Chinchillas, originally bred for their fur , have been considered "Domestic" exotic pets since the late 1950's - early 1960's, although have become much. much more popular in the past several years, and are now almost as common to find in homes as ferrets, or hamsters.
You will never understand the joy of owning a chinchilla, until you do, though be forewarned, once you have one, they are VERY addictive.
Chinchillas have a life span of 10 - 20 years, and are generally fairly harty animals. They do not fall ill often, but if they do, it is CRUCIAL to seek medical attention from an exotic vet.
Chinchilla fur is the softest fur on the face of the earth, but is also prone to becoming oily. You must NEVER give a chinchilla a water bath. They bathe in what is called a sand or dust bath. They should receive a dust bath every 2 - 3 days.
A good chinchilla food is vital to keeping your small pet healthy and lively. Barb's glidin chins n' things, recomends Mazzuri chinchilla pellets, unlimited hay, and fresh filtered, or spring water for your little furry friend.
Chinchilla teeth never stop growing, so they need lots to chew. You can get chin chew blocks, or wood blocks. Make sure they are small animal approved! CHINCHILLAS SHOULD NEVER HAVE CEDAR!!!

Which brings us to shavings. Kiln Dried Pine is the best. Cedar may NEVER EVER be used. This will kill your chinchilla. They are highly allergic, as are most small animals.
When it comes to cages, the bigger the better. The cage should be at VERY least, 2 feet high and the same in width. Chinchillas love to jump so height is especially important.
If you are going to buy a chinchilla, we recommend buying from a breeder as opposed to a pet shop, and always check for nice clean fur and bright shinny eyes.
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