Originally Posted by Silverpawz
First, do they do better in pairs for company? Or is it okay to only have one?
It depends. Some chins do better in pairs, some prefer to be alone. Some chins will NOT live with another chinchilla of the same sex, and I would strongly recommend against keeping two of the opposite sex unless you've done a lot of research on breeding and have a mentor to help you.
How big of a cage do you all reccommend?
This is my favorite cage site. The townhome would probably be the smallest I'd go for two chins. The condo would be ok for single a chin who got a lot of playtime outside the cage. Bigger is obviously better, so get the Mansion if you can.
What kind of routine vet care do they need?
Yearly checkups are about it. I always recommend a visit within a day or two of purchase, then yearly after that to ensure the chinchilla is healthy. There are no vaccines, etc. to worry about.
How affectionate can I expect one to be provided it recieves a good amount of attention and handleing? (although I do realize they all have thier own personalities so it's hard to say for sure)
I have some who will hop right out of the cage to me, and others who would sooner pee in my face. It REALLY depends. The best you can do is spend a ton of time with your chin and get it used to you. It may take time, it may not. Just remember these aren't cuddly pets - they won't sit and just hang out with you.
How early should I contact a breeder to express interest in one once I know the date of my move? (I'll probably be ready to get one a couple weeks after moving) I know for puppies it's reccommended to contact breeders months in advance, not sure for Chins.
I'd say at least a month in advance for a medium size breeder, earlier the smaller they are if you have a certain color in mind, etc.
I'm assuming it would be better to get two babies from the same litter?
If you want to try a same sex pair, this would indeed be the way to go. Young chins will sometimes bond well even if not from the same litter, but then you have to consider a month of quarantine if they're from different breeders, etc.
Honestly I'd be happy with any color, but I do love the look of the white ones. What's the term for that color?
The white and grey ones are called Mosaics, for the most part. There are several mutations of the white gene, so it depends.
Please ask if you think of anything else! Best of luck!