Chinchillas are not easy or mildly easy to take care of. They are a lot more work than a dog, cat or a hamster etc. There are alot of rule to follow when owning a Chinchilla to keep them healthy. If you committed to your pet then there great but if you want any easy pet they're not for you.I am planning on buying a Chinchilla in a few weeks, and I want to know if they are easy or mildly easy to take care of.
Are they ever mean?
How much do they cost you per month for supplies?
You can buy a cage smaller than 24" x 24" x 24" but its not recommend. Chins like to jump and need room to do so.PokeyPokey said:You can buy a cage smaller than 24" x 24" x 24". We don't even have any cages that big and all of our chins are happy and healthy. People who own chins strictly as pets most times like to buy bigger cages but your chin will not die if it's in a smaller cage.
Once you get into a routine with your chins (and they LIKE routine) it's fairly easy to care for them. It's just learning everything in the beginning and you and your chin(s) getting used to each other. Our chin chores are pretty much second nature to us.
We wake up in the morning, feed and water.
Check routinely during the day.
At night before we go to bed we water, feed and hay.
Once a week we clean cages, give dust baths and vacuum and dust(taking all the dust OFF) the room. We also give new chew toys and wash water bottles at this time.
During the day or at our bed time is when we give attention. There are some sites that say not to touch your chins during the day because they're nocturnal and that's NOT true. Heck, during the day they are more sleepy and less prone to jump out of your hands.