Care of a chinchilla

If you decided to adopt a chinchilla as a pet, it will be crucial that you properly inform yourself about all your needs in order to enjoy it for a long time.

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Good care can directly affect your health and a happy chinchilla will reward you with much affection and love.

Discover in this article of YourCatCareguide the care of a chinchilla . Feel free to comment or share a picture of your chinchilla so that other users may know about it.

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Before you adopt a chinchilla it is essential to prepare the cage where you will live . You should know that these animals need space, so we recommend that you look for a cage that is big enough (100 x 70 x 100 cm, for example).

In the cage you can never miss :

  • places to hide
  • ropes or branches for climbing
  • big wheel
  • paper substrate
  • stainless steel feeder
  • sandbox for the bathroom
  • bottle-type drinking fountain

Place the cage in a cool place of the house without drafts, away from hot spots since the chinchilla tolerates well the cold but not the heat.

The arrival of the chinchilla home

In the first days the animal will feel scared and even stressed . For this reason, it is vital to avoid touching her and even let her rest in a dark place to relax and gradually adapt to the new home. If you have other pets at home, keep them from approaching the chinchilla in the first few days, as they can cause you fear and a distressing situation.

His habits are nocturnal and that is the reason why we should relate to him preferably at dusk, at night or at dawn. At that moment she will be more active and receptive to playing and communicating.

After two or three days of the chinchilla’s arrival home, we can begin to give her some delicacy or fruit of her liking to start getting to know us and gain our confidence.

Chinchilla sand baths

The hair of the chinchilla is really peculiar, unlike other rodents, the chinchilla has millions of hairs in each follicle . This allows you, in case of being hunted, to make your predator with a full mouth and it can escape.

Chinchillas need to take care of their hair for this to stay shiny and well taken care of, so they usually give themselves sand baths .

You should put a sandbox with a very fine chinchilla substrate in the cage of your chinchilla and you will soon see how your pet begins to enjoy the land.

When you finish bathing you should make sure there are not any sand left in your eyes.


Chinchillas are very active , like to jump, climb and run. They are very nervous animals and for this reason it will be essential to help them burn that energy they have.

In order for your chinchilla to exercise, we must add a large wheel to its cage (or outside it) , identical to the ones the hamsters use. Also, you should avoid using those of bars so as not to get caught by a leg. You can also incorporate ropes and shelves into the cage to climb and jump when you need them.

Finally, we advise you to create a fenced outdoor zone for your safety, a playground where the chinchilla can move freely and explore new sites.

Chinchilla feeding

The chinchilla’s food is based on the already prepared food specific for chinchillas , since it is the most complete food that can offer. Always look for the best quality brands.

You can also include in your diet and in small quantities the following foods:

  • hay
  • carrot
  • green pepper
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • natural oats in grain
  • dandelion
  • small insects
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • Apple
  • money
  • banana
  • watermelon

And very occasionally (2 times a week) can give you treats like:

  • sunflower seeds
  • Raisins
  • hazelnuts
  • almonds
  • walnuts

Chinchilla health

Although Chinchilla is a relatively healthy animal, you should know the main diseases that can affect it:

  • Heat stroke : Avoid it by placing your cage in a cool place but without drafts.
  • Sand on the eyes : Check your chinchilla after each bath to avoid it.
  • Parasites : It is usually a consequence of a lack of hygiene.
  • Stomach problems : Appear if you give him too much fruit that contains too much water or an inadequate diet.

Faced with any serious health issues related to your chinchilla do not hesitate to go to the vet with him. The internet is full of advice and information on diseases, but the truth is that only the veterinarian can make an appropriate diagnosis and indicate the appropriate treatment.

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    Emily Harris

    Hi Guys, Girls, and Cats:-pI am Emily Harris, and you can see in above pic. She loves me I swear. I saved her from a dumpster a few weeks back.

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