June 29, 2022 by Umair Shahid
If you are thinking to become a pet parent and you have any doubt that whether a chinchilla is a good pet or not. Then your answer is absolutely yes! Chinchillas are wonderful little creatures that make amazing pets but only if you have patience and are not younger than 10 years.
If you are looking for something fluffy that has a unique personality then you are on the right platform. Chinchillas are very delightful yet delicate pets and they can make themselves ideal pets because of their unique personality.
Chinchillas are quite furry for their good. These little creatures are exotic pets and thus they are not suitable for young children, especially under the age of 10.
Before telling you guys the reasons for keeping chinchillas as a pet I am drawing your attention to the fact that chinchillas are good pets for the right person only.
If you are pretty serious to brought this creature to your home, then I am going to tell you the reasons why you should keep a chinchilla as a pet and why this creature will not suit you. So give a further read and know to whom this creature suits.
Chinchillas are nocturnal rodents. They love to play, run, and are friendly. Meanwhile, chinchillas are skittish pets and are not likely to be disturbed and thus are not suitable for children. They can be amiable, so have to remain patient while taking care of your pet.
Reasons why you should adopt a chinchilla as a pet
So without any further delay, we are moving straight toward the reasons why one should own this little cute furry creature.
Chinchillas require a simple diet.
Chinchillas are herbivores and require a diet that is simple and rich in fibers. These little chins don’t require complex foods, but that doesn’t mean that we can give anything to them. Their dietary needs should be fulfilled. Their diet is low maintenance but should contain less sugar.
These little creatures have sweat teeth so a high Amount of treats can do more harm than good. They usually eat pellets and hay should be available 24/7 for them. They have teeth that grow continuously so something chewable should be always available to them.
They have a long lifespan.
Chinchillas have an average lifespan of 12-15 years or even more. If you take proper care of your pet then this lifespan can increase up to 20 years. So this is a long-term commitment for a pet parent who emotionally attaches to his pet. So if you want a strong and long-lasting bond with your little chin then go for a chinchilla without a second thought.
This pet is perfect for a pet parent who wants years of companionship. So, if you are looking for this type of bond with your pet then I would recommend you to adopt a chinchilla as a pet.
Chinchillas are the perfect pet for working owners.
If you are a working person and cannot devote enough time to your pet then I would suggest you go for a chinchilla. That’s because chinchillas are nocturnal animals which means they are active at night or dusk and dawn. They are mostly sleepy during day time. So you can do your work or job without any worry.
Meanwhile, after a hectic routine when you have to take a rest during the night time. Your active pet will not disturb you because mostly these pets require large cages which are of course outside your room.
Easy pet care
Unlike other pets, chinchillas are easy pets and are not too hard for their pet parents. They are nocturnal and are active mostly during nighttime. All they need is a high fiber diet like hay and roughage. Pellets are also included in the daily diet of chinchillas.
The second thing they need is large and spacy cages where they can run, jump and explore everything they want. They like dark and hidden places, so there should be a small hut in their cages.
So, these pets require easy care yet these are long-term companions.
Chinchillas mostly don’t prefer to be clingy. Chinchillas can become quite tame and can make a strong bond with you but only if you train them from a very young age. With gentle touching and handling, they can cuddle but mostly they don’t like to be held. Chinchillas are very active and playful creatures that remain active during nighttime and love to sleep during daytime.
These little chins are trainable.
Chinchillas are not cuddly pets but from a very young age if they get trained they can feel comfortable around you. But this thing requires patience. You can’t train them quickly, you have to train them slow and gradually and they will start cuddling with you when they realize that they are safe with you.
If you compel your pet to do cuddling and make aggressive behavior then it will cause them to take stress and anxiety, and unfortunately, this can cause the death of your pet. Moreover, your little chin will lose its fur as a result of a defensive mechanism.
If you are looking for something fluffy and are confused then I would recommend you to go for a chinchilla. Chinchilla’s fur is considered one of the softest fur in the world. These beautiful and small rodents have extremely dense and soft fur.
