How To Keep Chinchilla Coats
Chinchilla coats have to stay healthy and
clean. In order to do that, your pet chinchilla must have dust
baths on a regular basis. The dust baths also help to keep their
coats silky, shiny and keeps the coats looking thick. Your pet
enjoys these types of baths because they get to roll and flip in the dust. As long as they get to move around, they're fine, hence the reason for
rolling and flipping in the dust.
The best type of bath dust to use should be bought
from the store. A good dust to try is
All Living Things Small Animal Blue Cloud Dust size: 13 Oz.That is because
the product is tailor made for chinchillas. As they roll and flip in the dust, the dust infiltrates through
the coat and goes in their skin. This causes the dust to soak up oil and dirt from their fur. The bath dust
for your pet should reach several inches deep in a container.
Make sure the bath dust you purchase is
specifically tailored for your pet chinchilla. You risk not having the same effect on your pet if your
purchase something other than bath dust. Chinchilla bath dust should work similar to what they would have in
For a container, you can use a heavy bowl that
won't tip over. Get one that is larger than your
pet. Some good suggestions are glass fish bowls or
canisters. Another suggestion is a plastic house type
container. This type of container should have a round
bottom. You should put the bath in the chinchilla's cage each
evening as the chinchillas are moving around.
You can't bathe your pet chinchilla too much with
the dust bath. This can cause their skin to dry out. The dust should not be left in the cage because the animal will sit in it
and utilize it as a litter box. Give your pet a dust bath at
least twice a week. It's better to administer it in the evening,
when they're the most active.
However, if you determined that your pet's fur
looks dull or moist, you can give them the bath more than twice a week. Of course, when it gets hot and
humid, your pet should get more frequent baths. The baths should last about 10 - 15 minutes. If you find that
your pet's skin is dried out, flaky or itchy, cut back on the frequency of the dust bath.
The bath dust can be reused several times before
changing. After you've bathed your pet, check for any waste and
scoop it out. You should also use fresh bath dust if you find
the current dust to look dirty or clumpy. Throw it out and use a
fresh batch of dust. You may find it useful to try a covered
bath, but the downside is that your pet will still move around and shake off the dust. So a covered bath may actually defeat the purpose. You should get a good duster and continue to provide regular