Do Chinchillas Make Good Pets?

Sadly, due to their soft and beautiful coat, chinchillas have been bred and farmed for their fur. However, with PETA and other activist groups saving chinchillas daily, there are many needing forever homes. Whether you rescue a chinchilla or purchase one from a pet store or reputable breeder, these quirky and shy rodents have different […]

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How to Breed Chinchillas

Firstly, the fine print: animal rescue centres are awash with unwanted pets, some of them a result of unwanted breeding. Before you decide to breed any animal at all you should be certain that you have homes for any babies produced. In addition, it is important to appreciate that there are always risks in breeding […]

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What Do Chinchillas Eat?

Chinchillas are well-known for their cute appearance, rotund bodies and fluffy tails. Few could fail to fall for such an animals, which explains why so many are now kept as pets. However, chinchillas are far more “specialist” pets than most other “small furries”, requiring considerably different care to more commonly-kept guinea pigs, rabbits or hamsters. […]

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The Most Common Chinchilla Diseases and How to Spot Them

Wild chinchillas are quite resilient animals. This is most likely due to their changeable natural habit in the Andes mountains, where they are exposed to extreme climate conditions. Under such a harsh environment the species evolved to be extremely hardy in order to survive. However, after many years of domestication and breeding, the pet chinchillas […]

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How to Take Care of Your Pet Degu

Very similar to chinchillas, degus make fantastic pets. These larger rodents hail from South America and, in captivity, can live up to eight years if they are cared for correctly. Degus are charming pets and love being handled by their owners and, whilst they are relatively easy to look after, attention still needs to be […]

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Chinchilla Caging: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Chinchillas are relatively large and active pets, which require a suitably large cage for exercise. In addition, they are well-known for their ability to gnaw through most materials, meaning that their cage must be sturdy. In short, chinchillas as pets require specialist caging; there are very few existing cages for other pets which can be […]

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How to Look After a Chinchilla

Chinchillas are one of the more unusual “small furries” encountered in pet shops. Originating in the Andes Mountains in South America they have an incredibly dense coat in order to protect them from the cold. While chinchillas are rodents like hamsters and gerbils. their care is considerably different. For one thing they’re relatively large and […]

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