Helpful Information about Pet Chinchillas

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					The Chinchilla is a sweet pet and falls under the mammal family and, also, rodents.
The family of chinchillas is known as Chinchillidae. They are similar to rabbits in size
and measure about 12 inches or 30 cm in height and weigh about 1.3 to 4 pounds. The
female chinchilla are generally bigger in size than the males. If they are kept as pets
they will live from 10 to 20 years and in wild environment they will just live up to 15
years of age, at the most.
 Temperament of Chinchillas:
 As the chinchillas are nocturnal animals they spend most of their days napping and
sleeping. In case there is an interesting thing taking place, then these pets can be
really active even during the day. As they sleep in the day you must protect them from
disturbances and noise. The excellent time to be playful with them is during the
evening. It might be possible that they may be in a mood to play with you in the late
afternoon. They are, surely, mischievous and intelligent in nature.
 These pets have social behavior requiring the owner to give them utmost attention
and affection. When you initially purchase your chin, your pet will, probably, be timid
and shy. Thus, you will have to spend high quality time with your pet. You can not
interpret their behavior. Once you have been successful in getting their trust, the
chinchillas will definitely hop up on your shoulders, and hands. Always give them
something to chew on in order to keep their teeth filed down. The only aim is to keep
them busy. Therefore, you can place new, and clean cardboard in the cages. Make use
of your both hands to hold them by giving support from the back of their legs with
one hand and support from other hand to the back of front legs.
 Chinchillas love consistency in their life, thus, they will not appreciate being moved
or altering their place of residence. They are intelligent and have long memories. This
means that if they have been frightened by someone, they will remember the person
forever. While training them you can reward them with a treat and they will tend to
behave in the same manner. Moreover, they may bite you if you threaten them. As
these pets do not like to be cuddled too much, they may not prove to be good pets for
 Health Issues:
 The chinchilla is highly prone to overgrown and uneven teeth, seizures, heat stroke,
constipation, diarrhea, fungal infections, spurs and fur biting. Thus, it is on your part
to take them to veterinarians for regular check ups.
 Cleaning of the chinchilla cages:
 You must clean the cage tray at least once a week. If you have two or more chins in
one cage then you will have to clean the tray more often. You can make use of
newspaper and wood shavings in place of pull out trays. Keep the chins in another
place while you are cleaning their cage. In order to absorb the odor of their urine, you
can sprinkle baking soda, lightly, through the cage.
 Legacy Cages offers a wide variety of chinchilla cages in various sizes. Other pets
cages are available, as well.

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