Are Chinchilla’s for You?
So now you’ve heard The Story of Tripod and Sebastian! But we’re guessing you might have a lot of questions about chinchillas as pets. Read on!
Chinchillas have many characteristics that make them great pets. They are boisterous little animals with personalities similar to that of a park squirrel. They are active, playful and, when handled gently from a young age, become quite tame and can bond closely with their owners. They are very low-maintenance and easy to train. However, they are not well suited for younger children because they are small and fragile and if squeezed too tight – they will bite. They need to be handled and petted often when they are young or they grow up to be skittish and aggressive.
These cute little guys with beautiful soft, lush fur live about 12 to 22 years. Their bodies measure about 10 to 14 inches with a tail that adds another 5 or 6 inches. Another plus is that, unlike other rodent pets, chinchilla’s do not develop an unpleasant smell. Chinchilla’s also do not make any loud, obnoxious noises.
Chinchillas can be kept singly, but usually do fine as part of same-sex pairs– especially if the two chinchillas are littermates or introduced to each other at a young age.