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More than a pet
Member Name: fairdonion
Date: 21/09/01, updated on 21/09/01 (228 review reads)
Advantages: No Smelly pet this, great personalities, good pets
Disadvantages: need lots of love if you can that a disadvantage which isnt is it
If you are thinking of getting a chinchilla I would definately recommend it.
They differ from a lot of rodents in the fact that they dont smell and they dont get fleas.
Get one though as they are not like other animals where if you dont want to breed then you get two of the same sex.
The first thing to do is to get a cage. You do not have to buy an expensive one. You can get a fireguard and adjust that accordingly.
You will also need a tray that you can slide in and out to change the sawdust.
In the cage you will need a shelf, a bowl for food, a drinking bottle, a tin or something for him to have a bath in and an apple tree branch. We have also got some wooden toys so that he can use them for his teeth and a wooden roll so that he can run in and out of it and play.
Daily you will need to change his water and his food in his bowl. Do not over feed him. You will also need to put his sand bath in for 10 minutes. This is fun to watch him having a bath in it. He will really enjoy it.
When we first got our chinchilla he kept getting out of his cage and we could not see how it was done. Underneath all that fur he is very thin and he could squeeze through the bars. We even watched him do it but could not believe it.
Besides chinchilla food our chinny loves breadsticks and chinchilla choc drops. You have to give these as special treats or he would eat one after the other.
Our chinchilla loves to have his ears stroked, his chin and tummy tickled. This makes him go real doppy! They love a lot of love and attention.
When you get him out dont forget to hold him firmly but also give him cuddles as he loves this.
They say chinchillas dont like cats but ours does. Our cats are scared of him and wont go anywhere near him.
He also loves company, is so very very nosy, and wants to see what is going on and of course loves being talked to. He also loves music.
r>Chinchillas are really lovely pets and great fun in fact they can become part of the family like ours has