Some Interesting & Essential Chinchilla Facts

Chinchilla Facts

Looking for Chinchilla facts? Here we will look at a few of the common and not so common things about these cute fluffy animals that are a kind of exotic pet, but not in the unusual rather than the tropical sense.

 

So let’s have a look at what chinchillas are and how they live in their natural wild habitat. Then you can answer the question of whether you might actually like to own a chinchilla as a pet.

 

Also, how to care for a chinchilla? What size chinchilla cage to buy? And what accessories like chinchilla wheels you need to keep your pet chinchilla fit and healthy.

 

7 Chinchilla Facts

 

1. There are two living species of chinchilla, although it is believed that all the domesticated chinchillas stem from one of those species.

2. Both chinchilla species are critically endangered because of the fur trade, which dates back to the 16th century and requires up to 150 pelts for one coat alone.

3. Chinchillas can jump up to 6 ft.

4. In the wild they live in rock crevices or burrows.

5. In the wild they eat plant leaves, fruits, seed and small insects.

6. They live in social groups as a herd.

7. They have a pregnancy that can take up to 111 days, resulting in chinchillas being born with full fur and eyes open.

 

Top 5 Chinchilla Care Facts

 
1. Chinchillas require a lot of exercise, so you will want to make sure they have a large cage that they can freely run and jump around in, and consider buying some exercise accessories. You may also want to let them come out of the cage for at least 30 minutes each day.

2. Their teeth constantly grow and need to be grinded down, otherwise they will become unable to eat. You can get them things like a pumice stone, chewing toys and wooden sticks to help with this.

3. Chinchillas lack the ability to sweat, so it is important to keep them at a temperature under 25 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent them overheating. When they are hot they route their blood to their ears in an attempt to dissipate the heat. So if you notice their ears going red, you need to reduce the temperature in the room.

4. Chinchillas need to bathe a few times a week. They do not do this in water, they do this by rolling around in special dust made of fine pumice, this is usually marketed as chinchilla dust or alternatively chinchilla sand. The chinchilla dust will usually be placed inside a dust bath. The dust helps absorb the oil and the dirt that has got into their fur.

5. Chinchillas only need be fed high quality pellets and some loose timothy hay to meet their dietary needs. They can’t process fatty or high protein foods very well, so only feed “chinchilla treats” very sparingly once in a while.

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Chinchilla Care – How To Care For A Chinchilla

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Chinchilla care, like with any pet is something that should be taken seriously if you want to give your pet a long, healthy and happy life. (And if you don’t, I don’t know what you are doing here!)

There are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to caring for a chinchilla, and some may not be that obvious, especially in comparison for caring for other pets, so you should find these tips very useful.

Chinchillas as pets are great. Now let’s look at where to house a chinchilla to how to clean your pet in a chinchilla bath, to feeding your pet quality chinchilla food, to keeping your rodent exercised and healthy.

Chinchilla Food – What To Feed A Chinchilla

 

Chinchilla Food is not difficult to buy. If your local pet shop does not have it then there are many online pet stores that do.

Lucky for your pet, you can also buy food that is fortified with vitamins and minerals that are essential to a chinchillas well-being. Omega-3 also helps to boost your pets heart, visual functions and brain.

Products by Oxbow are great for chinchillas. You can find a number of Oxbow chinchilla fortified food products. Alafafa hay is also a favorite and is essential to help you pet maintain intestinal health and to also avoid upsetting its digestive system.

Chinchilla Cages

What Chinchilla Cage Size To Buy?

Chinchilla Cages

 

Chinchilla Cages can be a bit of a controversial topic only in that many cages are not labelled specifically as chinchilla cages, but after the more common types of pets.

Size is one of the most important factors when it comes to a chinchilla cage. Chins like to run around, jump and climb, therefore good chinchilla care means a large chinchilla cage. So you will not be looking for cages for small rodents, but larger cages for ferrets so your pet can run around and climb about as much as it likes. Chinchilla cages by Midwest are quite popular, such as the Critter Nation cage in the photo.

Also important is that the cage is sturdy and built from metal. Cheaper cages can feature plastic elements that are not only harder to clean buy potentially fatal if it contains edges that will allow your chinchilla to gnaw away at. Also to be avoided are cages that are painted for the same reason of your chinchilla being able to gnaw away at it and ingest it.

Chinchilla Care

Chinchilla Bath

How To Clean A Chinchilla?

 

A chinchilla bath is a specially made unit that you put special chinchilla dust or chinchilla sand inside, You then allow your chinchilla to go inside and clean itself. This is the only way you should clean your pet.

YOU MUST NOT wet your chinchilla to clean its fur. Chinchillas need their fur to keep their body at the right temperature. Wetting its fur can lead to a rapid collapse in body heat and this can be fatal. Likewise, you will want to keep your chinchilla in a well ventilated area not subject to sharp temperature fluctuations to avoid your pet overheating or on the other extreme getting too cold.

So how does a chinchilla bath work? Simple, you place it in the cage with some special chinchilla dust or chinchilla sand inside and let your pet go in there and roll itself around to get clean. You will want to remove the bath after use so that it does not overuse it, and especially so if the bath is also made from plastic, so your pet doesn’t try to eat its bath.

My Best Friend is a Pet

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Pets are Family

With the exception of the time going to school and living in apartments, pets have always been a part of my life. It may sound pathetic to someone who is not really into pets, and cannot understand the companionship and comfort a pet can give to their human family. Next to my immediate family, being my husband and daughter, my best friend is a pet.

A pet will never leave you, though there are some exceptions. A pet will never hurt your feelings. A pet will not be your friend only for the moment, a so-called friend, fair weather friend, or someone who uses that word loosely. A pet will give you unconditional love and be your companion as long as you allow them to be.

