Important Tips for Being Healthy and Playful

Chinchillas are cute pets, amazingly friendly and very inquisitive. They will be happy with their cage in almost any room of the house but being a playful nocturnal animal they will stay active most of the night so sleeping area, especially children’s bedroom, may not be the ideal place. ۔

Once you find a good place for your playfuls to live (and remember that they like a big cage so they will need more space than small animals like hamsters), you will have good health. And what other points do you need to know to be happy?

Chinchillas are very sociable creatures and because of this they grow well in pairs. That said, if you find two different sexes that become reproductive pairs, you should expect several liters of baby chinchilla a year. If you don’t have a place for a growing population of chinchillas or a place to keep babies when they are growing up, look for two chinchillas to have the same sex.

Because their teeth are always growing, chinchillas chew on almost everything they come in contact with to keep their teeth in good condition. This means that you have to make sure that everything in their cage is safe for them to digest and that the items outside the cage are out of reach. It is not uncommon for them to grab a playful curtain or envelope and pull it into a cage where they move forward to tear it to pieces. Since they need to be chewed, add items such as tree branches (apples are ideal) or untreated wooden shelves. The half-concrete building at the bottom of the cage, the bridge block, will give the chinchilla a different level for some cracking and seating. Don’t be surprised if it gets faster and the corners get dusted!

Chinchillas love to exercise and will enjoy the opportunity to look outside their cage under careful supervision. Remember to close the windows and doors of the room in which you will let them out, and stop any small holes from which they can explore and escape. They will also take the opportunity to chew on items that include skirting boards, electrical cables and loose wallpaper. This can be reduced with some close monitoring and protection of vulnerable areas. Alternatively, a ladder can provide a relatively safe place to run around your chinchilla (and up and down) as they will spend most of their time wandering outside their cage, with less distraction.

Your pet chinchilla should provide you with years of fun, enjoyment and companionship and will thank you for following these little tips.

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