Welcome to the World of Chinchillas, where you can find guides on how to raise your pet chinchilla properly.
Chinchillas are sensitive rodents and they should be treated differently than most other pets. But, the more time you spent on these animals, they grow more into you.
As a proud parent of many chinchillas, my goal is to deliver all the necessary messages and important guidance on how to raise your chinchilla with great care. I hope that you will find our blogs helpful and wish the very best for you and your chinchilla!
General Information About Chinchillas
However, before everything else, it is good to know some basic knowledge about these cute fury animals.
Native to the longest continental mountain range of the world Andes, chinchillas are the lost cousins of guinea pigs and porcupines. Famous for their fur, the admiration of chinchillas just does not stop here.
These furry 9 to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters) long rodents are known to be extremely adorable. With their 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) long tails, they can weigh up to 1.1 to 1.8 lbs. (0.5 to 0.8 kilograms).
Chinchillas from the Northern hemisphere usually breed from November to May and the breeding session for the southern guys usually lasts from May to December. A female chinchilla adheres to her pregnancy period for about 111 days until it gives birth to another cute little kits (individual baby) or litter (group of babies). Chinchillas can give birth two times a year. These little babies should be carefully treated for six to eight weeks.
Although chinchillas are originally yellow-greyish, they can have colors like silver, yellow-gray, bluish-gray, white, beige, and black.
There are two kinds of chinchillas: one with a long tail and the other kind with a short tail. But, does one know what’s similar between them? Yes, you’ve got it right. They both are cute!
The average lifespan of chinchillas is 8-10 years when they are on their own in the wild. However, under one’s care, chinchillas can live up to 15-20 years.
If we talk about the diet of chinchillas, you’ll be surprised to know that they are omnivorous meaning they can be fed with both meat and plants. Although, including just a plant-based diet can be optimal for chinchillas. The cutest sight of their eating habit is when they grab the food with their paws and devour the food slowly.
Other Basic Habits
Although these chinchillas are known to be nocturnal and one may have to sacrifice one sleep a little bit to play with these guys. However, with or without sleep one can have sweet dreams with the pet chinchillas.
If one is thinking to have more than one chinchilla, it is recommended to put them in separate cages, as they are not very sympathetic to each other. Talking about their cage, it should be well-ventilated and should have solid ground. But, make sure to give them the best chinchilla cage they deserve. Take your time, and set up the cage properly.
However, chinchillas seem to enjoy wheels. Chinchillas are most comfortable in 60 to 70 F (16 to 21 C) temperatures. In order to lean them, a dust bath twice a week is recommended.
For more extensive guidance, hop into our blog posts where every detail about chinchillas has been pointed out greatly.
So, why are you still hesitant?
Chinchillas are intelligent and the kids should have great fun with them and we promise you will too.
So, whether you are a proud parent of these adorable rodents or thinking to adopt one, you can contact us for personalized guidance. So, happy chilling with your chinchillas!