Animal Stories - Chinchilla


Animal-World Information about: Chinchilla

   Chinchillas have great appeal, like cuddly little "balls of fur". Their exceedingly soft, dense coat has more fur per square inch than any other known mammal!
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Susan - 2005-07-15
Hello. I have enjoyed looking at the pictures you have of chinchillas. Chinchillas make wonderful pets. Rabbit cages are really not suitable for chinchillas, as chinchillas need enough height to climb and jump. An appropriate chinchilla cages should have at least 2 levels (more are desirable) so that the chinchilla may jump from level to level. Store purchased cages are generally not suitable for chinchillas as they are usually too small, too short, and made of plastic. Chinchillas like to chew and will chew up plastic shelves, plastic clamps, etc ... which will not only destroy your cage, but will also make your chinchilla sick. The best thing to do is to make your own chinchilla cage; you just have to make sure that all wood used to create a cage is untreated by chemicals and pesticides. Chinchillas will also chew wood, so the majority of the cage should be constructed from wire. Wire mesh cage bottoms are not acceptable for chinchillas. A chinchilla can catch a toe or toenail in the wire bottoms and end up with a broken leg. Cage bottoms should be covered with some kind of soft bedding. Aspen shavings or CareFresh bedding are the most appropriate choices. Pine can be used, but only if it's kiln dried, so as to remove the aromatic oils. If your cage only has 2 levels, your chin will need lots of exercise; an exercise wheel is a good choice, but only if it is of solid construction. Again, an open mesh wheel can catch the toes or toenails of a chinchilla, causing broken limbs. I would encourage anyone interested in owning a chinchilla or anyone who already has a chinchilla to do more research on the proper care of these unique animals. Also, if you are in the market for a chinchilla, please consider a chinchilla rescue before purchasing one from a pet store. Many animal shelters have abandoned chinchillas available for adoption.

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  • lee - 2014-03-28
    Hello sir we want to breed, but I do not know where to buy, if possible, please tell me. My email: liangjianisme@hotmail.com. I am sure to give you a reasonable price, thank you very much.
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norma mance - 2012-12-08
Can you put two together? I have a male and want to get a female will it be safe? Mine has never been with another once since I've had him for at least 9 years.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-08
    It should be OK as long as you get a female but you will have to be a little careful.  Life expectancy for a chinchilla is about 8 - 10 years in the wild but substantially longer in captivity - some living to 20 years old.  So you have an older male and you wouldn't want to put an older male together with another male as possible agression.  A female should be fine but i would introduce them on neutal territory - small bathroom or even the bathtub and watch and make sure they get along.  Do this a few times (not just once) to make sure they get along and then put them in the same cage.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-29
    Of course.
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Milla - 2013-05-06
I have a bunny,a cat and a turtle,but iam a animal lover sort and i really want another animal (a small one like a chinchilla or a squirrel) what do you think , what shall i have?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-06
    Hehehe, you are an animal lover! So what shall you get... I've had chinchillas and they're very cool, though not quite as snuggly as cat or bunny (definitely more snuggly than a turtle) and they can't take hot temperatures, so there's that to consider. But they are so soft and are curious. Now I'm wanting a bunny myself, and am thinking of one of those really big ones, so I can take if for walks... (but will have to research that some more:)) Anyway, good luck on your decision making, I'm sure whatever you get you'll have a great time and wonderful friend.
  • Milla - 2013-05-08
    I just want to add this to what i said about 'what shall i have!?'thing. -it could also be a bird
  • Logan - 2013-05-26
    I am interested in finding a bunny myself, and I am probably going to, however I am at my grandmothers house for the summer, and there are many wild cats that live there, my sister, mom, and I caught 3, an adult female, and two kittens (both male) and I am REALLY enjoying taming them. They may not be the pet for you, but I absolutely LOVE the cute things:) I really recommend getting kittens or a cat. However, if you get one, try to get or from an animal shelter, it hurts me to think of how many animals are put to sleep each day, so please try to save one. Thanks for reading!
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Anonymous - 2010-01-08
So cute! I want a chinchilla so bad, but I can't decide between a chinchilla or a bunny.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-26
    Take the chinchilla. Bunnies are a pain!
  • emma - 2010-03-04
    Bunnys are good pets and are almost the same as a chinchilla, except chinchillas are way softer. I have had experience from both and if I had to chose I would pick the bunny. They like to cuddle and sleep in your arms and chinchillas don't. but it is your choice.
  • Cooper - 2010-04-06
    Get A Chinchilla. They Are A lot Cuter And They Love To Play. Don't Let Them Near Dogs Though. They Like To Get Out Of Their Cage Every Night To Play And Bounce Around
    (make sure all doors are closed before letting it out or it could be a struggle to find it)

