Chinchillas for Sale
Chinchillas are very cuddly-looking and cute with their soft, lush fur for which they are well-known. These exotic pets only have two living species to their name: the Chinchilla chinchilla (or Chinchilla brevicaudata) and Chinchilla lanigera. The only difference between them is that the C. chinchilla has a short tail, broader shoulders and a thick neck, and shorter ears than the C. lanigera which has a pointed nose and angular facial features. They are of the rodent family and are most active around dusk and dawn. Originally, they are from the Andes mountains in South America where they naturally live in herds at up to a 14,000 feet altitude! They can live up to 15 years or older with proper care.
Chinchillas do not eat or drink very much, so some timothy hay or other high quality, hay-based pellets can be fed to them: just not alfalfa hay or high-protein foods. One should not feed them fresh vegetables or fruit since they have too much moisture in them and that could make the chinchilla bloat, which could be fatal due to its extremely sensitive gastrointestinal tracts. However, a sweet and dried fruit may be given to them once a day at the most, alongside the timothy hay.
Make certain that you have everything your new chinchilla needs for its home so that the animal will have time to adjust to its new environment. It's suggested to allow the chinchilla to get used to its surroundings for a day or so before handling it too much. It is important to have a place to hide and burrow for this small animal due to the fact that they live in burrows/crevices and rocks in the wild. They can also jump up to 6 feet high! They must be kept indoors and away from direct sunlight with a nice, roomy enclosure that is not made of plastic in case of chewing and ingestion. One can provide it with places to play and hide by giving it cardboard or wooden boxes, drainpipe tunnels, or by hiding small treats or food for them to find! Be sure to talk and interact with a chinchilla often because it will miss the company it's had. As a preference, chinchillas enjoy to live in same-sex pairs or small groups due to their social nature if space allows.
These little guys are active and require much exercise to stay healthy. Their teeth also need to be worn down, so they need things that they can chew on such as pet safe woods, pumice stones, and chew toys. Watch their ears to see if they're overheating; as they cannot sweat, one can tell if temperatures above 80°F are affecting the chinchilla because blood rushes to their ears.
The best way to bathe a chinchilla is to let it roll around in fine pumice or other specialized chinchilla dusts, NOT in water. They love a nice dust bath at least a few times every week! Luckily for the chinchilla, their dense fur wards off fleas and most other parasites and reduces dander; this means they can be considered as hypoallergenic.
Are Chinchillas Right for Me?
Chinchillas are playful, friendly and quite intelligent. However, they are for the more experienced small animal pet parent as they do have very specific hygiene, temperature, and habitat needs. They’re creatures of habit and like their daily routine to be as consistent as possible! These little guys are nocturnal, but because they’re sociable they will adapt their routine so you can play with them; however they’d be grateful if you would do it at the same time every day!
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Chinchillas for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!