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    How to Look After Chinchillas

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Chinchillas make wonderful pets but they are shy and easily frightened. Caring for chinchillas is a large commitment as they normally live between 8 to 10 years; they have been known to survive a massive 18 years. If you want to buy a chinchilla it is important to know how to look after it. This article should teach you how to go about looking after chinchillas.
     

     

     

    Caring for Chinchillas – Instructions


    • When you buy a chinchilla you must have it examined by a vet which specialises in small animals.

    • A chinchilla’s food is easy enough to manage as you can feed them commercially prepared pellets. You will need to change the type of food you feed the chinchilla depending on how old it is.

    • If you want to give your chinchilla a treat then you can feed it raisins and dried fruits. Treats must make up only 10% maximum of a chinchillas food intake.

    • You will need a large cage for your chinchilla so it can play and exercise. The cage should be at least 3 foot x 3foot.

    • You should try to get a cage with a solid floor rather than a pull out tray as it is easier on his legs.

    • You will need to be careful where you put the cage, there should be no drafts and it ought to be dry and cool. Putting the cage inside is best so that you can control the temperature.

    • To bathe your chinchilla you should give it a dust bath a few times per week. Never bathe your chinchilla in water.

    • If you are looking after chinchillas then you will need to know how to hold them properly. Support the body with one hand and grasp the base of the tail with the other. Make sure you are gentle and hold it close to your body because rough handling can lead to chinchilla hair loss.

    • Be wary that if chinchillas get scared or annoyed then they might urinate.

    • Make sure that you give your chinchilla things to do in its cage. Providing chew toys and wood blocks are usually chinchilla favourites.


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