Date: July 20th, 2011

Chinchillas’ long tail, large eyes and ears make it an easily recognizable animal. Despite its appearance, this pet is best known for its extremely soft fur. The soft, silky fur can be a bit misleading though – it takes time and interaction before a chinchilla will allow you to pick it up. If you are willing to put in time and effort, chinchillas will reward you with a strong bond and a lifelong pet.


Chinchillas are nocturnal animals that love to jump, climb, and chew. For more facts, read on:



Size: 10 - 14 inch body – 6 to 8 inch tail

Weight: 1 – 1 ½ pounds

Lifespan: 15 – 22 years


The chinchilla is part of the rodent family and is related to guinea pigs, mice, rats, squirrels, beavers, and porcupines.


Chinchillas communicate through a series of chirps, squeaks, and peeps depending on their mood.


Chinchillas are usually kept alone – if housed together, a much larger cage is needed.


Their thick, soft coat requires frequent dust baths to maintain.


Chinchillas come in many variances of color including: white, silver, black, black velvet, beige, brown, brown velvet, sapphire, violet, gold, and a few mixed combinations of each color. The most common color is light to dark gray; this is called piebald.




Chinchillas require a diet of Timothy Hay, pellets, and water. Treats such as fruit, single raisins, and commercially available treats can be offered.


Make sure your chinchilla has unlimited access to Timothy Hay. In its natural environment, Chinchillas graze on grasses and cacti.




Like all rodents, chinchilla’s front upper incisors grow throughout the animal’s life. To keep the teeth worn and clean, Timothy Hay, and proper toys and treats are necessary.


Chinchilla’s large eyes can become susceptible to injury so be sure to remove sharp objects from the cage.


Due to the thick coat, overheating can occur if the proper temperature is not provided. Ideal temperatures range from 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit with less than 50% humidity. Try the Chinchilla Chiller to provide a cool spot in the cage.




Chinchilla’s natural environment is a highly elevated area that is very rocky with high ledges and fissures. This has led to chinchillas becoming very adapt at jumping and climbing.


Thus, a chinchilla’s cage should contain numerous climbing ledges and a sleeping den. Multilevel floor cages are best suited, and minimum size requirements are 24" wide x 24" long x 24" high.


Bedding should be provided on the bottom of the cage. An exercise wheel can be provided to offer additional exercise.


An exercise pen will allow extra space for your chinchilla to roam around.



If you have any further questions, email them to, or visit your local CountryMax store today!

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