||Four and a half years old|
||Queens, New York, USA|
Krinkle is a wonderful pet. We have
"chinchilla-proofed" an entire room so that we can let him
of his cage to run around for about an hour a night. (As chinchillas
will chew on almost anything, this involved taping up all wires,
molding and removing anything we didn't want to have teeth marks in
it.) He loves to play with us when he gets out of his cage. He
especially likes playing "hide and seek" with treats. If I
hold a sprig of fresh basil in my mouth, he will eagerly climb up my
body to retrieve his treat and sit contentedly on my shoulder while
he eats it.
Chinchillas are very intelligent animals, and Mr. Krinkle quickly
learned ways to communicate to us what he wants. When he wants fresh
food in his cage, he flips over his food bowl. He knows that when he
wants to take a bath, he has to sit patiently on my shoulder before I
will open the tank for him to take a dust bath. Mr. Krinkle loves
getting treats. We will occasionally give him treats of little pieces
of fresh fruit, like apples and oranges. He prefers that we hold the
orange while he eats it, as he dislikes getting his paws sticky! He
also loves wine, which he discovered after he knocked my wine glass
over an began lapping it up off the floor! He gets so excited when he
sees a wine glass that he'll drop whatever he's up to and try to
climb down my arm to the glass. On the rare occasions when I give him
a sip, he'll happily sit gritting his teeth.
But the best part of having Mr. Krinkle for a pet is the cuddle
factor. Chinchillas have remarkably soft fur and nothing beats the
sensation of scooping Mr. Krinkle up in my arms for a quick cuddle.
Chinchillas are fun, smart and loveable animals, and I highly
recommend them for pets!
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