The Chinchilla is an easily frightened and fragile little creature. As a result, it’s not suggested for a small child or for handling by a minor. When they are not handled with care and are frightened, they may bite. In general, if they are treated well, not mishandled, feed properly and cared for appropriately, they are quite good pets, which will not usually require vet visits unless something goes wrong. Just as with any other animal, they are subject to ringworms and other infections and can develop oral issues if they don’t have anything to gnaw on. Also, in hot or humid environments, they may be become prone to heat stokes, so be sure it’s environment remains relatively at room temperature. One more tid-bit of information is that the Chinchilla should have its toe nails and hair around the anus trimmed. Overall this pet is easily tamed and can learn easily.
Housing for your Chinchilla doesn’t need to be a complicated affair. Many new pot owners start in the basement or spare room and build a suitable new environment for their new pet. Chinchillas can be successfully raised in a semi-open shelter type building as well, for minimal cost. This of course, is the least expensive way to get started. However, the wised investor invests in quality breeding stock first and then works on buildings and the required equipment at a later point.
Cage sizes can rank anywhere from twelve inches high, fifteen inches wide and twenty-four inches deep. Cage material can be a combination of wood, wire and metal. A polygamous colony of one male and five females utilizing six cage opening occupies a space of one foot, by two feet by eight feet.
Remember that your chinchilla requires a comfortable temperature range of seventy five degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees of Fahrenheit. In areas of high humidity, some air conditioning may be needed.
The general consensus within the chinchilla-circles is that several brands exist that offer the highest quality in chinchilla nutrition. These brands are Mazuri, Oxbow and Tradition. Here at Petware House we carry top brand food names for pets, so, let’s look at each of these items.
Tradition Chinchilla Pellets are an excellent choice and can be found primarily on the Internet. You can buy it in 25 pound sacks.
Oxbow is a an excellent choice and can be found at number of locations, some veterinarians and at Petware House. Oxbow is formulated for chinchillas of all ages, high fibre diet is designed to meet their unique nutritional needs. High fibre formula helps control obesity. Pelleted diet contains farm-fresh alfalfa hay for intestinal and digestive health and helps supply the energy required to keep your active chinchilla healthy and active.
Mazuri Chinchilla Pellets - can be found at Pets Mart, most Feed Stores, or you can buy on-line directly from Mazuri's web site. He Mazrui diet is a pallet-based choice and assures good consumption. In addition it contains natural vitamin E, stabilized vitamin C, probiotics and flex seed.
Chinchilla pet food has been the center of debate for quite sometime now, however, the three listed brands typically rank at the top of the list. However, what you will be feeding your pet will typically depend on brand availability, the price you are will to pay, and the preference of your Chinchilla’s taste buds.
Be sure to feed your Chinchilla sufficiently, we recommend a couple of tablespoons of fresh pellets per chinchilla on a daily basis. Use feeding as a basis to provide your pet with more or less feed. It’s always better to have a little left over than having your pet go hungry.
Hay should be a fresh and sweet, bright green color, if it’s brown, then its not fresh. Black hay clearly indicates the presence of mould. To prevent this, store you hay in the original bag it came in or a well-ventilated container.
Don’t hesitate to contact Petware House regarding pet food for chinchilla and we will be pleased to answer all of your questions and provide you with the best possible food for your pet.
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