Whenever I try to introduce my chinchilla, Gary, to any of my friends or family, I swear the first question I always get is "does he bite?" Since chinchillas are fairly small in size it's easy to assume that they are going to be a nibbler or a biter. It's also true that chinchillas eat a lot and need to grind their teeth down on chew toys to stay healthy. So, I don't … [Read more...] about Do Chinchillas Bite? Do Chinchilla Bites Hurt?
When we first took in our chinchilla, Gary, we didn't know very much about chinchillas. We pretty much only knew that they were small mammals that needed to eat a diet that consisted primarily of hay. I'll be honest, at the time I wasn't thinking about what taking care of a pet who ate a diet that consisted primarily of fibre really meant. It didn't take very long for me to … [Read more...] about How Much Do Chinchillas Poop? Should I be Worried?
Growing up, anytime anything was dirty my mom would grab a JCloth and give it a good rub down. If things had a spill or a mess, she would soap up a sponge and scrub a bit harder, making sure everything was clean. I'm sure everyone has heard about the importance of washing your hands after using the washroom, and everyone knows that you should take baths or showers often to … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Chinchillas Get Wet? How Do I Clean My Chinchilla?
Shortly after taking in Gary, our chinchilla, we unsurprisingly started hearing sounds and noises we've never heard before. Being that adopting a chinchilla wasn't originally thought out or planned, we didn't actually know a whole lot about the species or even what the most common questions or concerns regarding chinchillas were. So, when we heard Gary make noises like barking … [Read more...] about Why Do Chinchillas Bark? Identifying Chinchilla Sounds
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, Been a while since I've said that, eh? As you may have gathered from my lack of updates and posts in general, I've had a very busy month. Between sound designing a show, recording and releasing new music and just trying to function as a human... I've found myself out of the house more than I wish I was. It's a luxury to be … [Read more...] about Gary, Our Chinchilla, Loves Dog Toys! (Cute Chinchilla Story & Video)
It's not uncommon for a chinchilla owner to become interested in adopting another chinchilla. Chinchillas, being the social creatures that they are, do well with other chinchillas, making the idea of adopting another one... or two, more appealing. Chinchillas, unlike betta fish, are not (usually) hostile to their own and thus pet parents don't need to worry as much when … [Read more...] about How Do I Know If My Chinchilla Is Pregnant?
Chinchillas are by far one of the softest and most furry animals I've touched to this day. If you're the proud owner of a chinchilla, I'm sure you know by now that there is nothing in comparison to petting your chinchilla... and I have two cats who love to be pet! A chinchilla's fur is their prize possession not only because of how soft it is, but because it acts as a layer … [Read more...] about Why Is My Chinchilla Losing Hair? Is My Chinchilla Sick?
It's been about a year since we adopted Gary and let me start off by saying that time has really flown. Since we don't actually know how old Gary is or when his birthday is we've chosen to celebrate Gary's birthday on his "gotchya day." The first year with Gary has had such a large learning curve. While not everything has been easy and it has involved a lot of googling … [Read more...] about Having Gary, Our Chinchilla, for a Year (Loads of Chinchilla Pictures)
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, As you may already be aware, last week we experienced a big scare with Gary, our Chinchilla, when we noticed he had a bloodshot eye and an eye ulcer. It has almost been a full week since we got the proper diagnoses from the vet and I'm happy to report that Gary seems to be doing a whole lot better, although he is still not … [Read more...] about Gary, Our Chinchilla, Is Doing Much Better
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, There isn't ever a dull day in the Pets Overload home and yesterday night was no different. Although all of our pets have been doing well, we just experienced a medical scare with Gary. As we were cleaning Gary's cage last night we noticed that he was squinting his right eye. I picked him up immediately and peeled back his eyelid to see … [Read more...] about Gary, My Chinchilla, Has Bloodshot Eyes and an Eye Ulcer