Chinchilla or also known as Chins is one of the rodent families that can make a great pet. They are perfect for busy person or children since they require less attention compare to the large animal, although you may need to supervise your children when they are interact with this animal since children can easily hurt this very docile and small animal.
They have small body as mouse or hamster with beautiful fur with distinct ears and squirrel like tail. This animal does not have nail or claw, so you will be sure that they would not scratch you or your furniture. Chinchilla is a nocturnal animal, although they can also active during the day.
This small and cute animal is quite playful and smart. Unlike the usual caged animal, chinchilla is very clean, therefore their living area would not get stink as other caged animal.
You can easily find their food in many pet stores. The chinchilla food usually comes in the form of pellet. One of their favorite foods is the raisin. Pet owner can give them a raisin everyday for additional nutrition.
This small creature also likes to clean themselves by taking a dust bath. So, the owner will need to provide special chinchilla dust which they can bought in the pet store, so their chinchilla can clean themselves every few days. Watching them taking a dust bath is quite entertaining as they roll around in the dust box.
One of the unique features from chinchilla is that they have quite long life span. The adult chinchilla can live up to more than 20 years. When it keep as a single pet, chinchilla can easily get attach and bonded with their owner. But, if the owner decides to purchase a pair of chinchillas, this animal will be less bonded with the owner since they will be more bonded to their pair.
So, if you want to keep your chinchilla closely bonded to you, it will be better to keep them as a single rather than a pair.