Posts Tagged Chinchilla Care

Toys for Chinchillas

It is not necessary to have toys in the cage of Chinchilla, however if you want to place toys in it, you need to ensure that they are safe to use.

When buying wheels for Chinchillas, make sure that they are large enough so that your pet Chinchilla does not have to run in an unnatural way. They should have a smooth running surface and should not have crossbars. It is better to closely watch your pet that uses wheels because they may become fixated and have difficulty in maintaining their body weight.

When selecting toys for your pet, you need to ensure that they are made with safe woods and other materials that are not harmful when ingested. Also, since Chinchillas overheat easily, therefore avoid putting them in the plastic balls used for hamsters.

Chinchillas like to hide, and if you give them some hiding places in their cage, they will love it. For this purpose, you can use a large coffee can or a small glass goldfish tank. Also, you can build small wooden houses for them.

Many owners give their pet Chinchillas some time to spend outside their cage. These animals are very inquisitive and feel the need to investigate everything, such as chair legs and electrical wires. Therefore, it is important to allow your Chinchilla to run loose in a limited area that has been cleared of electric cords and other harmful things.

Always keep an eye on them and remember that over exercise can result in lose body weight, inhibiting breeding.


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Handling a Chinchilla

Since your chinchilla is a very little animal that is easily scared, you need to be very careful in handling him. If he has been scared before opening his cage, he may dash from corner to corner. It is best to gradually reach into the cage with one hand and follow him around until you securely grab the tail near the base. Picking up a chinchilla from a tail is the most acceptable and the proper way.

Once you grab his tail, place your other hand under his body, especially his strong hind legs, and take him out of the cage in an upside-down position. While doing this, you need to be very careful and ensure that you do not lose him. This is important because he is very sturdy and can make a huge jump. A sudden fall can result in a broken bone or internal injury.

On the other hand, if your chinchilla is calm and has not been formerly scared, you can reach into the cage and pick him up easily by using both of your hands in a scooping motion. Your pet will be easier to handle once he gets used to being handled more.

It is strongly forbidden to grasp your chinchilla by his back or his neck as this may cause injury and fur loss. Moreover, avoid squeezing him around his ribs as they have a floating rib cage, and squeezing can cause internal injuries.

Chinchillas rarely bite, especially if they are frightened or overly excited. Occasionally, their bites of inquisitiveness may become severe than you expect. If his bite breaks the skin, rinse it and care for it like you would normally care for a scrape.

Like any other animal, it is best to keep chinchillas in places where there are no loud noises in the surroundings. You may play a soft music in order to help neutralize most noises and to create an ideal, uniform environment for your pet chinchillas.

If at any time you are having trouble in catching your chinchilla, use a fish net or live trap to catch him. When your chinchilla is hidden some where and you are unable to find him, it is best to look in the darkest, most remote corner, as he will most likely be there.

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