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Caring For Your Pet Chinchilla

Use these tips to care for your pet chinchilla with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Chinchillas are loving and social creatures, perfect for the right home. It’s recommended to adopt or buy at least two chinchillas together. Otherwise they can get lonely quickly and become lethargic and depressed. If you’re thinking about adding a chinchilla to your family, you’ll need to know the basics of caring for your new pet. Use these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet to get started.

Caring for Your Pet Chinchilla
Chinchillas can make great pets with the proper care. Learn about caring for your pet chinchilla with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Feeding Your Chinchilla

Timothy hay and quality chinchilla pellets are the main part of a chinchilla’s diet. Small amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables can be worked in, not exceeding 10% of their diet.  Their water should be changed daily. Water should be filtered and chlorine-free.

Housing

Although they’re small in size, chinchillas actually need bigger cages than your average small pet. This is especially true if you have more than one chinchilla in a cage (which is recommended). They need at least 2 square feet of floor space per animal. Chinchillas are active and like to jump around in their cage. Having a cage with multiple stories is ideal. Bedding should be changed and cages should be cleaned regularly.

Grooming

Teeth – Like any other rodent, a chinchilla’s teeth are always growing. They need something to chew on to keep their teeth under control. Chew toys such as stick balls and rice pops work well.

Fur – This is where chinchillas are truly unique. In the wild, chinchillas use fine sand to clean their fur. At least twice a week your chinchilla will need a dust bath. You need to use dust specifically made for chinchillas – not any ordinary sand. The dust is fine and soft enough to clean the fur, whereas regular sand will damage their skin and fur.  To give your chinchilla a dust bath, fill a large container with about 2 inches of dust. Set the container in the chinchilla cage and let them “bathe” for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove any waste from the dust once your chinchilla is done.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that pets of all shapes and sizes can make the perfect addition to your family. That’s why we carry everything you need to care for your furry family members, big and small. Visit our Pet Care blog for more tips on small animals, dogs, cats and more.

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