Chinchilla care should include proper grooming

Use the following tips to make sure that your chin always looks and feels its best.

Though grooming as a part of chinchilla care does help your pet to look its best, it is also a very important part of maintaining good overall health.

Grooming helps to reduce the amount of fur being shed and ingested.

Though this doesn’t mean that chinchilla care requires you to groom the animal yourself, it does mean that you will at least need to provide this cute little fuzzy critter with the tools that are required to do it by itself (or with the help of its chin buddy or family member).

Chinchilla care in terms of grooming isn’t very difficult, but it remains vital to good health.

All chins need in terms of basic grooming is about the same as a cat. Like a cat, this type of chinchilla care is primarily self administered, but on occasion, a little help can go a long way.

For example, all chinchillas need to be able to take baths on a regular basis. However, this should never include a drop of water. Instead, they take dust baths. To offer your pet this form of chinchilla care, simply purchase some bath dust from the local pet store (usually made up of ground pumice stone) and pour some into a chin dust bath container, or a flat-sided glass fish bowl of the proper size, lying on its side.

Then, simply give your pet access to this little dusty spa. Your pet will automatically begin to roll in it. It is an instinctive behavior that allows the dust to penetrate into the fur and absorb excess oil, which will then fall away from the chinchilla, leaving it clean.

Never include water as a part of your grooming chinchilla care. The chin’s coat is so thick – with approximately 80 hairs per follicle (when compared to one hair per follicle in humans) – that the water cannot fully dry from it. It leads the fur to start clumping and excessive oil, fungus, mildew, bacteria, and other skin problems can quickly occur.

Proper chin care can also include the occasional combing with a good comb designed for a cat. This will help to avoid mats and release loose hair. Male chins should be watched for hair rings or mats growing around their genital areas. While some may never experience this in their lifetimes, others can get it quite frequently and it can lead to suffering. Regular checking and grooming can easily avoid this.

Pet chinchillas make children smarter

childrens petsKids who care for animals perform better at school.

Children have long believed that owning a pet makes them more responsible and caring, and now a report has shown that this is not only true, but that those with pet chinchillas perform better than the rest!

Seventy nine percent of kids aged 5 to 16 with pets feel that they do better on their homework.

Newly released research has shown that it is actually very beneficial for kids to own and care for animals, and that those with pet chinchillas reap the highest rewards. It showed that though parents were concerned that the pets might take attention away from homework, it actually provided motivation, instead.

Fifty five percent of kids who have pet chinchillas say they feel more intelligent.

The report was based on the results of a survey that included the participation of 1,000 children between the ages of 5 and 16, each of whom owned pets. It showed that the large majority of them felt that their furry friends had a positive impact on their academic achievement, including homework and overall schoolwork.

Among the animals in the study, pet chinchillas were shown to have the highest influence on the cleverness of the children who owned them. Furthermore, almost half of the kids felt that they were happier because of their pet ownership. One third felt that they were calmer because of their animal buddies.

Other studies clearly show that caring for an animal such as a pet chinchilla can bring pleasure to an entire family, including both children and parents. Furthermore, taking care of animals that have careful care needs such as in the case of chins (while supervised by an adult, of course) can boost a child’s sense of responsibility and make him or her more caring, nurturing, compassionate, and self-confident.

This was supported by the study, as 36 percent of kids said that they felt more caring and 34 percent felt that they had a greater sense of responsibility because of their furry critter friends. The study even showed that pet chinchillas can help children to improve their ability to speak with other people.

For more about chinchillas as pets.

Summertime chinchilla care

Chinchilla careHow to make sure your chins stay happy and healthy in the warmer weather

Now that summer’s just about here, and there’s barely a hint of the cooler weather left behind, it’s time to make sure that you know what you need to be doing to provide your pet with proper chinchilla care during the hot season.

Chinchillas are cool climate animals and will suffer in extreme heat.

As their owner, it’s up to you to provide them with the habitat they require to remain healthy and happy. In the wild, they would retreat to shady areas to keep their temperatures down. However, domesticated animals in cages – no matter how handsome the environment you’ve built – don’t have the same opportunity to escape to a cooler area.

Unlike many other mammals, though these little guys have thick fun, they’re not able to sweat, which means that they have a very poor natural ability to keep their temperatures down. Typically speaking, chins aren’t able to cope in temperatures any warmer than 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), and they will struggle in high humidity levels.

If your chin cage is located in a very warm spot, or if it receives direct sunlight in the summertime, the results could be deadly. Proper chinchilla care means that you will provide an environment for your chin that will be dry and no warmer than around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use the following to help keep your beloved pet cool this summer and it will thrive:

• Keep your home cool. An air conditioner is ideal, but you can also black out windows when the sun is shining through them (this will also save you a bundle on your energy bill), use fans to circulate the air (though don’t aim it directly at the cage, as this can cause other health problems) and keep the cage in a cooler area of the home.

• Create cold zones in your chin cage. Freeze plastic containers of water and sit them on top of the cage (on top of a tea towel so that they don’t drip from condensation). The warm air from the cage will rise and push the cold air from the ice down, keeping your pets comfortable , making it a great chinchilla care technique. Wet and freeze terra cotta pots and then set them into the cage for the chins to chew on. Purchase a small ¼ thick slab of marble or granite (sometimes available at pet stores) and lay it in your chin’s sleeping or lounging area. This naturally cool surface can help pull the heat from your chin’s body. Refrigerate them for an even colder result.