Owning a pet is a great act of responsibility which I encourage people to take even from the earliest ages. Sure, a kid will not always perfectly look after his or her pet, but this is the perfect way to teach your child to look after others that are needier.
And while dogs and cats are demanding and require enough of your time and resources, I suggest starting with smaller pets in exchange. Rodents are extremely popular and most of them don’t require special conditions or too much effort on your behalf.
Although it is not entirely the case with chinchillas, these amazing rodents will easily grow on you and make you squeeze out the latest drop of love you have left. Owning a chinchilla will not be easy, so here is everything you need to know prior and after your acquisition.
Prepare for your chinchilla
The first thing you need to take into account is that owning such a pet will not come cheap. In fact, looking after a chinchilla is costly as they are pretentious rodents that require the best of everything in order to survive and live a happy and full existence.
So, prepare to invest a big part of your savings into buying a comfortable cage and assuring the best meal out there.
Cages are extremely important for chinchillas, so make sure to have a proper one before your pet arrives. Keep in mind that chinchillas are mainly nocturnal animals, so they won’t be too active during the day.
They require a quiet and dark place in your room, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat. Chinchillas tend to be quite loud during the night so if their noises bother you, I suggest keeping the cage as far as possible from your bed.
As for the cage itself, it is best to buy a large one with enough room to wander, stretch, and exercise a little.
The temper of chinchillas
These are beautiful and extremely sensitive creatures that need to be treated accordingly. At first, they are shy and rather introvertive, so make sure to avoid fast moves or large love gestures from the beginning.
Chinchillas tend to very affectionate, caring, and loving, once they trust their owners. The best way to grow on your chinchilla is through small gestures of affection on a regular basis. Allow your pet to approach you on its own terms and do not rush things out.
They will come to you as soon as they are ready, and will give you their full love once they realize there is nothing to be scared of.
Last but not least, chinchillas often need company not to feel alone and bored. It is best to have at least one pair of chinchillas if you want to keep your pets happy but if you cannot afford to look after two such animals at the same time, just make sure to offer your pet constant love and pampering.