How To Keep
Your Chinchilla From Suffering In The Heat
Heat and high humidity are not kind to
chinchillas. Their bodies cannot survive gruelling heat and high
temperatures. Their thickness of their fur is higher than other
animals. In fact, they have the highest thickness of fur than
any land animal worldwide. It is the thickness of their fur that
causes them to be resistant towards heat, especially high heat and humidity. If they come in contact with this, they can suffer from brain damage or
It is important that your pet chinchilla be kept
inside a controlled climate in order to survive. You will need
an air conditioning unit if the temperatures reach 70 degrees or above. The air conditioning unit should also have an auto function, where it will
turn on and off by itself. Having fans is not enough
to cool them. However, a ceiling fan is good for cold air
If your chinchilla takes in too much heat, they
can suffer from heat prostration. Heat prostration is when your
pet is lying on their side with laboured breathing. They feel
like they want to give up because this is too much for them to bear. Don't allow your pet to stay in that position. Pick up the chinchilla carefully and gently. Keep your pet mobile and moving. Provide massages and head rubs. In the interim, while you're still trying to keep your pet going, make sure
you have the temperature lowered; otherwise, they may not make it after all.
Use a cloth and make sure it is not fringed or has
any loose strings. Put it in the freezer to cover your frozen items. Then put your pet in there for few
minute intervals. Leave the door slightly ajar. Put your pet's feet on the cloth so it won't touch the metal
in the freezer. Spray mists of lukewarm or cool water on your pet's body, stopping at the neck. After your
pet becomes alert, use a towel to lightly dry their body. Make sure you're in a cool room while you're doing
this. Provide a dust bath after they are completely dry.
If you keep your chinchilla in the basement, they
will need a dehumidifier. They cannot stay anywhere where the
humidity is high because it will create a fungus, which is harmful. The pet will also need an instrument like a thermometer that measures the
temperature and humidity levels. These levels must be
continuously watched to make sure they stay at a comfortable temperature for your pet.
During the winter season, the temperature should
not be more than 70 degrees. The humidity should not be more
than 80 percent where your chinchilla is existing. The sum of
the two is not to go past 150. If it does, your pet is in danger
for brain damage and death.
Other ways you can keep your chinchilla cool are
providing them with frozen fruit bars. These are good for them
to take small nibbles from. Ice cubes put in a bowl that won't
spill are good, also. Your pet should have a consistent supply
of fresh water. No matter how you do it, make sure that your pet
is properly cared for during the times of heat and humidity.