Interesting Facts about the
Before you take on a pet chinchilla, you should do your
homework first and find out as much as you can about this exotic animal.
One of these basic facts is that the chinchilla
is a nocturnal animal. This means that the animal is awake during the night and asleep during
If you are a morning person and do not mind being woken up by sounds during the
night, the chinchilla may be an okay pet for you.
But if you are easily disturbed by noises in the night and would rather enjoy your
sleep, then you might want to think twice about owning a pet chinchilla.
Chinchilla facts: Hyperactive Pets
The chinchilla is also
known to be a hyperactive animal. This means that they like to run around and to keep busy
when they are awake.
If you plan on having a pet chinchilla for yourself, make sure that you have enough space for the animal to roam in. You can get a large cage, or
sometimes, other chinchilla owners even set up a special space or room in the house just for their pet
Because of the hyperactive nature of this animal, you should also
make sure that there are enough things to keep them busy. Chew toys are a good way to keep them from getting
bored, but make sure that you use only wooden toys and not those made of plastic as the latter
could harm their internal organs.
Chinchillas and Exercise
More than toys, a chinchilla also needs its regular daily dose of
It is recommended that the chinchilla be brought out of its cage and exposed to an
outdoor environment for at least thirty minutes every day. This not only gives the animal a larger space to roam
around in, but it also helps it get the feel of the natural surroundings which could help it live a healthier
Heat and Humidity
Another thing that you should be mindful of if you wish to take care of a pet
chinchilla is the level of heat and humidity in the home.
The chinchilla has the thickest fur among all land animals, making it very sensitive
to high levels of heat and humidity. If you want to take care of a pet chinchilla, make sure that you have a
controlled environment where the temperature does not go higher than 70 degrees, and the humidity does not exceed
80 per cent.
Chinchilla Life Span
A chinchilla that is taken into domestic care normally lives for around fifteen to
This life span is relatively long, but of course, the proper care is needed for the
chinchilla to reach this number of years. If you are looking for a pet who will live in this span of time and if
you are willing to take on the commitment, then the chinchilla could be the pet for you.
Chinchilla facts: What Chinchillas
As a responsible chinchilla owner, you should of course make sure that you feed your
pet with the right kinds of food.
The chinchilla is quite a sensitive animal, and the wrong foods can cause harm and
even an untimely death for this adorable creature.
The best diet for chinchillas is loose
They can also have dried fruits, but only in moderation and in
small quantities. Green plants are not a good idea for what to feed your chinchilla. Their digestive organs may not
be able to process it properly and may thus cause damage and harm to your pet. Similarly, fresh vegetables are not
good for the chinchilla as these can cause the stomach to expand, thus causing a
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