The chinchilla is a very good companion, as long as it can offer it the tranquility it needs, but also a real presence during its working hours because it is a very sociable animal. But where can you find chinchillas to adopt or buy? What are the criteria for choosing a healthy chinchilla?
Favor breeding in the pet store for your chinchilla
You will of course find chinchillas to buy in pet stores. However, these entities are only intermediaries between you and the farms. And the latter, usually large in size, hardly take the time to accustom chinchillas to human handling from an early age. The animals are therefore a little more “wild” and you will need more time for them. tame. In addition, in pet stores, the age and sex of the animal are approximate data. If you adopt multiple chinchillas, you risk them breeding when you didn’t want them to. You can even adopt a pregnant female without realizing it, then having to manage a birth at short notice. Finally, animals are less controlled and it is possible to buy a sick animal.
It is therefore advisable to turn to a quality farm, which sells its animals to individuals. Animal tracking is guaranteed, the breeders can give you precise information on the parents of the little one, the age of the animal and its antecedents. These farms accustom their little chinchillas to the human presence and they grow up there in good health.
Choosing your chinchilla farm
Choosing a specialized breeding is a guarantee of quality. Indeed, the breeder has developed an in-depth knowledge of these animals, of what it is possible to do in terms of reproduction and has carried out rigorous selection work. Farms that sell chinchillas among other animals are less able to quickly identify possible morphological abnormalities, health or character issues, as are individuals who donate their chinchillas. Specialists ensure the quality of the animals they breed.
You may be tempted to agree to being given a chinchilla as a favor, but it may turn into gift poisoned if the animal is sick: veterinary costs can quickly become high depending on the severity of the disease developed. However, it is possible to ask that a professional, a veterinarian or a breeder, examine the animal and inform you specifically about its health: you will thus accept the animal knowingly.
Choosing the right chinchilla
A chinchilla ready for adoption is a weaned chinchilla. Babies are removed from their mothers after 8 weeks. This step is stressful for the little ones, this is why it is preferable not to separate the siblings so that they experience this pivotal moment as a family. They should not be separated from the mother sooner, otherwise they could exhibit behavioral problems and develop abnormally. But this should not be done later because the young will continue to suckle and eventually exhaust the mother, until a fatal outcome.
However, they are not independent and cannot yet join a new household. A transition period of around 1 month is necessary for them to learn to fend for themselves. This is done through contact with older chinchillas.
A chinchilla can be adopted from the age of 3 months, provided it weighs at least 250 grams.
A chinchilla in healthy must have :
- The behind clean, otherwise it means that he is suffering from diarrhea without you knowing whether the cause is serious or not,
- Dry eyes and nose, no discharge, no scab,
- A shiny and soft coat, very uniform, that is to say without lack.
A chinchilla is naturally curious, although it is very cautious.
Originally, the chinchilla is bluish gray (called purple). But now you have the choice: today, nearly 13 different shades are identified. You will find white ones, some with red eyes and pink ears (pink white). A lot of selection work has been done to also obtain cream (ebony) and black (velvet) shades.
One or more chinchillas?
You can adopt only one animal. You should be aware, however, that this is a choice you cannot go back to beyond the animal’s first year of life. The chinchilla supports the solitude, provided you take care of it enough. As he gets older, he gets used to his condition and you will not be able to introduce a new companion to him if he is over a year old because he will no longer agree to share his territory.
If you choose to take multiple chinchillas, there are a few rules to follow. The first is to observe a health quarantine of at least one month. This is the only way to protect other animals from contact with an animal that may be carrying germs or disease. In addition, separation is necessary so that the animals get used to each other, before moving to a real cohabitation. Each chinchilla’s crates should not be placed too close as they are able to fight through bars and injure themselves if there is contact. You will take the time to exchange the toys and the sandboxes at first, to exchange the smells, then to organize times of confrontation on neutral ground (odorless), initially brief and progressively longer, before to place the animals all together in a single, previously cleaned and disinfected box. You will quickly know if the chinchillas accept cohabitation.
If you do not want your chinchillas to mate, carefully select individuals of the same sex. If you want reproduction, the female must be agedat least 9 months, otherwise she risks dying during her gestation.