How do you tell if your chinchilla is injured?

Signs of illness/injury include sore feet, wetness around the eyes/mouth and fur loss. Consult a vet immediately if you suspect they’re in pain, ill or injured. Chinchillas that are frightened or in pain may change their behaviour or develop unwanted habits e.g. aggression or hiding.

What helps a chinchilla survive?

A chinchilla’s fur is so dense that is acts as insulation. This helps them fight the freezing temperatures of their high alpine homes. Usually consisting of pearl, grey, or brown fur made to help blend in with their environment. This dense fur allows the animals to be active through winter.

Can you get diseases from chinchillas?

▸ Chinchillas. About 80,000 households own chinchillas, which carry Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes associated with inflammatory tinea capitis. These animals also harbor Aspergillus niger. They are susceptible to infections with gram-negative pathogens.

Do chinchillas need vet care?

All pet chinchillas should be examined by a qualified veterinarian within 48 hours of purchase and at least annually thereafter. This “new pet” exam is critical to detect signs of disease and help new pet owners get off on the right foot.

How often should I let my chinchilla out?

Chinchillas are quite large for a small pet and they are very active so they need plenty of space. The minimum cage size for a pair is around 93cm long, by 63cm deep, by 159cm high, with shelves at different heights. Chinchillas should be allowed out for supervised exercise as much as possible and at least once a day.

Do chinchillas like to be held?

Do chinchillas need a friend?

They are active and playful and, with gentle handling from a young age, most chinchillas become quite tame and can bond closely with their owners. But don’t expect them to like being held and cuddled like dogs and cats. They usually don’t, although they’ll express their affection for you in other ways.

Do chinchillas cuddle with you?

Are chinchillas high maintenance?

Chinchillas need: Keeping with at least one other friendly chinchilla, unless advised otherwise by a vet/clinical animal behaviourist. Chinchillas can be kept as male/female pairs* or single relationship groups. They¿re naturally sociable, living in groups in the wild.

Is it better to have 1 or 2 chinchillas?

How long do chinchillas last for?

Chinchillas are commonly bred as pets in the U.S. and are available from reputable breeders, pet stores and rescue groups. They tend to be affectionate, curious and social animals that can bond closely with their owners and generally like to be held close and cuddled.

Do female chinchillas have periods?

Chinchillas are pretty low maintenance.

Once you have a cage set up, all they need is refilled water, food, and hay every day, and weekly cage cleanings & new things to chew.

Can you have just 1 chinchilla?

No, chinchillas do not necessarily do better in pairs.

Some chinchillas are very social and will pair and socialize well with other chinchillas in the same cage. Other chinchillas may not do well in pairs. It’s possible your chinchillas will not get along and cause harm to each other.

What kind of cage is best for a chinchilla?

How many babies do chinchillas have?


Can chinchillas be free roam?

They are seasonally polyestrous from November to May with an estrous cycle of 30-50 days.

How much does it cost to buy a chinchilla?

What do pet chinchillas eat?

In general, it’s not wise to keep a single chinchilla, and it’s highly advised to keep at least a pair of chinchillas. There are some cases where a chinchilla is kept as a solitary pet. It is possible to keep a chinchilla alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll need to give them a lot of attention.