Chinchillas are part of the rodent family together with rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, porcupines, and other animals that have a growing incisor and no canine teeth. After reading about them, most of people cannot decide which one to buy for home. Chinchillas are actually clean, quiet, and odorless. They are also one of the attractive rodents that are usually bred and farmed because of their soft dense fur. Thinking about buying chinchillas? Here are a few things to be minded of before having one.
Chinchillas live long
Having chinchilla as a pet requires a serious commitment. According to Animal Diversity Web, they are likely to live up to 15 to 20 years. Hence in those years, they do require some special attention, patience, and love which can be kind of tiring but is totally worth it.
Buy only on reputable seller
Chinchillas are actually endangered and so, it is illegal to catch them on wild. Research and find the most reputable seller or chinchilla breeder that you will come across before buying one. Though some pet stores sell chinchillas, there are researches claiming that chinchillas from a pet store have a lowered immune system especially if the shop does not give the utmost care for the pet. Buying on chinchilla breeders also has another pro. They can give you the exact care your chinchilla needs and they can tell you about their personalities so they can match it with what you want whether be it calm or energetic.
Special Note: If you’re buying chinchilla, according to veterinarian Adam Denish, you should check if there are patches of missing fur, their eyes should not have any red color or drainage and they should be diarrhea-free.
Its fur requires special attention
I already told that they are famous because of their soft and dense fur. This actually helps them maintain the temperature of their body at high elevations so you should consider them placing on the coolest part of your house which should be above 25-degree Celsius.
Pet stores sell chinchilla bathhouses and it’s a must for an owner to have it. They should not be bathed in water because they groom themselves using dust baths. Their bathhouses should be filled with dust available at some pet stores and should be cleaned every 2-3 weeks.
They are energetic
The average enclosure needs for a chinchilla is said to be 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet according to Vet Street since they love to run around. There should also be a PVC section where they can hide if they feel unsecure and threatened. PetMD suggests several materials that can make up their cage such as plastic-bottomed cage, paper-based products, and make sure not to use anything made of zinc for it can be toxic for them.
It takes time to tame them
Young age chinchillas are the best because older ones which have not handled much might not be totally interested in being held. Though it really depends on their personality since some young ones also do not want to get handled every time. Make sure to gain their trust and be patient along the process.
Having a chinchilla might be a big responsibility but it is very rewarding. If you are planning to buy one, make sure that you will be a responsible parent for your chinchilla and give them the proper care and attention they need.