Chinchillas can be great pets, however they do have very specific housing and dietary needs. They can live from between 12 to 20 years - that's a huge commitment! Before you buy a chinchilla you need to be sure you have the time, space and money to ensure your chinchilla has a happy, healthy life.
If you are looking at getting a chinchilla as a first pet for your children, consider whether this is the right pet for your situation. Make sure you think about everything before you commit to chinchilla ownership.