Chinchillas living in their natural habitat at the Andes Mountains in South America can live for 10-20 years. Chinchillas in the wild live in rock holes or crack and need to hunt for their own food. Stress to survive leads to a short life.
Chinchillas are good pets, but they are not for everyone. Chinchillas are exotic they are more difficult to care for than other animals.
In the wild, chinchillas must also defend themselves against natural predators like cats, eagles, owls and many other predators.
Many people choose Chinchillas as their pets for their longer life expectancy.
When kept at home, the pet is provided with sufficient supplies and nutrition. They will also receive medical help quickly when they are injured or ill. All these factors give them a good boost to their health and their life expectancy increases.
However,some chinchilla owners lose their pets before 15 years, If the living condition is below average. A domestic Chinchilla may also suffer in terms of health. This is especially when the owner lacks knowledge on how to properly care for a chinchilla.
Are Chinchillas Vicious?
Chinchillas are nonviolent pets it is possible to keep. They have gentle nature, a bite from chinchilla can hurt you but won’t be dangerous. They are not even a danger towards children.
Chinchillas are obedient and nervous by nature. They prefer to avoid fights and they seem aggressive only when they feel danger or they need to defend themselves.
Chinchilla’s teeth are their primary weapons. It has long and sharp incisors. They use these teeth to break plant roots and to defend themselves. As compared to other animals chinchilla’s are different in terms of their teeth. Other animals usually use their canines to defend themselves or to attack other animals.
Chinchillas are very calm and nonviolent animals. They don’t fight, instead of it they will prefer to
- Running away and hiding
- Making loud noises
- Standings on its hinds to look bigger
- Spray urine at you
If they are unable to do these things then they will bite or attack you.
Do Chinchillas bites painful?
Yes, chinchillas bite will hurt you, it is painful but chinchillas bites are not serious. But it becomes serious when you do not treat it properly and stop them from getting infected.
Infection occurs when bacteria enters a wound. You don’t need to do anything unusual, don’t even need to consult a doctor, you have to wash your wound and flush it out with saline solution or you can also use any other antiseptic which keeps your skin safe.
Do Chinchillas scratches hurt?
If your chinchillas scratches you then do not get panic.It’s not angry with you, nor does it feel defensive. Chinchillas scratches may hurt you but they do not always scratch you to defend themselves. Their bite is not so painful, it’s the same feeling like biting a nail.
Chinchillas have the softest fur than any other animals. Their fur is so dense. For comparison two human hairs grow out of every follicle, but chinchillas have 80 hairs per follicle,Cuddling chinchillas is a great fun because their fur is so soft. You have to be careful while cuddling because they have very fragile bones.
Chinchillas are Tropical Pets
They are more difficult to care for than chinchillas as compared to chinchillas because chinchillas are exotic. They have exacting requirements that you might not expect. For example, you can’t get them wet, as their fur is so thick that it can’t get dry easily. Another aspect of this problem is that vets for exotic pets are more difficult to come by. And if you can’t get your chinchilla an exotics vet, your regular family vet might not have the experience with them to spot common conditions that affect them.Pet shop owners can similarly give bad advice which applies to other rodents, but not to exotic chinchillas. Because they aren’t familiar with chinchillas, they can suggest the wrong kind of food, or the wrong size cage, so it’s difficult to know where to turn for advice.
How to bath Chinchilla?
Chinchillas take dust baths, not water baths, although it is possible to bathe a chinchilla in water.They do not like to have water baths.
It should only be considered in extreme cases, e.g. in severe infestations, for rescue chinchillas with dirty fur, or if a chinchilla is experiencing heat stress or hypothermia and a bath at an appropriate temperature would help. To bathe a chinchilla, fill a washing up bowl with one or two inches of water and place your chinchilla into it. Use dilute shampoo to ensure it gets through your chinchilla’s thick fur. Ensure that the water is a suitable temperature (12-18°C) as your chinchilla can develop heat stress or hypothermia from being bathed.
Are Chinchillas Friendly Pets or not?
Chinchillas are very obedient and friendly. They very rarely bite, and can learn to tolerate and eventually enjoy human company.
This friendliness has a downside. They are nervous as well as being obedient. That means they try to avoid what they perceive as threats and conflict. As your chinchilla doesn’t know you when you first meet it, it will try to avoid contact with you: it won’t enjoy being picked up or cuddled, and it won’t want to sit on your lap. If you make it feel constantly threatened, it will use one of several defense mechanisms, like spraying or biting. Over time, most chinchillas would learn to like you. It will then show signs of affection and trust, and will be friendly like other pets are.
That doesn’t mean, though, that there’s no such thing as a defensive or aggressive chinchilla. Chins can bite, can feel defensive when cornered, and can be nervous or aggressive with strangers. Part of this is due to the chinchilla’s nature, and part of this is due to the owner’s sensibility.