A chinchilla as friend

The chinchilla is a rodent that comes from the Andean region of countries as Peru, Chile and Argentina. In spite of belonging to the family of the rodents, to bite and to devour are not part of their nature and for that reason it has begun to consider a good mascot.

Personally always adorable and very affectionate little animals have seemed me some <3

Constitution of the chinchilla

These animal are covered by a heavy and smooth hair, generally of gray color, but also of different colors, as the target or the black. The tail, that normally is as long as approximately half of its body, also is covered with hair. The ears are great and round and the back legs so developed that they allow them to almost make jumps of a meter of height. Grams weigh around 400-500, less than a rabbit, but they are greater than hámsters and the rats.

Character of the chinchilla

The chinchillas are very sociable, intelligent and for this they manage to develop interesting relations with people because they look for the company of the human being and want to play with him. Generally they are animal nocturnes, but also often they have periods of activity during the day, by this adapt to our customs without many problems.

Another interesting aspect to consider is that the chinchilla is a very long-lived rodent compared with other animal of the same family. It has an average life of approximately 15 years and sometimes it can reach the 20 and tip years.

The chinchillas do not have a scent particularly hard and they are possible calmly to be provided with accomodations in our houses.

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Ideal and taken care of atmosphere

Once adopted, it is necessary to take care of these animal of the best possible way, as if they were a cat or a dog. These animal are very active and agile and this must consider to provide suitable surroundings to them.

Generally they lodge in ample cages that are developed vertically. The ideal size of these cages is of 2x2x1m. They need the presence several shelves placed to different heights to take advantage of the vertical size, increasing the space available and allowing that the chinchillas can jump between a shelf and another one.

The part inferior of the cage is covered with a bunk adapted for rodents, free absorbent and of strong scents. It is not necessary to forget to be used to the chinchillas spending some moments of the day outside the cage, trying for avoiding the contact of the animal with which it can be dangerous for him, as electrical cables or objects where they can raise and soon to lower hurting itself.

In order to foment the movement of the animal a wheel of the suitable size can be placed in the cage. On the other hand a small house-nest can be provided that contains straw or hay.

It is very important during the day to offer to the animal the possibility that one becomes sand bathrooms. It is good for leaving at the disposal of the chinchilla a little deep container that contains a specific sand in which the animal is going to rebozar itself with the purpose of to maintain clean its mantle of hair.  It is not recommended to throughout maintain the sand available the day, is sufficient and recommendable to only leave it a half an hour daily one.

It is important also to pay attention to the environmental temperature: in fact, the chinchillas are animal that live in wild state to heights on up to 2000-3000 meters, therefore tolerate the cold, but they run the risk of undergoing a heat flush to temperatures superiors to the 25

°C.

During the period I pack is good for positioning the cage in a fresh site, where there is not direct light, to put “floor tiles? frozen under the cage so that one stays cold, to also put the water to him with ice cubes and hour but I warm up to cool with a ventilator.

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Feeding of the chinchilla

The chinchilla is an animal herbivore that requires a very rich fiber diet. Generally, the hay is the staple and must voluntarily be provided. It must be fresh and of good quality and it is possible to be associated with the specific food for chinchillas.

Fresh vegetables and fruits can be provided to the animal, but in small amounts. Pieces of fruits can be used droughts such as apple, banana or grapes you happen as prizes.

One is not due to absolutely administer to the animal mixtures of grains and fruits droughts, foods that contain milky carbohydrates as it grazes and potatoes, tomatos, eggplants, avocados and products.

If it is desired to realise a change in the diet of the animal is due to make gradually to avoid digestive problems.

 

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