||Three years old|
likes to eat his banana chip, he also likes dried papaya, but he
hates dried apricot. He is three years old now and is a Grey
chinchilla. Fritz is special because he is a little escape artist! He
squeezed through his cage one day and the next morning I found him on
top of my television set. He also hides inside the fabric of my old
chair, and eats anything that is made of paper. He especially likes to
chew on the corners of books!
Fritz is a nervous little chinchilla so he is more independent. Its
hard to catch him if he runs out of his cage cause he does not like to
be held. He prefers to be out of his cage so he can chew my boyfriends
stuff! He likes to sleep in the play tubes I got him. He enjoys his
dust bath and when I put it in his cage and tap on the side he knows to
come out of his tube and take a bath. He runs all night long on his
flying saucer wheel.
Fritz eats chinchilla pellets, and he needs to have a stick to chew on
in his cage at all times. This keeps their teeth healthy. They also
need timothy hay for fiber. They have a similar diet to rabbits. They
are not difficult as a pet, but do require attention if they do not
have a playmate. They must also have a dust bath each week for their
fur. They have a special fur that they need to keep dry, and oils from
our hands gets on their fur so they need the dust baths. You also have
to grip them a certain way if picking them up, because if you pull them
by the fur they have a defense mechanism which is to release the fur.
This is how they would escape in the wild from predators. I hope this
info is helpful to anyone who is considering a chinchilla for a pet!
Fritz is a great little friend.
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