How to Groom Your Chinchilla
Chinchilla dust allows your pet to stay clean. If
they were still living in the Andes Mountains, they would have used volcanic ash to stay clean. Oils
and dirt stay in your chinchilla's coat because of the dust. The dust then causes the oil and dirt to be
released from your chinchilla. This is the process of how the chinchilla's fur is cleaned.
A chinchilla's cleanliness relies on regular dust
baths. If they don't have them, they can end up being stressed
which can turn into health issues. They can also suffer from
behavioural issues as well. When it's warm, give
your chinchilla a fresh dust bath every other day for about ten minutes. Their fur will not be matted and greasy. If their fur stays like that, they can get overheated. When it's cold, you should dust bath your pet twice a week. When you're giving your chinchilla a dust bath, cover the cage
with sheets to prevent dust from flying everywhere.
You can give your chinchilla a dust bath every day
if their skin doesn't get dry. They did it when they were
running wild. This may help them especially if their fur is
continuously matted and greasy. You may want to consult a
veterinarian just to be sure.
It's not good to smoke around your
pet. The second hand smoke is detrimental to your pet's health
as it is a human's health. The tar from the cigarette covers
their fur. The chinchilla would be able to taste the smell
because they clean their fur with their mouths. The tar is
ingested in their bodies. You must give a new chinchilla in your
care a wet bath if you find this to be the case for your pet.
Another idea for the dust bath is to mix Arm &
Hammer Baking Soda to the mix. This helps your chinchilla to smell fresh. If your pet is urine-sprayed, wipe
him with a damp cloth and dry them completely with a towel. Then you can administer the dust bath. Usually
the chinchilla learns to roll in the dust bath from their parent. If not, that means that the parent was not
throughout in their training of the pet.
If your pet is sensitive or allergic to dust, you
should wipe their nose. The sensitivity can result from inhaling
particles. You will know this by the chinchilla clearing their
nose. Other symptoms include the eyes watering. You must beware when you see this happening to your pet. It could be a sign of pneumonia or an issue with the respiratory
If your pet is not using the dust bath, give him a
massage every day. Once your pet starts accepting feeling the
cleanliness, he'll use the dust bath on his body. If they still
refuse it, it may mean something more serious, like an injury.
You will know this if they don't move around like they normally do or if they can't roll without feeling
pain. They may also refuse it because of the texture of the dust
bath. Some stores carry a heavier texture than
others. If that's the case, check with the pet store to see if
they have a lighter texture.
However you do it, make sure that your pet feels
clean and fresh at all times.