Like humans, chinchillas need water. Their water should be fresh and changed daily. This is crucial because if this is not followed, bacteria can grow and it
would affect the chinchilla's health. It's not a good idea to
have chinchillas drink from standing water in a bowl.
They'll be sure to catch bacteria that way. Also, they may
accidentally tip the bowl over and then you have a wet mess.
Chinchilla fur doesn't do too well if it gets wet, and you wouldn't want to have to deal with wet chins on a
daily basis. A preferred vehicle for drinking water would be a water bottle. Water should be given in a gravity driven bottle with a medal spout that
hangs on the side of the cage.
If you do use a water bottle, it should be cleaned
thoroughly to avoid any germs or bacteria. Clean the entire
bottle with hot water and have another one on stand-by. The
chinchilla will drink the water more if nothing has been added to it. So, if you want your pet to drink plenty of water, it should stay as it
Since Chinchillas will chew, if the bottle is plastic, it should be hung on the outside of the cage with only the
medal spout sticking through the cage. If any of the plastic is reachable by the chinchilla, it should be protected
with something such as wire mesh.
Make sure the water bottle is tight no leaks
or spills, the first sign of a leak change the bottle, you really don’t want to take the chance of
your chinchilla getting wet and having their fur mould up. Make sure their water stays fresh, the bacteria
that sits in water is not good for their systems.
Water bottles should be changed and cleaned daily with soap to avoid bacterial build-up. Be sure to thoroughly
rinse the soap out from the bottle.
are several type of water bottles on the market today. The most common type has a ball valve in the end of
the drinking tube, these are notorious for leaking and emptying themselves. The quality of the ball-valve
type really does determine the performance of the bottle. The cheaper the bottle, usually the worst they will
do and you will end up with a flood in the bottom of your cage. These bottles need to maintain a proper
vacuum in the top portion of the bottle and will leak if that vacuum is compromised or if the bottle is not
full enough. There are other types that have either a spring-loaded lever valve or just the little lever
valve. These do not leak as bad as the ball valve type but are a little more expensive, not to mention that
some chinchillas do not like them.
importantly water bottles must be kept clean and be checked on a daily basis. At least once a week they should be washed out with hot soapy
water. A bottle cleaning brush is a good investment for anyone
with chinchillas, it cuts down on bottle cleaning time dramatically. The bottles should be thoroughly rinsed after washing. Keeping the water bottle full of good, clean water is a daily
task. If anything is ever floating around in the bottle or algae
starts to grow in it, wash it out immediately. A good chinchilla food is
Kaytee Fiesta Chinchilla Food size: 2.5 Lb .
water you give your chinchilla should be as clean as possible and free of bacteria and other
contaminants. It's probably best to stay away from tap water or
well water just to prevent any bacterial infections from occurring. Tap water can contain fluoride and other chemicals that may be in doses low
enough to not harm humans but be dangerous for small animals like the chinchilla. You may want to check at your local water company to see if they know of
any harmful chemicals that could make chinchillas sick.
people think that the chinchillas must have some minerals in their water to really be a type of supplement
for the chinchillas, this would mean giving them mineral water or spring water. Since chinchillas get the
vast majority of their nutrients from their food, this isn't completely necessary. It isn't going to hurt
them, by any means, if they drink water that has a only a low concentration of the minerals. Calcium and
magnesium make up most of the mineral content in water, they are the white stuff that is remaining after all
the water has evaporated or has boiled away.
bottled, purified water is just fine for chinchillas as is reverse osmosis or distilled water. They don't need the expensive bottled mineral waters and shouldn't be given
carbonated water (this could really cause problems-use only flat water!) However, if you are sure that the water you are giving them is clean and
contaminant free, then it's probably going to be just fine.
last resort (or maybe a first), the water may be boiled to kill any bacteria. This is pretty highly effective at making water safe for chinchillas and