Benefits of Having a Pet

Wonderful Companions

best friend is pet

A dog, cat and other furry pets take the stress out of a person’s life. Dogs are part of therapeutic treatment in nursing homes and other health centers. A dog or cat makes wonderful companions to a person who lives alone.

An aquarium of fish and other related aquarium animals as pets give a certain tranquil feeling of relaxation for a person from their stressful day.

Owning a pet gives us so much joy. Nevertheless, keep in mind that just like your own family, there is responsibility. A pet needs to be taken care of; as you would your own human family and shown, some love. They require attention, change of water (for fish), drinking water, food, bathing, training, health care, exercise and the list goes on. An animal living in your home is not there just for your enjoyment. I know people who have discarded their pet because they were not fun anymore; too much work to take care of, or sheds too much. Be responsible!

For me it would be a lonely environment without an animal in our household.

Family Pet Types

Animals from My Childhood to Adulthood

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Just like the poster, dogs, cats and birds have been part of my family. Though we never had a tiger.

As a child, I had a fascination of the transformation process of animals. I would collect pollywogs from the pond behind the school and watch them turn into frogs. I also went back to the earlier stages with frog eggs and watched how they went through their stages of growth. Caterpillars were pets of mine, another educational observation of watching them transform into butterflies.

My mother was not fond of these two types of pets. The day that I let a large number of caterpillars (maybe 50) out to play on my bed, was a particular heart stopping, squeamish, get those out of this house day. Well, they stayed in the house. I did put them back in the jar. But not sure if they all made it back.

Different types of pets that have been in my life since infancy to present time as an adult are listed below.

1 . Dogs

(English Springer Spaniel, Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix, Cockapoo, German Shepherd and Lab mix, Irish Setter, my brother-in-law’s small mutt dog (Not sure what type of mix she was.She lived with us for about 6 months), Dachshund (sister-in-law’s dog that lived with us for a year, and our German Shepherd dog that we have now.) I really love to see my dog playing on a sea beach !

2. Hamsters

(Another pet my mom did not like and we had a male and female hamster that had babies. The little ones are not so cute when they are born, pink and furless. Note: The parents have been known to eat their babies. Yes, I know this from personal experience.)

3. CatsĀ 

(Maine coon and a Siamese.)

4. Pollywogs (or tadpoles) to Frogs
5. Caterpillars to Butterflies

6. Small Turtles

7. Birds

(Cockatiels and Finches.)

8. Fish

(Several Goldfish, a Betta, several Blue Neon Tetras, many Blue Gourami fish and two Iridescent Sharks.)

9. Albino Ferret

10. Green Anoles (small lizards)

11. Crickets

(The crickets were not so much pets as they were food for the green anoles. However, they were kept in their container along with vitamin rich food, plus anything else they needed and treated as pets until their demise. It never failed that some crickets managed to escape. Those that had their freedom for a long time turned into large ugly, scary and creepy black creatures with wings.)

12. Firebelly Newts (lizard family)

13. Iguana

(Lenny (as I named him), was a rescue pet from the high school. He had been abused and not the friendliest of pets. Our daughter surprised him on us.)

What’s your favorite pet ?

Walking the Dog Friendly Beach On the Forgotten Coast of Florida

My Dog Tidbit and I Walk Our Beach in Lanark Village, East of Carrabelle, Florida and Share the View with You

Dog Friendly Beach

My dog Tidbit and I spend a good amount of time walking a stretch of beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Lanark Village, just a few miles east of Carrabelle, in the Florida Panhandle. The coastal region in which we reside is considered part of Florida’s Forgotten Coast (a registered trademark).

Like most of the locals here (I transplanted from another area of the country) I am kind of glad this area has “forgotten” status. For instance: In the past year, Tidbit and I have walked on the beach nearly every day. I have seen only a dozen humans and only two other dogs on the beach during our time here – and I brought half of those people to the beach when they visited us from my old home state of Ohio!

We know you will enjoy the views we have captured on camera to share with you of our time well spent just a block from our home. Oh, and about these pictures… I am not, by any means a photographer. All photos were taken with my basic cell phone camera.

Pier View

Tidbit Walks the Pier

Walking the Dog Friendly Beach

That first day on what we now call “our” beach, Tidbit had to check out the pier and the sea birds, including a pelican, in the distant end, on the right. She was a bit hesitant, so we didn’t go all the way to the end of the pier that first day. She would have many opportunities for walking the plank and chasing sea birds in the coming days.

What I found interesting about this photo is that the horizon is round! I have no idea why it turned out this way … Unless, maybe the earth really is round and we captured proof on camera right here in Lanark Village, Florida!

Woof It Up With Tidbit

On the Pier at the Beach

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Of course, my beach dog Tidbit had to have her own postcard to send to friends and family. Tidbit loves visitors who give her lots of attention and take her for walks on the beach, so come on over to our beach on the sea and woof it up with Tidbit!

Resting at Sea

Among the Old Ones

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It was love and respect at first sight for Tidbit and the “Old Ones” as it was for me, too. Here she rests among them after a long walk on the beach. Tidbit is treated with respect by the Old Ones, as if she were one of the pack.

Yes, to most, these are old pier pilings. Tidbit and I, we know better, as we have heard their voices. They’ve many a story to tell the beachcombers of the sea.

Redneck Riviera

Castle in the Sand

Gary P. Nunn sings “Redneck Riviera” by Tom T. Hall. This is one of the songs from Tom T. Hall’s album, “Songs From Sopchoppy”. The town of Sopchoppy is about fifteen minutes from where I live.