With normal shedding, chinchillas lose small amounts of fur gradually from all over their bodies as the hair ages, falls out, and is replaced by new hair growing underneath.

What does it mean if my chinchilla is shedding?

As new fur grows in, old fur is shed. This helps with temperature regulation. Chinchillas will shed more at the change of seasons. In the spring/summer as temperatures rise, the chinchillas will shed more fur as a way to have better ventilation and air circulation within their coat.

What is chinchilla fur slip?

Fur Slip is the automatic release of patches of fur when a Chinchilla is caught or mishandled. This condition should not be mistaken for shedding, which is a natural process in Chinchillas. Fur Slip is the automatic release of patches of fur when a Chinchilla is caught or mishandled.

Why should chinchillas not get wet?

If a chinchilla gets wet, the fur is so dense that it does an excellent job of holding the moisture in. The fur therefore takes a very long time to dry and, if the moisture stays in it long enough, fungi can start to multiply and cause a skin infection.

Do chinchillas need to be groomed?

Chinchillas are naturally neat animals that self-groom regularly, which means very little supplemental grooming is ever necessary for a healthy pet.

How long do chinchillas live as pets?

10-20 years

Chinchillas are clean, quiet and attractive rodents that don’t smell. They can live for 10-20 years, and they’ve been bred and farmed for their soft, dense fur. They’re quite shy and are more appropriate as pets for adults and older children.

How do you hold a chinchilla?

Adults should pick up Chinchillas by:

  1. Placing one hand under or around the chest area.
  2. Lifting and supporting their hind legs with your other hand.
  3. Holding your Chinchilla close to your body for security.
  4. Keeping your Chinchilla upright to protect their delicate spine.


Do chinchillas like to cuddle?

While chinchillas prefer not to cuddle, they are still very affectionate with their pet parents. They are naturally curious and enjoy being out of their chinchilla cages whenever possible—supervised by their pet parent, of course!

Do chinchillas need a friend?

Chinchillas are naturally sociable animals and live in groups in the wild. That’s why you’ll need to keep your pet chinchilla with at least one other friendly chinchilla, unless advised otherwise by a vet or clinical animal behaviourist.

Can you pull a chinchillas tail off?

While you can pick up your chinchilla this way, that doesn’t mean its tail is invulnerable. You can still easily hurt your pet if you pull its tail or pick it up wrong. You can easily break your chinchilla’s tail, for example. If you hold it nearer the tip than the base, the bones in the tail could break.

Can chinchillas eat bananas?

DO NOT FEED your chinchilla with the following: asparagus, avocado, peas, cabbage, corn, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, rhubarb and rhubarb leaves. Other dangerous foods are banana, sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Can chinchillas eat apples?

Fruits are only to be given as treats as they are high in sugars. Chinchillas can eat small amounts of fruit such as: Apples.

How long can a chinchilla go without a dust bath?

In very hot, humid weather or climates, chinchillas often need access to their dust baths closer to 4 times per week. In cold weather or otherwise dry environments, they may only need to bathe twice a week. It is also important to control the duration during which your chinchilla has access to their bath.

Is it OK to have one chinchilla?

Well, some chinchillas are fine living on their own, while others enjoy the companionship of another chinchilla. Of course, some animals also enjoy close contact, and others want their own space. Your chinchilla’s personality will dictate what he wants, and you may or may not be able to house two of the pets together.

How do you know if your chinchilla is happy?

A chilled chinchilla who has bonded with you will prefer you to sit on the floor and let them hop all over you, while they make little chattering sounds along with some excited tiny squeaks. Some may even enjoy a little snuggling. A really happy chinchilla will popcorn and bounce around excitedly all over the place.

Do chinchillas bite you?

With no escape route available, the chinchilla may bite the threat (often the owner’s fingers). This type of biting is most common if the pet owner tries to reach in suddenly to grab the chinchilla. Chinchillas have long and extremely sharp front teeth. A bite can be severe, deep and painful.

Why do chinchillas pull out their fur?

Boredom: A Chinchilla who lacks stimulation may begin to chew their fur because they’re bored. Medical : A chinchilla who has dental issues my chew at their chest, or pull at their fur on their face to try to find and stop the pain. A skin issue could prompt a chinchilla to chew at their fur.

Why is my chinchilla so itchy?

There are a few possible reasons your chinchilla is itching and scratching. They may have dry skin, a fungal infection, pests, or even be displaying a symptom of stress. Luckily there are ways to help identify which of these possibilities is afflicting your pal and ways to treat them properly.

Do chinchillas like to cuddle?

While chinchillas prefer not to cuddle, they are still very affectionate with their pet parents. They are naturally curious and enjoy being out of their chinchilla cages whenever possible—supervised by their pet parent, of course!

Do chinchillas fur change color?

They are typically born snow-white all over, but their fur can darken as they age until they appear more beige in color. Show pinkwhite Chinchillas maintain their bright white coat even through adulthood. Their ears and tails may have a little gray coloring that is barely noticeable.

What temperature is too cold for chinchillas?

If they are kept in temperatures below 50° Fahrenheit for long periods, they can suffer from respiratory distress or develop hypothermia. Both conditions should be treated promptly with the help of an exotic veterinarian, as hypothermia is deadly to chinchillas.

Can I give my chinchilla a blanket?

Both hay and paper bedding also hold onto heat, which is bad as chinchillas overheat easily. Plus chinchillas don’t need to burrow or use the bedding as a blanket, which means that neither make good bedding options for chinchillas.