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  • After 10 minutes of looking and starting to freak I decided to open the closet to check, just in case because I NEVER thought she could squeeze herself under the door

    • by sarbo

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      Chinchillas make great apartment pets but lets start out with what chinchillas actually are and where they originated from.

      Chinchillas are slightly larger than ground squirrels, and native to the Andes Mountains in South America. The animal whose name means “little Chincha” is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who wore its soft and dense fur.

      In their native habitat, chinchillas live in burrows and crevices in rocks. They are agile jumpers and can jump very high, up to 5 ft. Of course, they live in the mountains!

      Domestic chinchillas can be kept as pets and can live 15 years, the longest being 20 yrs. So if you are interested in a chin for a pet be ready to be in it for the long haul!

      Now why they make great apartment pets. Many apartments do not allow pets nowadays. Chinchillas have no smell, not like

      raising a ferret or having the cat/dog smell from being in a small confined place. That is as long as you keep the cage clean, for your sake and the chinchillas! Because of their dense fur they cannot get infested with fleas and ticks. Another great reason they are such awesome pets!

      Chinchillas are very skittish animals and can be quite jumpy with loud or new noises. They are very smart animals. It takes them time to get used to their owners so don’t expect to cuddle with them straight away. It takes time to gain their trust.

      Exercise is very important. I advise getting an exercise wheel that attaches to the cage so it doesn’t tip over on them.

      They love playtime out of the cage. Just make sure you keep a close eye on them at all times.

      • They also love to chew on electrical cords and get into just about anything you would think as being impossible for them to get into! Example…when I first got my chinchilla I left the room for one minute to close a bedroom door. I came back and couldn’t find her. After 10 minutes of looking and starting to freak I decided to open the closet to check, just in case because I NEVER thought she could squeeze herself under the door. Low and behold there she was waiting on someone to open it back up and find her.

        Also they are JUMPERS. Just because they aren’t showing you there acrobatic activity of jumping off the wall and over a giant gate doesn’t mean they won’t when you are not looking. That means do not get distracted by other things like t.v.

        while your chin is out. They want to interact with you, they really do.

        Chinchillas cannot get wet. It more than likely won’t harm them right away but if not dried thoroughly they can get skin fungus and infections that can lead to death. Also blow drying a chinchilla is not pleasant for them or the owner!

        Their diets are high in fiber so plain rabbit/chinchilla pellets will do. They love treats to snack on but not too many. I find my chinchilla loves raisins, sunflower seeds, and yogurt chips which are available at most stores.

        They are great pets but do need time to adjust to new people and places. They are a lot of work but at the same time they are worth it! They offer tons of entertainment while they run around and explore and use you as their personal jungle gym.

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