Pets can be extremely therapeutic and helpful for all families. Apart from teaching you how to become a more responsible adult, a pet will become a new member of your family with full rights.
But if you don’t want to deal with daily walks or constant visits to the veterinarian, you may want to adopt a rodent better than a cat or a dog. Most rodents are easy to handle and less expensive than bigger pets. In addition, they’ll be easier to drop to your friends if you plan on going on vacations.
Chinchillas could prove great companions, as they are very loving creatures and will easily attach to their owners. But, before adopting a chinchilla pet, it would be best to know some facts about them.
They are nocturnal creatures
Similar to all other rodents, chinchillas are mainly active during the night, so they may not represent the best pets for children or people with an early morning routine.
You shouldn’t place their cage near your bed to avoid noisy situations. Also, make sure you find the best cage for chinchillas as they are quite picky and require plenty of space and entertaining possibilities.
In addition, avoid placing the cage in direct sunlight or in environments where it’s too hot. Chinchillas do best in dry, dark and chilly environments, with temperatures around 59-77 degrees Fahrenheit.
They are compassionate and social animals
You rarely find animals more compassionate than chinchillas. Both males and females are extremely attentive with babies and, if a female chinchilla cannot produce milk, another one will offer to feed the babies herself. In addition, as opposed to almost all other rodents, male chinchillas will not attack or kill babies but, on the contrary, will look after them.
Another interesting fact about chinchillas is that they are very social creatures and rarely manage to live on their own. Thus, it would be a good idea to find a partner for your chinchilla as they best live in pairs. However, if you’re adopting two chinchillas of opposite sexes, you should keep them separated in the first two-three months.
Female chinchillas reach sexual maturity at 8 weeks of age but they are not fully capable to reproduce and feed the babies until they’re three-six months old.
They have unique defense mechanisms
By far the most interesting thing about chinchillas is that they are the animals with the thickest fur in the world. Because of that, most insects and parasites, including fleas and lice cannot live in the chinchilla’s fur because they would suffocate.
But their thick fur also acts as a unique defense mechanism against predators. When grabbed by a predator, chinchillas have the unique ability to lose a large amount of fur, allowing them to easily escape.