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June 16, 2022 by Umair Shahid

Bringing home your pet is very exciting! But besides excitement, there are other things you have to consider before bringing them home. These include preparing in advance, quarantine time, taming your chinchilla, interaction with pets, etc.

You have to be prepared before bringing your pet home. Make sure that the food for your pet is ready, the cage has been bought, and the water bottle has been washed.

In addition to this, you should decide the location where you have to place your pet’s cage in advance.

In the first few days, your pet will remain stressed because of the new environment. So, you should remain prepared in advance to handle them gently.

A new environment can scare your pet to death even. You have to prepare things accordingly. I’ve experienced it myself, so I know the best way to go through it.  Keep reading and you will too.

Bringing home a Chinchilla

Before bringing them home, I would suggest you make sure that you have bought all their essentials and accessories.

If you have decided to adopt a new chin then also make certain that you have done everything to provide the appropriate environment.

As they are already new to your home’s environment and stressed, don’t keep them in a noisy area it can cause further anxiety in them.

Let’s discuss all the points that you have to ponder before bringing your chinchilla home.

Reaching Home

After a long journey, you and your pet might be exhausted. But besides tiredness, the moment has finally reached for which you have waited a lot. Your pet has reached its destination.

Don’t rush immediately after putting them in a cage. You have to remain patient so that your pet can trust you. Remember that it is a new environment for your pet, especially if they are in a new cage.

You have to provide them clean and calm environment. Furthermore, you have to interact less with your pet at the start. Let him familiarize himself with the cage and the environment first.

At the start, you might figure out that your pet is barking at you, shedding his fur, or not eating. If you have other pets in your home, you have to quarantine your Chinchilla for a month at least.

Putting them in a separate cage, in a separate room is the best option. Moreover, before and after handling your pet wash your hands.

I know it is the hardest time when you have your pet near your but can’t interact with him. But for their comfort, you should give them time to get used to their environment.

Interaction with your Chinchilla

After a month of quarantine, it’s time to interact with them. Try not to cuddle them or handle them immediately after bringing them home.

 When they get used to their cage and environment, try to interact with them gradually. Let them discover their new world first. When they get used to your voice, they will start knowing you.

Chinchillas are very curious by nature, so let them end their curiosity. First, place them out of their cage then, don’t try to rush in eagerness. Let them sniff your hands and get used to your smell too.

You can offer them treats but without forcing them. This will make him trust you. Put the treat on the palm of your hand and offer them. If they approach you, then the good news is they start trusting you.

Then your first meeting is on the way. You can handle them gently, but don’t force them if they are not responding.

Then, after some days if they start feeling secure around you, try to bring them close. Make your bond stronger day by day.

Chinchillas don’t like to be handled, so avoid doing so unless and until they come to you by themselves.

Furthermore, don’t put them in a cage all the time when they get used to their environment, allow them to run and jump and discover their new home.

Food

If you are satisfied with the pellets they were given previously, then well and good. But if you are not, then don’t change their food suddenly. It can lead to several health issues.

 Firstly, you have to mix only one-fourth of the new pellets and three-fourth of the old pellets. Then gradually make this ratio one-half-one-half. Then, add three fourth of the new pellets and one-fourth of the old pellets.

Then you can completely replace the old ones with the new pellets. Hay of all brands is almost the same. You can entirely replace the hay in a single day. It won’t affect your pet’s health according to my experience.

Train them gently

Yes! You can tame your pet, but not forcefully. This action requires a lot of patience. When they do something that they shouldn’t, a single ‘No’ would not be affected.

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Don’t be harsh on them and don’t stop them forcefully. It takes a lot of patience to train them, still, it can be ineffective. It entirely depends upon your pet’s nature.

If you have children, teach them to consider your pets as living beings. Don’t push or pull them like they are toys. Otherwise, your pet will never get attached to you.

Other pets

Don’t dare to allow your Chinchilla to play with other pets. It is the worst idea because of many reasons. The main thing that you should think about is, that Chinchilla is a prey animal. Other pets like cats, dogs, etc are predators.

Your pet can get stressed even if other pets just sit near them. The things that won’t harm cats, dogs, and even rabbits can kill your Chinchilla.

A single attacking move by other pets can make your Chinchilla reach its grave. If not injured, then certain diseases can be transferred to your Chinchilla by other pets.

Most rabbits carry Pasteurella that won’t harm rabbits, but it can be fatal for Chinchilla. In addition to this, dogs and cats carry Bordetella, pink eyes, and ringworms even.

Your pet can suffer a lot because of your little negligence. So should keep them safe by keeping them away from other pets.

FAQs

Q  Can you place your Chinchilla’s cage where direct sunlight falls?

Chinchillas are social animals but they need a quiet and cool place. Placing their cage in direct sunlight is not a good option, because they can acclimatize to the normal temperature of your house but direct sunlight can overheat them. As a result, it can even cause heatstroke.

Q  Should I allow my Chinchilla to play near other pets?

Don’t dare to allow your Chinchilla to play with other pets. A single attacking move by other pets can make your Chinchilla reach its grave. If not injured, then certain diseases can be transferred to your Chinchilla by other pets.

Most rabbits carry Pasteurella that won’t harm rabbits, but it can be fatal for Chinchilla. In addition to this, dogs and cats carry Bordetella, pink eyes, and ringworms even.

Q  Should I change the brand of pellets immediately after bringing them home?

It’s not a good idea to change their diet immediately. It can lead to several health complications. You should change their pellets gradually.

 First by mixing the old pellets three forth and new pellets one forth. Then increase this ratio to one-half new pellets and one-half old ones. Then, add one-fourth old pellets and three forth new pellets.

Conclusion

Bringing home your pet is very exciting, but you have to prepare everything for them in advance. Furthermore, you should start interacting with them gradually. First, allow them to discover their new world.

After bringing them home, keep their cage in a quiet and calm place. You have to quarantine them for at least a month. They have to get used to their new environment and new cage.

In addition to this, allow them to get used to your smell as well as your voice.

Leave them in quarantine for a month at least. Then start interacting with them gradually. First, offer them a treat and then handle them gently.

If they don’t show any interest, don’t force them. Don’t change the brand of their pellets immediately. At first, add only a small amount of new pellets into the old ones. Then increase this amount slowly.

Taming a Chinchilla is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and patience to train them. It entirely depends upon the nature of your pet. Don’t force them.

Don’t allow your Chinchilla to play with other pets. As their small move can injure or even kill your pet. In addition to this, they can transmit certain diseases to your pet.

Many rabbits carry Pasteurella which can be very fatal for your pet. Some dogs and cats can transmit ringworms, Bordetella, and pink eye even.

I would recommend you to interact with them slowly. Gaining the trust of your pet should be your first choice after providing them with all its essentials.

Author

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.

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