Things you should know about your chinchilla

Finding the right chinchilla can be tough and when you do find that perfect match its important to take good care of them. There are some thingsAll About Chinchillas you should know that can help you take care of you new partner.

Chinchillas are Skittish…

Chinchillas are domesticated animals but are natural leery of physical contact. If handled regularly at a young age, they will be more accustomed to touch but will still be skittish. Your chinchillas will grow more accustomed to your care in a couple of months. Until then, make sure you give your chinchilla enough room to become comfortable.

They Make Friends Slowly…
This is a trait shared with felines. Chinchillas need to be introduced slowly to a new environment and new people. If they are put into a small space with another chinchilla, they will likely begin fighting. Chinchillas will naturally warm up to each other as they spend more time together.

They Can Be Very Vocal…
The noises they make can be squeaks, chirps, coughs, or barks. These are normal sounds and occur mostly during dawn or dusk. Vocalization generally means they are comfortable with their environment. Take this as a good sign, unless you are trying to sleep in on the weekend.

They Need Their Space…
Their natural habitat, the mountainous regions of South America, is very spacious. Small spaces can cause distress and make them panic. They need room to climb and explore. The more diverse their environment, the more stimulated they will be.

Chinchillas Are Picky Eaters…
Chinchillas have a very sensitive digestive system. In the wild they survive on dry desert grass which provides all the nutrients they need. Diets with too much fat and proteins can cause gastric problems. They need very little water to survive and giving them anything other than water can cause bloating.

They Need Love…
Though chinchillas are shy at first, they grow attached to you after they are comfortable with their surroundings. They thrive when cared for and become affectionate. Chinchillas can take care of themselves very well but are naturally social animals. If you have one chinchilla, make sure you are interacting with it as often as it needs.

This is all basic information on what to expect when you find your pet. The more information you have the better you will be able to care for your chinchilla. When you love them, they will love you back.