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How to Care for a Chinchilla

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How to Care for a Chinchilla

Chinchillas are adorable and very, very soft pets that need a lot of specified care. If you receive a chinchilla baby, they will grow to be very domesticated in nature. While they make great pets, they are also small and fragile so you need to be very gentle and careful with them. Read on to find out how to care for a chinchilla.

Equipment

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Chinchillas need a cage that is chew-proof. You should get a large cage so your chinchilla has room to sleep, play, and jump around in it.  They will also need a water bottle, food bowl, and a rack. Chinchillas are very, very clean animals, so the cage will need to be cleaned very often and consistently. The water bottle and food bowl will also need to be scrubbed regularly to prevent any growth from forming. Don't forget to make sure everything is dry after you clean it and before putting the items back into the cage!

Toys

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Give your chinchilla different sorts of toys for playing, hiding and sleeping. They are very curious animals and love exploring new items in their cage. A large exercise wheel will also be a good toy for exercise; think a hamster wheel but much bigger and more suited to a fluffy chinchilla. Non-toxic and safe-for-chinchilla toys can be scattered in the cage to keep your chinchilla from getting bored as well.

Food & Treats

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You can buy pellet food for chinchillas at a local pet store. Hay or alfalfa hay are great options for your chinchilla as well. You can also give him treats such as seeds and nuts. Your pet will also need some additional supplements; you can inquire with your vet to find out which ones would be best for your pet. Like all other pets, your chinchilla should always have fresh and clean water.

Chinchilla and Kids

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Chinchillas can live up to two decades so they can be fantastic companions. Try not to let young children near them because they might get over-excited and frighten the chinchilla. This may result in unfavorable consequences such as the chinchilla biting the child out of fear or losing fur.

As long as the child isn't too near to the chinchilla, it is fine for him to look at the animal. These creatures need a lot of attention and can get very attached to you. If you don't have time to spend with your chinchilla, try getting some chinchilla companions so they can play, interact and keep busy.

Illnesses

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A chinchilla can live a long healthy life as long as he stays healthy and happy. It's important for a pet owner to make sure that the chinchilla is well cared for at all times of its life. Some common problems that you should watch out for include a poor coat, not eating or drinking, stomach issues, warm ears, breathing problems, or an overall lack of energy. Make sure to go to the vet as soon as you can if you see any of these problems, even if you aren't sure if it is a serious problem.

Chinchillas are smart and loving animals. They are active, vocal, and entertaining to play with. Chinchillas can be trained too, so get some nuts as treats for a reward when you add this pet to your new animal family. 

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