Chinchilla Breeding - Things You Take Care of

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You will find it amazing andjoyful to have chinchilla pets in your home as they are really adorable creatures. Many people even want to own more than one chinchilla. This article will provide some secrets to look out in keeping more than one pet chinchilla.

If you choose to have other chinchillas of the same gender in one cage, there is a possibility that they may fight with each other. Though social species, often gathering in groups in their natural habitat, they can be territorial and will fight over a preferred space. Since they are also an active bunch, being able to move as much as they can helps in keeping them healthy. Depending on the number of chinchillas you'd like to keep, you may need more than one exercise wheel, and several ramps and ledges for them to leap and run around on. Chinchillas are sensitive to noise and are nocturnal, so having a large enough house (or at least more than one) for them inside the cage to sleep or hide in is important. These helps in making them less agitated. Make sure that the cage is big enough to accommodate all these considerations while still giving your pets enough room to scamper around and leap freely.
Other owners may opt for a mixed tandem, keeping a male and female together in one cage. Chinchillas are just like their hamster and gerbil relatives. They are really active reproductively and can breed anytime in the year. Keeping both genders in one cage will most likely produce an offspring (also termed a 'kit'). When breeding chinchillas, it takes about four months of pregnancy for a female, and the number of kits produced are anywhere between 2 to 6. Be prepared to have even more chinchillas when keeping a male and female mix. Also, keep in mind that to have more females in a male to female ratio is better. Males tend to fight over the attention of a female during mating.
Don't be surprised with the noise your chinchillas can make. Generally active in the evening, your cage will be the source of so much sound at this time. Expect shrill squeaks, teeth chattering, and the sound of them scampering about coming from the cage.
Having more than one chinchilla also means providing more necessities for them. Though their food consists mostly of hay, having treats for them to help train them in doing tricks are always a nice added bonus. Also, to avoid them from crowding while drinking or eating, it would be ideal to have at least two feeding bowls and water bottles. Remember as well that more chinchillas mean more droppings to clean. There are cages that provide a tray for easy changing of bedding. If the cage begins to smell, simply refill the tray with new bedding. Make sure also that the cage is cleaned at least once a month, since these furry creatures are sensitive to bacteria and skin disease. Dust bathing is important for the health of their coats. Even though chinchilla dust can be reused several times, having more chinchillas means changing the dust more often. With more chinchillas, you may need to restock these necessities more than when having a single pet.
Though chinchilla care is more often than not an easy thing to do, having more than one pet needs a little more attention and responsibility. Don't worry, there may be more things to remember and do but they aren't really too difficult if you put your mind to it.

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Marilyn G. Ross has 1 articles online

Marilyn Ross is a proud chinchilla owner and caregiver. She enjoys caring for chinchillas and helping others raise healthy and happy chins. For more information on breeding chinchillas, visit http://www.chinchillacareadvisor.com

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This article was published on 2010/06/30