Chinchillas (Chinchilla laniger) are rodents with quite thick, dense fur which can make wonderful pets. This fur is often described as”lavish” and chinchillas previously have been increased for the purposes of harvesting the fur. They’ve a very long lifespan for a rodent (approximately 10 years) and they are quite sociable and active. Chinchillas are interested and can move very fast, so you need to keep an eye on them when outside their cages. Young chinchillas are called kits.
Female chinchillas are seasonally polyestrous, meaning that they can have two litters between November and May. After breeding it’s normal for the female chinchilla to have a copulatory plug gift. This may appear as a thick, white discharge within the vaginal area. The young are extremely precocious and are born with a complete hair coat, open eyes and the ability to maneuver around.
Chinchillas are very active animals and need a large cage which they can comfortably move around and exercise in. Lots of people opt to have a huge cage with many levels. It’s an excellent idea to give a wheel for your chinchilla to operate on although a good wheel is recommended as opposed to the cable hamster wheels. A shelter or hideout ought to be supplied in the cage for your chinchillas to break in. Chinchillas need dustbaths to maintain the health of the haircoat. These animals are extremely sensitive to heat, and thus they ought to be kept in a place of the home where the temperature is below 70°F.
Fiber is a really important part of the chinchilla diet. The diet should consist of mainly hay supplemented with legumes and fresh vegetables. It’s important to be certain the hay is fresh rather than mildewed or moldy. Feeding a diet lacking in fiber can predispose your chinchilla to intestinal upset and cause constipation or diarrhea.
Chinchilla teeth are typically yellow-orange in color. This isn’t a sign of dental disease or decay; it is in fact a symptom of health since this is the desired color of rodent teeth. All rodents have hypsodont teeth, which means they keep growing throughout life and has to be ground down automatically. If the mechanical grinding doesn’t happen correctly, the teeth may overgrow each other and lead to a malocclusion. Providing gnawing stones on your chinchillas’ cage should generally offer enough grinding to prevent malocclusion. But some chinchillas are genetically predisposed to malocclusion; these animals shouldn’t be bred. If you realize that your chinchilla isn’t eating, is drooling a lot, and appears to be losing weight, you should take him to your vet to have his teeth examined. The veterinarian might want to trim the teeth under anesthesia. Other common diseases of chinchillas include enteritis, because of a bad diet, and respiratory ailments.