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      15.08.2013 14:45
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      lovely pet for a family home

      We had been looking into getting a chipmunk for quite some time, and we finally made our mind up so off we went to the pet store and found a gorgeous albino male and it was love at first sight!

      The Set Up -
      Chipmunks needs a reasonable sized cage the smallest you would require would be at least 5 foot high and at least 2 foot in length and that would be to house 1 chipmunk, even though they are small animals they do like a lot of space - and a wire cage only! due to there natures to climb everything.
      You need to make sure they have lots of activites to do, they need to be able to climb, hide and play so ideally you would have brances, perches, ladders for their climbing some little dens for them to hide and sleep in our chipmunk also has a hanging sleeping bag and hammock which he loves a lot! you can never realy have too many toys in there cage!

      Handling -
      Most chipmunks dont like to be handled, you can pop your hand in to feed them and they will take food from your hand just watch your fingers as they do have sharp teeth, however if you get a chipmunk from a young age and do keep handling - stroking etc they make lovely pets - ours likes been tickled and stroked but will not be held.

      Feeding - Chipmunks are generally on there own food which is bought in most pet stores just in a bag its mixed seeds, oats etc but you can also give them apples, bananas, monkey nuts any foods that are dry realy they dont like wet foods but they are pretty cheap to feed!

      Price -
      This realy does depend on where you go! If you are going to a pet store then you are probably going to end up paying a lot more, i would recommened looking online for a cage ours cost us £129 without anything in it we then had to spend around £50 on toys and activites in the cage and then of course the little fella cost us £34.99 - i would advise to look online and buy a chipmunk maybe with full set up and you will probably save yourself quite a lot of money!

      Overall -
      If you are wanting a low maitence pet that is fantastic to look at then the chipmunk is probably for you, i can sit and watch our little man for hours they do make great entertainment and the best thing of all they dont smell!

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      18.10.2008 21:16
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      A great pet if you have the time to play with them.

      Chipmunks make great pets for teenagers or adults. They take a little looking after so I wouldn't recommend them for small children.

      I kept two chipmunks in an outside cage for about five years. My dad built the cage which was attached to our shed so that they could have a nest box inside for when it was too cold for them to sleep outside. This worked well because they like to hibernate for part of the winter. This means you shouldn't worry if your chipmunks haven't surfaced for a while. I always found mine snuggled up together in their nest box when the ground was frosty outside.

      The cage also contained lots of rope bridges, ladders and tubes to keep them occupied. Chipmunks are very quick and it is important to give them the chance to stay active.

      Both of my chipmunks were male which meant I didn't have to worry about them breeding. However when I bought them I had asked for a male and a female so be warned that some shops aren't very good at identifying their sex. I would definately recommend buying more than one chipmunk though because they are very sociable animals.

      Chipmunks will eat a variety of foods including fruit, vegetables and dog biscuits. I think mine actually ate better than the rest of the family because they used to be treated to strawberries and cherries all summer. Sweetcorn was also another favourite which use to disappear as soon as it was put in the cage.

      It is also important to clean the cage and bowls regularly. One year I noticed my chipmunks were itching and after a visit to the vets it was discovered they had flees. The treatment was easy though so simple ailments can be cured easily. The hardest part was catching them to take them to the vets.

      Keeping chipmunks as pets is very enjoyable because they are friendly animals. If you have a cage large enough to stand in you will find that they will run over you. Be warned that they like to bury themselves amongst clothes. They are not the type of animal you would sit down with and stoke. The chipmunks I kept weren't interested in staying still that long. However their fur is lovely and soft if you get the chance to stroke them.

      All in all a rewarding pet as long as you have the time to feed and play with them daily, especially in the summer. They are not the cheapest pet to buy so it is important to be sure that you want to keep them before jumping in.

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