Unlike other pets, they are not prone to certain diseases caused by mites, fleas, and other insects because these Infectious agents got trapped in the chinchilla’s impermeable dense fur.
Thick fur has only one flaw this makes the pet susceptible to overheating. Temperature greater than 75° F is too much for chinchillas and they can die because of overheating and heatstroke. So you just have to keep them in a cool and air-conditioned area with less humidity.
So, I give you a brief description that why one should adopt a chinchilla as a pet. Now I am going to tell you about the other side of the story. Yes, now I am going to tell you the reasons why you should not go for a chinchilla. So, if you have these reasons, then don’t go for a chinchilla as a pet.
Reasons why you shouldn’t adopt a chinchilla as a pet.
Chinchillas are expensive
Chinchillas are endangered species because wild chinchillas are mostly eaten up by predators, that’s the reason their numbers are rapidly decreasing making them endangered species. This can be the reason for their expensive price, the initial amount of money you have to pay for this exotic rodent is relatively high. Moreover, chinchillas’ nature force you to arrange a large cage with a small hut in it for them. So, if you are looking for something affordable then chinchilla is not a good option.
Chinchillas are good escape artists.
Yes, you have read it right. Chinchillas are very active and smart. If they are outside the cage, then they are very hard to catch, and of course like other rodents their teeth grow continuously so, once you set them free they will chew everything that comes on their way. This could be dangerous for them.
Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures.
Chinchillas are mostly active during the night time and if you are a working person, then they could disturb you at night by making noises and by running and jumping. In addition to this, during day time when you want them to play with you, they will not be interested and will not entertain you and your children. Chinchillas are excellent pets for toddlers.
Chinchillas cannot survive in hot climates.
Chinchillas have very dense fur which makes them susceptible to overheating and heatstroke. They require an almost constant temperature of 75°F. This is not a safe option if you are living in a region that has a hot climate then you have to turn your AC 24/7 and this could be very expensive.
So, because of their fur high and humid temperature make them prone to infections and heat stroke. As a result, your pet can die.
Chinchillas can create a messy and unclean environment.
As chinchillas require hay all the time to eat, this can irritate you if you need a clean environment all the time. The way they eat and spread hay all the time can create a huge mess. Not only hay, but they require Dust baths after some days. This will only add more work to your to-do list.
So, if you don’t want to compromise on the cleanliness of your home and you don’t have patience then a chinchilla should not be your pet of choice.
Q Are chinchillas good pets for children?
It depends upon the age of the child. If a child is older than 10 years then it is a safer option. Because the child is mature enough to respect the needs or mood of the pet.
If a child is younger than 10 years then absolutely not. Chinchillas should always be kept in pairs, otherwise, they can be cruel.
Q Should you get a chinchilla as a first pet?
Yes! They make for a great first pet because it is easy to take care of them and are not hard on working owners. Moreover, chinchillas are the pets of the first choice for the right persons who have patience.
Q What is the lifespan of a pet chinchilla?
If you take proper care of your pet then this little creature can live for even 20 years. But mostly the average lifespan of pet chinchillas is 12-15 years. They are long-term companions for emotional owners who don’t want to lose their pets.
Chinchillas are good pets for people who have patience and who want a long-term commitment with their pets. If you are a working person and cannot give proper time to your pet then I as a veterinarian would recommend you to go for chinchilla because these creatures are pets with easy care.
If you live in an area with a hot climate then there is a big no from me. Your pet will suffer a lot and eventually, it will die because of heatstroke. Still, if you’re willing to adopt a chinchilla as a pet then make sure that you can keep them in an air-conditioned room all day long.
Moreover, if you get irritated by mess then a chinchilla as a pet will irritate you a lot because this small exotic rodent is quite messy.
So I would recommend you to buy chinchilla only if you are familiar with every single detail about chinchilla and only if you know that you are the right person and owner for your pet.
I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and have a keen interest in animal health care. Working as a veterinary content writer, I intend to stay with professional approach in producing quality content. I like research-based reading and currently seeking my veterinary profession. My hobbies are travelling to exotic places and observing nature to the fullest.