    Also only let it in the living room (lounge) Chinchillas Like To Go Under The Sofa And Hop Up Onto The Sofa.
    Keep the cage door open so it is free to go into the cage at anytime it wants. (only keep it open when it is allowed out) :) hope i've persuaded you to get a CHINCHILLA! They are better than bunnies.
  • shan - 2010-07-11
    Get a chin... rabbits stink bad...but beware when letting him run around they chew everything,, furniture and mostly wires! Fire hazards...like tv cords! Keep a close eye on him specially if he is hiding.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Get a chinchilla they are adorable!
  • Ramona - 2011-02-06
    Get a chinchilla. They are clean and do not smell like bunnies do. They also do not procreate as bunnies do. I have had both. You can litter train bunnies and let them run through your house. But hands down I would have my chinchilla Chuppa any day:)
  • eleanor clark - 2013-04-26
    Get both I have 2 rabbits 3 chinchillas 2 guinea pigs dog cat and budgie and the all get along fine the rabbits are in hutches in my shed and the chins and guinea pigs are in the house.
  • Milla - 2013-05-04
    I have a bunny and if you are intrested in how soft the fur is, then I know a type of bunny (well my bunny is that type) A 'mini rex' would be perfect for you! If you look at the bunny types on this website it will say 'mini rex.' Read about it and you will find out why I told you to get one (look out for how they describe the fur, it's true what they say!)....
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Grace - 2012-12-04
My daughter noticed her chinchilla has two red/pink bumps (about 1cm across & bulging out 1cm) on his haunch/butt that are symmetrical (closer to his tail than his genitals). They seem less prominent now than yesterday. I don't see anything like it on any of the anatomy photos. Are they something to worry about?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-06
    I can't be sure cuz I can't see you little fella - but possibly you are talking about the fact that it is a boy and the testicles are dropping? 
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Gabe Montano - 2012-10-10
My family and have a chinchilla his name is Eddie, he's two to three years of age. Just wondering if we get a new chinchilla if he would fight with it or maybe hurt it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    They are social animals, but when introducing adults be sure you go slowly or they can fight and possibly hurt each other seriously. They will need time to get use to the scent and look of each other before they will become new friends.
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Ella - 2012-10-04
Hi! I have a 19-year old chinchilla and because of his age I'm constantly prepared for him to die in the near future. My male chinchilla used to have a female companion, unfortunately she died this spring 20 years old. My male have this past week been acting strange, in the nights he is constantly digging so that all the bedding is put in a big pile while half of the cage (of where he've moved his bedding from) is empty. Some say that it is because they are too hot but he never lay in the empty spot, instead he's laying in the pile? He is also moving his foodbowl and throwing food out of it, although he also seem to eat much more at the same time. I need to fill the bowl more often than I used to. He has been acting this way the past 1-2 weeks now, according to my family his female companion used to behave the same way her last week before she got sick and just sat in a corner not moving nor eating, should I assume that my chinchilla will die soon because of the new behavior? :( Sure he is 19 years old so he's reaaally old, but he's had his ups and downs and has always gotten better...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-04
    There is no way to know.  He might just be having a good time.  He's eating more, essentially excercising more, rearraging his habitat - possibly just having fun.  Or possibly they know when the time is and they put all in order but I would look at it like he is just having fun.
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shannon walker - 2012-06-02
I like this site. I am planning on getting a chinchilla. They are great pets and with me being a teenager it is good for me to take responsibility. It has really helped me with some advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-02
    I am glad - have fun.
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mmtakn - 2011-04-11
I bought a Chinchilla two days ago. The first night at about 11 PM, I move him out for a walk inside my room. After a while he suddenly started shaking. It seemed like he couldn't breath. Then I saw some water coming from his mouth. It was like a gel. He puked little bit. Closed his eyes slowly. Then frozen for 2-3 min. long. I thought he died. After 3 min he started jumping like nothing happened. Next day, on the same hour he repeated it again. Same events one by one. Is there anyone knows the reason, or had the same situation?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    Weird. Is there possibly something in your room that he quickly injests and then throws up? Animals can be allergic (very toxic) to some things us humans don't pay any attention to. Scented candles, Febreeze, aerosoles, perfumes etc. Big list and a chinchilla isn't a big fella.
  • Deidra Lashan Gunn-Knight - 2011-07-07
    I know this is pretty old, but sounds like your chin had a seizure. Some have them pretty often, but any chin can have them if they hit their heads or something. If he still does that, take him to a vet--if that's not possible, let him chill out in his cage, with only hay for a few days. No play time.
  • Elenor Lamb - 2012-08-16
    I'd agree with the seizure theory. I would take him to the vet as soon as you could just to be sure. There maybe something in his food thats too fancy or not good for him.
  • Primo - 2012-09-26
    It can take years, Chinchillas are prey animals they don't for the most part liked to be handled, petted, cuddled or any of that. This is the reason so many people get disappointed that haven't known this before getting their chinnies. Take lots of time to talk with your chinchillasoftly, never yell, give little scritches, be patient,  and most of all let them be the boss. Let them come to you , letting them be adventurous is the key in gaining their trust. Good luck.
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Betty - 2011-09-11
Hello I wanted to get a chinchilla for pet since a year ago. I'm living in a apartment with carpet floor. I'm not sure if the environment is suitable for having chinchillas. Also, is there any nice breeders in Vancouver Canada? Thank you:)

