Chinchilla Dust Bath
Chinchillas have very dense fine fur that requires special care to keep them healthy. In order to keep them healthy and their coat free from mats and excess oil they require regular dust baths. A dust bath is a glass or hard plastic bowl that is large enough for the chinchilla to comfortably fit in and spin around. The dust is a very fine powder that is a volcanic dust mined throughout the states. You can pick up the dust and a bath at most local pet stores or online. You can also use a gallon glass jar for the bath.
They should be allowed to take a dust bath at least once a week, or more often if you are in a humid area. They should be given the bath on or about the same time as they are creatures of habit and a regular schedule is best for their health. When giving the bath put about 1/4 to 1/2 pound of dust in the bath or bowl and allow them to spin in it for a half hour to an hour. It should not be left in the cage permanently as they can develop eye problems.
Chinchillas enjoy taking thier dust baths and it is very entertaining to watch them spin around in the bath.
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