Furry Soft Chinchillas
Chinchillas are cute rodents that have plush, soft coats of fur. They weigh around 1 to 1.5 pounds and can be up to a foot long. They have rounded ears and eyes on either side of a broad head. They have the softest fur in the world; 30 times softer than human hair. The fur is often gray, but can be beige, tan, black or white. Dust baths are used to remove any oil or moisture from their thick fur; this will also help keep their fur soft.
Adult Size: 12"
Care Level: Intermediate
Most Active During: Nighttime (nocturnal)
Life Span: 9-12 years
Eats: Chinchilla food, timothy hay and vegetables.
Chinchillas are smart, curious, and loving animals. They are active, vocal, and entertaining to watch. They are not recommended for young children. Children are often overzealous with affection and could frighten or injure a chinchilla. A chinchilla could possibly bite a child out of fear. Although loving animals, they do require gentle and careful handling.
These adorable creatures are social animals and need a lot of interaction. A lone chinchilla requires a great deal of attention and can become very attached to its owner. If you are unable to devote that much time to your pet, it is better to have two chinchillas than one lonely unhappy pet. Two chinchillas can play and interact and not be completely dependent on their owner.
March 18, 2015
NYC Loves Pets