There are some things you probably already know about taking care of your chinchilla, but there are probably some things you don’t know, especially when it comes to making sure your furry friend is happy.
Follow these tips from a professional vet clinic and your pet will be as happy as a clam!
Give your chinchilla plenty of space
In the wild, you would find chinchillas living in the mountains. That means these critters are accustomed to having plenty of space. If you try and cram your furry friend in a cage that’s too small, he’s going to get really stressed out.
Your chinchilla needs a cage that is at least three feet long and two feet wide. However, your pet will be even happier if you provide him with more space. That means getting a wider cage, or you can install shelving and multiple levels in your critter’s cage to give him more space.
Provide him with plenty of fresh, dry air
Not only do these mountainous creatures need plenty of space, they also need plenty of fresh air. A wire cage is best because it allows for lots of circulation.
The humidity of the room your pet lives in is important to consider too. Chinchillas can overheat easily, not to mention, their fur is susceptible to fungus in warm environments. A dehumidifier might be needed to keep your pet happy in the summer.
Don’t come on too strong
Chinchillas can grow to enjoy human companionship, but they aren’t born wanting to get to know you and your family. It’s best to back off, especially when you first bring your pet home.
Gradually spend time with your chinchilla when you bring him home instead of bombarding him with attention all at once. You may have to coax your pet with treats to get him to interact with you at first, but after a few weeks, he’ll warm up to spending time with you.
Once your chin is comfortable being held, make sure you take him out of the cage often! He’ll love coming out to explore, which means he’ll be a happier animal.
If you’re worried that your pet isn’t as happy as he could be, schedule an appointment with your local vet clinic and they can make sure there isn’t a medical reason why your critter is unhappy.