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Your Pet Chinchilla

Updated on November 26, 2017

Your chinchilla is not like any other rodent.

Chinchillas are a unique rodent. Not many people like to hold rodents, a chinchilla will change the way you look at rodents. It looks like a mix between and rabbit and a squirrel. Their fur is very soft and clean. Chinchillas can live for many years, some have been kept for up to 20 years. Chinchillas are very active, they run and jump most of the day. They love to roll around in their dust bowls. If you hold a chinchilla and show it some love, he will calm down and love you back.

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Best Chinchilla food

Chinchillas are very easy to feed. But you must be careful to not just throw anything into their bowl. They require a high fiber diet. Acidy foods are not good on their delicate stomach. The main food source for your chinchilla is going to be pellets. The pellets can be bought at your local pet store or online. Chinchillas love treats such as seeds and dried fruits. Keep hay in the habitat for something to nibble on throughout the day. Chinchillas will start eating the cage if they do not have something tasty to keep them occupied. Below is a list of the most popular food brands for chinchillas.

OXBOW is a popular brand that has been creating chinchilla food for many years. We use this brand primarily now to feed Gus. Every chinchilla will have their own tastes for food and snacks. Try small portions of several types of foods to see what works best.

Kaytee Timothy Complete Chinchilla Food is another great option. Kaytee has several options, this one is the best pure pellet option.

The best food for your chinchilla is going to be pellets. It is not recommended to by the pre-mixed foods that have treats in them. Your chinchilla will most likely eat the treats first, resulting in a lack of essential nutrients. Treats can be added after the pellets are eaten.

Chinchilla Care

chinchillas are fairly easy to care for once you have everything they need. First you will need a cage. There are several types of cages on the market, I prefer the wire cages with plastic bottoms. These seem to be the easiest to clean and are usually light weight and easy to move around.

You want to have a cage large enough for your chinchilla to run around and exercise. A cage two feet by one and half foot is the smallest I would suggest. These animals like to move around and hop onto things.

You will need a dust bath. They are usually a standard size when you purchase them. This is simply a place for your chinchilla to roll around in dust to maintain his pelt. I don't see any advantages to the wood or plastic dust baths.

Toys are something you want to provide for chewing. Your chinchilla needs these toys to wear down his teeth. Gus, our chinchilla likes to chew the bottom of our wooden chairs in the kitchen when we let him run around the house. He has plenty of toys but those chairs stop him every time.

Along with regular foods and snacks you may want to provide your chinchilla with a vitamin C supplement. This comes in blocks or liquid you can add to the water bottle.

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