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Chinchilla Guide

Chinchillas are native to Chile and Peru. In the wild they live in groups so whilst in captivity they are best to be kept with other chinchillas.
They weigh around 1 to 1.5 pounds and can be up to a foot long. They have rounded ears and eyes on either side of a broad head. Their fur is very dense, soft, and pleasant to touch. The fur is often grey, but can be beige, tan, black or white. Chinchillas can live as long as 20 years.
Chinchillas can make wonderful pets for the right family. They are smart, inquisitive, and loving animals. They are active, vocal, and entertaining to watch. Since they can live up to 20 years they can be long time companions.
They are not recommended for young children. Children are often overzealous with affection and could frighten or injure a chinchilla. A chinchilla could possibly bite a child out of fear. Although loving animals, they do require gentle and careful handling.
What Chinchillas need:- Fresh water daily Pelleted food (Chinchillas may pick out favourite parts and miss out on nutrition) Alfalfa or timothy hay. Hay is essential as it keeps the digestive system going and also helps to keep their teeth at a healthy size as they constantly grow throughout their lives! A chew proof cage. Pelleted or shredded paper bedding material. A stoppered water bottle, food bowl or feeder, and a hay rack. Hide areas and tunnels for playing and sleeping. A large exercise wheel with a solid floor. Dust bath and dusting powder for bathing. A variety of chew proof toys to keep your pet entertained. Untreated wooden toys for chewing and wearing down a chinchilla’s ever-growing teeth. A salt block as a mineral supplement. A vitamin C supplement. There are tablets which can be crushed up into their food for extra vitamin C!…...

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