Chinchillas are considered rodents intelligent with an excellent memory, well be tamed at any age.The advantages of chinchillas include:
- pleasant external data;
- no unpleasant smell;
- gentleness and trust;
- the relative ease of domestication;
- absence of allergic reactions to wool and allocation of animals in susceptible people;
- self-sufficiency Pets: they rarely worried about being alone, able to stay unattended for a couple days with sufficient food and water in the cage;
- there is no need to vaccinate animals.
They rarely get sick, if the owners comply with the rules of hygiene in the care.
But there are some features that are worth to know in advance if you choose this pet:
- intolerance to high levels of humidity and heat. If the air temperature exceeds 30 degrees, there is a risk of heat stroke, which sometimes leads to death of the animal;
- the need for regular taking "dust baths".
Wash the animal in the water is not necessary. In connection with the high hygroscopicity of the gentle chinchilla fur cell must be equipped with a bathing — capacity with dry sand, which will help the animal to keep clean and dry its fur. Designed to this procedure, the sand purchased at a pet store. Also, in order to prevent the appearance on the skin of pet fungal diseases 1 every 30 days in the sand, you must add an antifungal drug.
Adaptation of the chinchilla after purchase
Abrupt change of habitat, the appearance of strangers close to cause stress to any animal. You will help the pet adapt to a new home, if you follow simple guidelines:
- in order to avoid the appearance of fright of the animal, try to move slowly when you approach his cage. Not a peep, all your movements should be smooth;
- often talk gently and quietly with the pet are nearby to the cells. So the faster the animal will remember and get used to You;
- do not immediately try to pick up a chinchilla, it is necessary to begin to accustom on a new place, get used to the smells, the sounds, the regime of the day and the room;
- if the animal has come out of hiding when you approach, trying to carefully and slowly open the cage door and bring the pet on the open palm treat.
A tasty morsel for rodent will be raisins, nuts or a small amount of seeds. Do not expect that he will immediately get a treat. But curiosity is one of the main characteristics of the chinchilla, so with proper patience and with the right approach, they begin to taste from the hands of the new owner after 7-14 days. Do not try feeding after grabbing the animal by the scruff, or to take hands, as such acts will scare him and will cause an aggressive reaction in response. Repeat daily attempts to buy a chinchilla in its most active hours, preferably after 18 hours.
Important! Use the welcome experienced breeders. Start to warn your pet about his appearance, making quiet sounds such as the clicking language. Thus, after some time, the rodent will know who is close to it, and will calmly respond to You.
How to make friends with your chinchilla
Befriend a young individual is easier than an adult, who has already visited at other hosts. Especially if the former owners treated the pet with the lack of attention, ignoring the rules of care and maintenance at home. If You plan to earn the trust of the animal and to tame it, to do it for 5 minutes will fail, be patient. On the domestication of some chinchillas affected physically and mentally at the hands of previous owners, it can take from couple of months to several years.
To understand afraid You pet, watch him. Signs of fear the animal experiences the following way:
- animal always closely monitoring your movements and actions;
- instantly wakes up and can take a protective stance, hearing someone's approach;
- barks, snorts, and sometimes tries to get the urine to You;
- shaking, nervous, tries to bite when you try to pick him up;
- he is peeling off the coat, sometimes up to bald patches.
If your goal is a friendly and trusting relationship with the pet, do not try to speed things up.
Your pet is smart enough and has good memory to permanently store both positive and negative situations that happen to them.
Ways of establishing friendly relations with chinchilla
Basic steps that can help to tame a chinchilla:
- Put the cage in the room where not too noisy.
- After You place the animal in a new cage, get their attention and get a nut or raisin. Should really not feed or touch the pet for the first time, let him settle and get used to it. Note that such a treat like raisins, should not be given often.
- Softly and gently talk with chinchilla standing near the cage. Try to give her a leaf or a blade of grass through the bars of the cage. Even if she doesn't take it immediately, please retry after some time. When you take chinchilla a treat, it will have pleasant associations with your hands, giving something delicious.
- Calm reaction of the animal to your actions try to open the cage, then gently put your hand on the bottom of the cage. At the onset of fear or apprehension for the pet, remove your hand. Now it's time to continue communication with him only on the level of conversation. The next day, renew the attempt to bring a hand to your pet inside the cage, carefully watching his reaction. Sooner or later, curiosity and trust will win, chinchilla decide to approach the hand to sniff and explore it. She can slightly taste it or even jump on the palm.
- If the reaction of the animal You are aggressive, there are signs of severe fright, don't bother. It is better to move away from the cage and allow time for the rodent to calm down.
- If the animal is nervous and has not had time to fully adapt to a new place, don't let him out of the cage. Otherwise, in the wild nervousness of the animal will rise and will be difficult to get it back in the cage.
Important! If the chinchilla does not respond to prolonged and regular attempts to tame her, try to take it easy. Chinchilla, as people, can have an independent character is a "loner".
Consider also the fact that each animal has an individual character, respectively, the conditions, approach and time of domestication of rodents are different. Most importantly, do not leave attempts to make friends and not to give up, then the probability of success in origin of friendship will be much greater.
How to iron chinchilla
If the stage adaptation is successful, pet trusts You and takes treats from hand, you can try to establish tactile contact with the baby. Will help you the following recommendations:
- For starters, if a rodent takes You from the palm of a treat, try gently scratching him under his chin. Do not worry if the attempt will fail immediately and the animal will run away from affection. Eventually he will feel safe and will give You to pet.
- Take the time to remove your hand immediately after meals, give your child to sit and eat the grain on the palm. The longer the pesto sits on the arm, the greater the degree of confidence in You. If the chinchilla is not on hand or immediately jumps from the palm of your hand, let it, let him get used to the new owner.
- If the animal itself greets You at the door, once You open it, and feels comfortable in your hand, you can start stroking. Slowly put your hand in the cage, pointing his index finger at the pet. After approaching cautiously touch his cheeks or chin, gently stroking his fur. Try not to touch the mustache is a very sensitive area tickling most rodents. He can run away at first, but after a while going back and You can start trying to pet him.
- If the chinchilla calmly sits on your hand and allow yourself to stroke with the other hand, you can start to stroke a chinchilla on the breast or on the back. If he is nervous and is not given, don't touch him against his will, Express attempts to establish contact until the next day.
Important! Learn to stroke the pet correctly. Never bring the hand over the animal, it will scare him. A chinchilla instinctively fear such movements, as they associated them with catching them as a predator.
Remember that your goal is to befriend and establish rapport with the animal, without imposing their desires and listening carefully to the reaction of your pet. Always give him the opportunity to get back in the cage and rest at the first sign of fright or excitement. Take time daily for quiet and affectionate communication with the chinchilla, slowly moving toward the establishment of friendly relations with her.
Only after the animal used to You and is not afraid, you can try to move to the next stage — training.