Chinchillas are the mammals, which are quiet and clean. It has no odour and it looks quite attractive. This mammal is very shy. The adults and the older children use the chinchillas as their pet. The lifetime of the chinchillas will be more than 10-20 years. The chinchillas are noisier. Moreover, they will be very active at night than day. Therefore, you can get a disturbed sleep at night. Chinchillas are a very clean mammal. A chinchilla is more expensive to take care as a pet in home. A chinchillas will take a bathing dust. It will make the fur of the mammal very soft. Chinchillas are not a perfect pet for small children. If chinchillas are threatened, it may bite. So it is not recommended for the pet of kids.
Caging for Chinchillas
A wire mesh cage has to be made up of ¾” * ¾” of 16 gauge galvanized steel mesh. The size of the cage to house two chinchillas is 36” wide * 24” height * 18” deep or 24” wide * 36” high * 18”deep. The cage should be kept in sunlight. The urine has to be collected in a bottom made of newspaper or wood under the tray. The weight of the cage should be heavy enough so that the chinchillas will not tip over the bowl. Therefore, a food container or a solid material has to be attaching in the cage. Use water bottle method to give water to the chinchillas so that it will be easy for you to note the amount of water whether a chinchilla had drunk.
Feeding for Chinchillas
Pellets are a rounded small like food for chinchillas. It is the best feed for your chinchillas to make it healthy. Chinchillas are more selective about what it eats. Chinchillas throw some of the food pellets in the floor. To check the ever-growing teeth in chinchillas the minerals and the cuttlebone is very much important. It also improves the health of the chinchillas. It is a best calcium intake of the mammal. The food which contain high content of sugar and fat that are should not be given go the chinchillas. Every day the foods with this content have not given.
The chinchillas like to be happier in the lower temperature. The temperature should not exceed more than 22-25 degrees. The chinchillas have to be kept cool. There are some of the steps to make chinchillas cool.
- The terracotta tiles have to be kept on the freezer all over the night and the next day it has to be place on the cage. The chillness will last in the tiles more than few hours.
- Another good cooler is a marble known as chin-chillers. The marbles have to be kept in the cage.
- Otherwise, place the icebox coolers above the cage.
- The container can also be in an inside cage. This will remain chinchilla in a lower temperature.
The chinchillas can also be running in the room in the evening if you do not care about some of your furniture. The detergent and toxic solutions have to be kept out of chinchillas. Chinchillas do not like any changes. A chinchilla can squeeze even in a small gap. The pet have to be handled very carefully.