F.A.Q. - Owning a Chinchilla

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A cute, cuddly little creature that’s on the top of most “dream pet” lists is a chinchilla! While chinchillas will make for the perfect pet in any sized home, there are a series of questions about the care that comes along with these little rodents! If you’re curious as to whether or not a chinchilla would be a perfect fit in your life, here are a few things to consider first.

Would a chinchilla make for a good first pet?

Depending on the age of the future owner, chinchillas are quite enjoyable to have. It is recommended that this rodent would be better suited for teens to adults, since they do require a little bit more upkeep than a hamster or guinea pig. 

What’s the average life expectancy of a chinchilla?

These quiet little rodents can live approximately between 10 to 20 years, depending on the state of their health.

What do chinchillas eat and drink?

Chinchillas need to stay hydrated daily — and their “well” should never run dry; always make sure that they have a decent amount of water at all times. Now, in terms of food, chinchillas eat hay, grass, chinchilla food pellets, and dried fruit, to name a few items. If you’re not sure whether or not you can feed something to your chinchilla, it’s essential to consult with your veterinarian first.

What does a chinchilla’s “housing” situation consist of?

These cute creatures need a large cage to let them run and jump. Another thing to consider is to have various cage accessories to make sure that they’re entertained and satisfied. Some of those include, but are not limited to:

  • Chinchilla-safe pumice toys

  • Rope

  • Wooden “housing” for inside their cage

Do chinchillas really take powder baths?

Yes, indeed! Unlike other rodents, your chinchilla must never take an actual bath. The reason being is that their fur is extremely dense and if not thoroughly dried, your little buddy can get a nasty skin infection. When it comes to a “powder” bath (it’s actually chinchilla dust bathing material, which can be purchased at a pet store), it’s recommended that they take one at least three times a week!

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