Should Know About Buying A Chinchilla
Several pet owners would certainly fall into the
lure of chinchillas. Their description as charming companions and pets can be attributed to the density of
the fur and to the absence of unpleasant odour. They also possess natural socialization skills, thus, any
chinchilla owner would not have any problems in handling and playing with his or her pets.
Chinchillas are available for purchase from
breeders or pet stores. When you purchase one from either place,
you're probably getting a reputable one. Beware of those who are
amateur breeders. They try to sell their chinchillas also, but
it's usually in classified advertisements. Personal preferences
decide on whether or not they should buy the pets from breeders or pet stores.
If you do buy one from a pet store, make sure that
facility has a reputable following. The employees there should be knowledgeable about what you're looking to
buy. They should also be able to offer you tips and suggestions to keep your pet healthy. If you're looking
more on the breeding side, you should get one from a breeder. They will be able to advise you on the
different aspect of breeding, etc.
Buying a chinchilla from a pet store is not
without its risks. It's been noted that some pet stores take
chinchillas that can't be bred or the skin can't be removed. If
you are considering one of these pets from the pet store, ask about the breeders and related sources, along
with a history of how they were raised. This way, if they have
any problems, you'll know up front.
Then you can decide whether or not you want to
still take on the task. If you can' insist a breeder in your area, then a pet store is probably your only
recourse. If you have to get one from the pet store, ask how long have they been in the store's care. If you
do decide to buy one from there, consult with the employees about getting a contingency agreement. This
agreement allows you to return the pet if they don't pass a checkup. You would also get a refund from your
There are other factors to consider before buying
a chinchilla. Make sure your are prepared to take care of the animal. This is something you have to be
committed to and it takes time for them to nurture and develop. Check and make sure that the chinchilla is
healthy. Check out their entire body for any abnormalities. The animal's cage should be clean. If it isn't,
it may mean that it wasn't taken care of properly. The chinchilla may be disturbed and irritable if it has
been paired up with different animals, such as birds or rabbits. This throws off their system during the day
because chinchillas are night owls.
If you do buy a chinchilla, get one that is at least four months old.
Anything younger than three months is not ready to be trained. Look at the overall body condition - chinchillas
should be neither fat nor skinny, with no swellings. Make sure the animal is in a cage that is located in a dry
area. They need to be somewhere where they don't have direct exposure
to the sun. They need to be away from heat and humidity because it can
cause them harm. If you find that the chinchilla has a nervous
tendency when you get close to it, it may be a sign of being nervous and scared. It's difficult to use these type of pets.