The homeland of chinchillas is South American foothills, but unusual rodents can be found in many countries of the world. Someone turns them on as pets, someone is interested in the profit from the sale of valuable fur. One way or another, their popularity is growing every year, but not everyone knows how to properly care for them if the animal is to live at home.
The reviews of those who had to do this say that it is easy to keep chinchillas, and it is interesting and exciting to train and study their temper and behavior at home. Let’s take a closer look at these funny animals, and find out if this is really so.
Growing chinchillas at home
The animal needs to provide a place for movement, so the cage or display case should be spacious (cage for the chinchilla photo 1), (showcase for the chinchilla photo 2).
You need to install a chinchilla house not in direct sunlight, but rather in the shade, in a place where there will be no drafts. It must be remembered that the body temperature of the rodent is 36C, as in humans, so overheating and overcooling are equally dangerous for it. Owner reviews indicate that animals do not like drafts, overheating causes them to heat stroke, and hypothermia leads to illness. It is necessary to maintain the temperature regime within 18-20C.
If the behavior of the chinchilla changes, it becomes fussy, or, conversely, lowers its activity, which means it is uncomfortable.
You can find out what chinchillas are from the video.
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Basic requirements, the fulfillment of which is mandatory:
- When constructing the cage, make sure that it matches the standard sizes 180/90/50. Chinchilla rabbit cages are not suitable. More details on how to make the cell itself in our article here.
- For better air circulation, the house should not lean against the wall.
- Provide the chinchilla three times a week with a box of sand at room temperature. So she will be able to swim at home and take care of the purity of her fur.
- To accustom a rodent to the toilet, put in a cage a tray with wood filler (photo 3).
- Bowls for food and drinking bowls can be as shown in photo 4.
- Responses of owners say that animals love sawdust, change them not often – 2 or 3 times a month, but some do it every day.
Hygiene procedures in chinchillas are minimized, since they do not have sweat and sebaceous glands, so there will be no foreign smell in the room. The main thing – what is needed for a chinchilla – a balanced diet and a clean cage.
How chinchillas adapt at home, you can see in the video.
Hay and granular feed will provide animals with a rational and balanced diet, but it is better to buy special food for chinchillas, since their gastrointestinal tract is very tender. To prevent obesity, food is given once a day, in the evening. In summer, the menu includes nettle, apple or birch leaves. The rodent needs to eat no more than 40 grams of feed per day.
Owner reviews suggest that animals love to feast on dried apples, dry nettle leaves or dandelion.
What can be given to rodents and what is not, you will learn from the video.
They drink a lot, but a little bit. Water quality also needs to be monitored. They are advised to give bottled water or water purified using a filter.
Learn more about caring for chinchillas in the video.
Behavior and character traits
The behavior of rodents has its own characteristics:
- Chinchilla is a shy animal, this must be taken into account, therefore it is better to put the cage in a remote place, in the shade, away from noise and drafts;
- Rodents are active at night, so the proximity to them in the bedroom is undesirable;
- In the cage, you need to install moves, ladders, shelves, so that the chinchilla can move freely;
- Some mistakenly believe that ordinary running wheels are convenient for animals, but this is not so, on the contrary, they are dangerous to their health. They need special wheels – wooden and closed.
Watching how these cute animals behave at home, you will get a lot of pleasure. These are tame, kind and gentle creatures, they are happy to run around the room and play with pets. Reviews about their character are only the best – they are friendlier, more flexible, easy to train. The animals bite only if they are teased or hurt. Gently tapping your finger on the floor can teach the chinchilla to return to the cage after walking around the room.
You will learn a lot of interesting things about rodents by watching the video.
You can’t walk the chinchilla on the street, because due to weak immunity, it can get sick from the slightest infection, and they do not get vaccinations.
If you have the patience and desire to engage in these funny animals, feel free to get them, the pleasure for you and your loved ones is provided.
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