Are you worried about your chinchilla’s coarse fur? Do you often see it trying to rub or scratch itself? Well, it’s a hint that your critter pet chinchilla needs proper grooming!
You see, chinchillas can self-groom just fine. But sometimes due to negligence, dirt, and grease get stuck in chinchilla furs. This takes a toll on the luxurious coat of the animal as well as makes it uncomfortable.
To avoid this, you can rely on these grooming tips discussed in the article. To understand all about chinchilla grooming, its requirements, and some helpful tips, stay tuned with us till the end!
Chinchilla Grooming- Why is it so important?
Like many animals such as cats, Chinchillas too can engage in self-grooming. But in the long run, if you have a pet chinchilla it is not advisable to let it only self-groom. Of course, they try to keep themselves clean, but it is also your responsibility to clean them further.
The reasons why chinchillas need grooming from you are:
- Self-grooming makes them feel better and removes the dirt on their fur. But proper grooming by pet owners can remove dirt and dander from deeper layers beneath their body fur.
- Grooming also clears out tangles and matted fur on the chinchilla’s body.
- Sometimes self-grooming is not enough for clearing out weak furs. So grooming from the owner can also result in the necessary shedding of furs from the chinchilla’s body. The removal of weak or dead furs is necessary because dead furs have a tendency of blocking pores which prevents proper temperature regulation for Chinchillas.
- And last but not the least, grooming and brushing chinchilla fur might give a soothing sensation to the chinchilla and also in some cases help in uplifting their moods!
Problems With Chinchilla Fur
In addition to the above-mentioned reasons, there are some problems with chinchilla fur that can crop up. Problems like excessive shedding, greasy and matted fur, bald spots, rough coat, and easily breakable fur are just some of them.
Now even if all these cannot be prevented by only proper grooming and brushing, it is while grooming that you might come across these problems and thus earlier diagnosis and thereby treatments are easier.
Chinchilla Grooming: A Step-by-Step Guide
The most important step in grooming your chinchilla is to give it a proper dust bath above all. Dust as in there is special chinchilla dust. Get some for your Critter as well. While giving it a dust bath, avoid using water.
- Just pour the dust into a ‘dust house’ and place it inside the chinchilla’s cage.
- The chinchilla will roll around, twist around and play in that dust and bathe itself.
- The dust acts as a sort of sprinkle soap that helps to get rid of the stubborn dirt accumulated on the fur and skin.
- While purchasing the chinchilla dust ensure that the dust is fine and does not have any granular particles.
- This dust bath should be given twice or thrice a week.
- And also make sure to dispose of the used dust every time and replace it with a fresh handful for the next time.
Whenever you intend to groom your chinchilla, ensure that you hold it tight. The reason is, that many of them do like being handled much and you trying to groom them is the epitome of excessive handling. So throughout the grooming process, it might constantly groan and grunt and try to escape.
You can either hold it by the rear end or by its scruff and start the brushing.
While bathing or brushing the chinchilla if you come across matted hair, then first detangle the clog. But if it is too much then use scissors to cut off some hair.
Remember while using the scissors to run them gently under the mat and smoothly over the skin and cut slowly with even movements. This will help in detangling and make it easier to groom.
Sometimes what happens is with the constant brushing of their fur, the chinchillas tend to relax and might fall asleep. So before starting to brush them, lay a blanket on the floor or your lap. So as you groom the chinchilla ensure they have a proper soft place to relax.
Apart from brushing and cleaning the fur of the chinchillas sometimes, trimming the toenails is also needed. Some uneven growth in the nails can make them sharp leading to the chinchillas hurting themselves during self-groom sessions.
To ensure proper and comfortable grooming of your chinchillas remember these brushing tips:
- The comb used for brushing should be long-toothed and have broader gaps.
- The brushing should be done in short and gentle strokes, especially while running over the mats and tangles.
Now that we have discussed the dos of chinchilla grooming, we would like to remind you of certain don’ts. The thing is your chinchillas are relatively delicate creatures. You must never brush them roughly.
Since these critters are hard to handle they might get too excited and bite or nick your fingers. So while grooming, keep your fingers away from their mouths.
While grooming if you do notice the fur problems persisting for a longer span, it hints towards a certain deficiency of food. In that case, we suggest consulting a pet veterinarian.
Till then, keep grooming the pet cutenesses to your best!