Chinchillas are energetic, acrobatic pets that can fit into a variety of life styles and home situations
Small, furry pets can make wonderful companions for both children and adults, and chinchillas are no different. However, it’s best to be to make sure that chinchillas—affectionately called chins—are a good fit for you and your family before you take one home. Here, read more about the essentials of caring for chinchillas so you can be sure to give them all of the love and care they need to thrive.
Domesticated chinchillas can make good pets for adults and older children who understand these animals need to be handled gently. Chins are easily stressed if there is too much noise and activity around their living space. Most chins find it difficult to tolerate loud noises, so the noise level should be kept to a minimum as much as possible. This doesn't mean you have to keep your home as silent as a library, but do use common sense and avoid yelling, blasting the TV or radio, etc.
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Chinchillas can make wonderful pets for the right person, but before deciding on a pet chinchilla, familiarize yourself with their unique characteristics and all aspects of their care. Learn about chinchillas, how to care for them, and what supplies you need to provide a home for a chinchilla in this chinchilla care guide.Gabrielle
Gabrielle has grown up with cats, and big dogs in her home, and in her family. She loves all animals and gets to know each one she meets personally. She has experience caring for all kinds of pets, including fish, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and chinchillas. Gabrielle joined the Pet and Home Care Resort and pet sitting team in 2016. She is thrilled to be able to be able to utilize her love of animals to provide top quality care for our clients, treating all the pets like family members.All pets require food, water and various supplies. Chinchilla needs and costs are minimal as compared to cats and dogs and about on par with other rodents. The basics include a solid-bottom cage containing no plastic that's at least 4 feet high, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep; however, larger is preferable. Chinchillas need a 16-ounce or larger water bottle with a stainless steel ball bearing sipper tube, a ceramic or metal food dish, a pellets-only food mixture, a constant supply of hay, lots of aspen or paper-based bedding, a little house, a salt lick, an exercise wheel, dust bath and some toys. Chinchillas also need chew toys or other appropriate items to gnaw on to keep their teeth filed down. If you're willing and able to buy all of this and to replace it as needed for up to 20 years, chinchillas can make a good pet for your home. Don't forget, you'll have to pay for veterinary care sometimes over the years too.Kimberley
Kimberley has been a pet sitter with Pet and Home Care since 2016 and resident of Montgomery County for 40-plus years. In addition to multiple cats and dogs as pets, she has been lucky enough to own ferrets, rats, and a chinchilla. Friends have also entrusted her with the care of gerbils, boa constrictors, and iguanas. With a lengthy history in the medical field, she is also comfortable in administering medication and care of bandages. She’s looking forward to many years of sharing her love of animals with your pets!