Chinchilla care

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.

Chinchilla Video

  • Do you have the space for a chinchilla?
  • Would a chinchilla be suitable for children?

  • What size and type of cage should I buy for my chinchilla?
  • What bedding and toys will my chinchilla like?

  • How long do pet chinchillas live for?
  • Do chinchillas prefer to live alone or in pairs?

  • What foods do chinchillas like to eat?
  • Should I give my chinchilla fresh fruit and vegetables?

  • What do I need to buy for my chinchilla?
  • Tips and advice for handling and grooming.

  • Spot the signs of common chinchilla illnesses.
  • Tips on how to do a home health check.

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