A chinchilla is a rodent that upon first look resembles a rabbit with a bushy tail. A chinchilla is much more active than a pet rabbit, though. While they do hop like rabbits, they are much more agile jumpers and are not afraid to jump from high ledges. As an owner it is important to note this when handling a chinchilla. You want to hold them firmly but gently, as to not hurt them and not give them the chance to jump out of your arms and risk hurting themselves.
The first, which is probably the staple thing for rodents to chew on as pets, is toilet paper and paper towel rolls. These are great. Not only do you get to put what would usually be trash to good use, they are somewhat soft and easy for the rodent to chew. Sometimes they prefer this over the harder things, though you have to make sure there isn't a lot of glue on them.
They are nocturnal by nature dozing during the day and becoming more active and feeding in the evenings, being nocturnal makes them quite a good pet for someone who is out at school or work during the day as they enjoy the peace and quiet during the day to doze and enjoy their exercise period in the evenings. Being nocturnal they can be quite active and noisy during the night so may not be the ideal pet for the bedroom!
Mistakes when handling. The correct way to pick up and hold a chinchilla is by placing one hand below the body, with the thumb around a front leg, and supporting the weight with the second hand below the hindquarters. Never pull a chinchilla by the tail since it has a lot of delicate vertebrae which can break easily.
Make sure the cage you purchase is big enough for your chinchilla, they need to be kept indoors unless you have an outside secure building. They need a run because they are very active and need at least an hours exercise daily.
This variety of cat is distinguished by its unique type of hair, the wirehair coat being genetically dominant over a normal coat; the coarse fur ranges from being very hard, dense and kinky, springy, spiky or curly, however the coats are soft to touch; the ideal type of fur being hard and springy.
A highly recommended one is the most ideal and you can ask around, especially those breeders. There are some organizations that specialize in exotic animals and you can give it a try too. There are many varied sources, for instant yellow pages and online forums on chinchillas. Getting a vet is a priority once you have the pet chinchilla and don't wait until a crisis emerges as it could be a critical situation if you wait until then.
After finding out if it is illegal or not, find a veterinarian in your location who can care for it. Additionally, find a food store for your type of animal. If you can't find these two things in your area, you shouldn't buy the animal. Make sure your animal will get the proper nourishment and medical care it needs.
Without a regular dust bath, chinchillas will stress themselves out and give rise to a variety of health concerns in addition to other behavioral matter. Dust bath is essential in a warm day to keep the fur fresh as the fur will be greasy and matted as a result of the heat and if you do not offer the dust bath, it can cause overheating.