Chinchillas… the Perfect Pet?

Recently, I started living with my Dad. One of the first rules he laid down was the good ole’ pets rule. He said, “No cats, dogs, or anything that will messy the house up,”. That gave me some good guide lines to follow while looking for a new pet to purchase.

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I did a whole bunch of research on smaller animals. I figured something that could live in a cage would be best. That’s when I came across chinchillas. Pictured above is my 7 month old chinchilla, Myles. I bought him from a chinchilla breeder here in my hometown (I got really lucky!). There are many things I love about chinchillas. For one, they don’t smell. I clean Myles’s cage about once a week, sometimes I let it go a little longer if I get super busy, but even then you would never know I had a animal in my room. Second, they are literally like holding a cloud. It’s the first thing everyone says. Chinchillas are super soft. The third thing I love about chinchillas is how low maintenance they are. With my job, I’m not home a lot of the time, so I can’t always be there to take him out. Unlike other animals, chinchillas have fun being by themselves, but they do like to get out of the cage when they can.

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Chinchillas I think can be a perfect match for most people, but here are a few things to know. They HATE the heat! They are from the Himalayan mountains so they like the cold. In fact, if they are in temperatures past 80, they will overheat, and most likely die. So, if you keep your house warm, then either a Chinchilla is not for you or turn down the thermostat! Second, if you want a cuddly little animal that will snuggle every night, a Chinchilla is not for you. They are active little animals, always on the move. I usually take Myles out in the morning and bring him into bed with me. He’ll usually just run around my bed, play under my sheets, and jump onto the side table next to my bed. Another thing to keep in mind is that they are nocturnal animals. That’s not to say they won’t play during the day, though. I can take Myles out at any part of the day and he’ll play with me, but at night he is VERY active, especially on his wheel. They are super low cost animals. I usually buy him a big bag of bedding which will last me months, a medium size bag of food which lasts me about 2 months, a few chew toys, some snacks and other accessories. All in all, its about $20 a month, (IF that) aside from the months you’ll have to buy bedding, which will be about every 6 months to a year, depending on the size bag of bedding you get. Starting off, chinchillas are priced by color. Some chinchillas have “rare” colors of fur, so they are more expensive. I got Myles for $150. Cages run all types of prices. I usually see decent ones for around $200.

I hope I’ve opened your eyes to the world of chinchillas. They are very cool little pets which you will love and cherish forever. They can live for up to 20 years, so many years of loving! Let me know if you own a chinchilla, or are getting ready to purchase one. As always, feel free to get ahold of me on my twitter (@ikevinreardoni). Below I’m posting a video of Myles playing!

See ya on the flip side

-K