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  • Susan - 2012-05-17
    Hi, I don't live in B.C., but I am sure if you searched on the internet or asked a Petstore you would find a breeder. I am answering you about their environment as we have two chinchillas 5 years old.. they are sisters...as you see they love company and get along famously. They are for my younger daughter and oldest now 17 and 25...(oldest not at home) my youngest has them in her large room..they are housed in a very large cage that is off the ground...and with a high large pen/gate that goes around the cage...the cage sits on a bare floor...Chinchillas are wonderful, but chewers. So they are kept safe..have wooden landings inside the wired cage to comfort their feet as well as allow them to chew, as this allows their teeth to be kept sharp but not grow too long...(teeth are not white, but yellow- sign of health) they have lots of room to run up and down cage and a metal flying saucer to exercise on at night, although do use it in the day light... and for hiding I have tubular forms to sleep in...also have cold marble to allow them to chill...they cannot be in a draft or bright light by window also cannot be too hot..I feed them Oxbow hay, two kinds and Oxbow food, and they get one or two small raisins a week..sometimes a slivered almond, but they love their daily hay...they get hours outside the cage to exercise which is important and have plenty of object, fruitwood.....to chew and go and hide under. also have their dust bath which they enjoy daily....when younger have watch they don't have too many in a week in fear of their fur drying out, but depends on where you live and the climate... they can be picked up....ours are kept in my daughters room, housed with 4 budgies as well which came to our home this year. Primarily they like lots of company, that is why I say two and lots of room on a bare floor...maybe you could put something down for them over the carpet, as they will go to the bathroom on floor, and get the dust bath all over..they are so cute, and are friendly, takes time to gain their trust...well worth the effort..their water should be in a glass bottle and changed every day, same with food. I use a metal dish that is attached to cage...life span can be 20 years if they are healthy and happy.... I hope this helps....sincerely, Susan...
  • Cj Carolyn Hitt - 2012-04-25
    i dont know a breeder but chinchillas can wear dipers... they love the dippy
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