do the rest! Your little buddy will take a dust bath for approximately three minutes or longer, depending on how they feel! Once the bath is over, then your Chinchilla will be cleaner than ever!

Are you thinking of adding a Chinchilla to your family? Call our Mineola store to what Chinchillas we have available — and to stock up on pet supplies for your new pet, too!

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