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
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?
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, Ever since we got Gary I've been going on a spiral of research trying to learn more about Chinchillas, where they come from and what their natural habitat is like. I thought some of you might be interested, so here are some of the coolest facts I've learned! 1. Chinchillas Are Native to the South American Andes Mountains Chinchillas … [Read more...] about 36 Most Interesting Facts About Chinchillas in the Wild
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, A while back I was really curious as to how high cats jump, but this week I've been more curious to see how high Chinchillas jump. Since Chinchillas are known to be jumpers (as they're native to mountain living) could these small creatures jump higher than our fine furry friends? Well, let's break it down and see! Short Answer The average … [Read more...] about How High Do Chinchillas Jump? Do They Jump Higher than Cats?
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, There are a lot of pet care tips you can choose to follow to help spoil your pet, although it's important to be able to decipher which tips are absolute necessities are which are just nice to do. So? Is it an absolute necessity to give Chinchillas dust baths? Do they actually get dirty in their cage and dust the dust actually help or am I … [Read more...] about Do Chinchillas Need Dust Baths? Are They Necessary or Can I Skip Them?
Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers, I'll be brutally honest and say I had absolutely no clue how big Chinchillas were before getting Gary. When I was first called about potentially being the new parent to Gary, I asked my partner if he would feel comfortable with us adopting another small mammal the size of a hamster into our home. The size of a HAMSTER!? How did I think … [Read more...] about How Big Do Chinchillas Get when They Are Full Grown? How Large Do They Grow in Size?