Chinchillas, like other rodents, decorative, adhere to mostly night life.Sleep not less than behaviors, reflects the health and psyche of your pet, so it is important to trace as a sleeping chinchilla.
Features sleep mode
It is difficult to calculate how many chinchilla sleeps in the day. The duration of sleep significantly affects the nature and age of the animal. Young animals are much more active, so you can Wake up during the day to eat and run. But if your pet sleeps most of the day, waking only when the sun — his behavior is also a norm, which is close to the natural mode of rodents. It's sad the majority of owners who really can't watch the animal, to play with him. Fortunately, in the home of a chinchilla is often to adjust to the regime of his master. So after a while the pet will Wake up when you come home in the evening and at night will take a few hours to sleep.
Like sleeping chinchilla
The first time after moving to a new house animal is under stress, so will only sleep sitting, choosing a protected corner of the cage. He sits on his hind legs and the front presses to the belly or rests them on the subject of suitable height. Some chinchillas sleep standing up on their hind legs, holding the front for the bars of the cage. This position provides a fast transition to activity after waking up — animal is always ready to defend or flee.
Over time, the animal begins to trust their masters, getting used to the new place of residence and relaxes. So sleeping chinchilla rolled into a ball, or stretched at full length, the other demonstrates a variety of poses. Often you can see the furry animal, dangling from the top shelf, fallen asleep in the bowl or on the toilet.
IMPORTANT: the tray Selection for sleep is unlikely to please the owners — but usually shaded just looking for where it is most convenient. In nature animals sleep a bunch, ensuring warmth and comfort. Therefore, in order to wean the pet from the habit of sleeping in the bathroom you need to equip a more comfortable place to sleep — the hanging hammock, comfy couch, house with soft bedding.
Why chinchilla sleeps on his side
Novice owners especially are closely monitoring the sleeping pet, and the change of behavior is often mistaken for signs of disease. Sometimes it can be justified — when the animal is sleeping too anxious all the time waking up, or too much can be a symptom of onset of the disease. But if the chinchilla sleeps on his side, although always slept sitting is perfectly normal, and only means that your pet accustomed to their new home and feels safe.
For the same reason, owners are often concerned that the animal sleeps with eyes open. It seems too unusual behavior and makes worrying. Sometimes the animal falls asleep, so sitting on the hands, which looks quite strange. But it is also a variant of the norm — a chinchilla most of the time sleep with my eyes closed, and in the afternoon or in her arms — asleep, literally "half-eye". You need to remember meteozavisimosti animals — they respond to weather, in the heat, become lethargic, sleep a lot, and on windy, rainy days they will be nervous and doze fitfully. Usually when the weather returns to normal, the animals calm down.
If you notice that the sleep of the animal changed, there were strange signs — watch out for its behavior during wakefulness. If the appetite is good, pet is active, hands on, not showing other strange symptoms — cause for concern.
How to teach a chinchilla to sleep during the night
It happens that the animal does not change its regime, continuing to sleep in the daytime and night noise disturbing the owners. Even if the regime successfully shifted, the dream of these rodents are very sensitive to any noise, the snoring, the steps along the corridor will awaken the animal, often after that, he continued to stay awake until morning. If pet is not sleeping through the night, the best solution is to place the cage in another room. You can also find cages with soundproofing, but they are quite expensive. If there is no opportunity to migrate dwelling pet, the question inevitably arises — how to wean him from night life, to make it more sturdy?
To train a chinchilla to sleep during the night is quite difficult. The most effective method is to provide your pet enough activity in the evening. Chinchillas love to walk around the apartment to explore the room and play and chat with the owner. Turn off or dim the lights, open the door, then gently Wake the animal, offer a treat. When he starts to jump on the cage — take him for a walk around the room. Usually animals, after playing in the evening, tired and nights are quiet.
To calm a chinchilla night will also help up early — as soon as the morning bell is your alarm clock, get the animal out of the cage (six or seven in the morning, he will still be awake). As long as you do fees for school or work, not sleeping at night, the pet will run and finally tired. During the day he'll sleep soundly for six hours to eight, and early in the evening Wake up. This mode in combination with the intense activity will help to adjust the sleep time. With age, most animals reduce the number of noisy games, and at night prefer to doze.