Getting a new Chinchilla?

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Getting a new Chinchilla?

Check list Settling in your chinchilla We have a great guide to help you make bringing your chinchilla home stress free and smooth with some handy tips for you to help settle your chinchilla in to their new life happily.  Our check list below will ensure that you have everything for your new chinchillas arrival. Check List Chinchilla cage Large nest house Bedding / nesting material (timothy hay) Substrate / flooring material Chinchilla dust bath Dust Chinchilla nuggets Metal feeding bowl Water bottle Chinchilla hygiene products Mineral stone Granite cooling tile Chinchilla Exercise wheel Toys and boredom breakers Shelving / branches / hammocks Gnawing sticks / treats View our Chinchilla Products section for our range of chinchilla cages, nest houses, bedding, food and toys Visit our Chinchilla Housing section to learn more about chinchilla cages, nesting, bedding, toys and exercise Visit our Chinchilla Feeding section to find out about what foods your chinchilla likes to eat BackTo Top Settling in your chinchilla Once you have brought your chinchilla home its best to leave them alone for a day or so to settle in.  Your chinchilla will be shy at first so they will need this quiet time to adjust to their new surroundings and calm down after travelling. Before you start to handle your chinchilla let them get used to your voice – they are vocal creatures and will respond to you if you talk to them.  Chinchillas can be taught to recognise their own names. Then introduce your hand to the cage so they can become used to your smell. Your chinchilla may come over and sniff or rub against it.  They may even run up your arm like a climbing frame.   Avoid making any sudden movements. Once your chinchilla has become used to you, gently pick them up with one hand supporting their bottom and one hand over their back.  Never try to grab your chinchilla from above as they will think you are a predator.  Hold your chinchilla close to your chest but dont hold them too tight.  If your chinchilla sheds their fur this is a sign that you are holding them too firmly and that they are distressed. When your chinchilla is used to being handled they will soon become docile.  They especially like to be scratched under the chin and behind the ears! BackTo Top