Buying a chinchilla can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to make sure you find a healthy pet from a responsible breeder or adoption center. Taking the time to do research beforehand will help ensure a good match and set up your new chinchilla for success.
Key Considerations When Buying a Chinchilla
- Breeder reputation – Only purchase from breeders with excellent reviews and recommendations. Ensure they do not mass produce chinchillas.
- Health and age – Pick a healthy, active chinchilla between 6-12 weeks old. Examine eyes, teeth, fur and ears for any issues.
- Supplies – acquire a large, multi-level cage, chew toys, dust for bathing, quality pellets and hay before bringing your chinchilla home.
- Temperament – Look for a chinchilla with a curious but not overly anxious temperament when first interacting with it.
- Adoption – Consider adopting from a chinchilla rescue organization. Make sure to review medical records.
- Costs – Chinchillas range from $80-$200 depending on breeder and coloring. Budget for ongoing housing, feeding and veterinary costs.
Taking the time to carefully choose your new chinchilla is important for the health and wellbeing of your new pet. Do research to pick a responsible breeder or adoption center, evaluate the chinchilla’s health and temperament, and prepare supplies ahead of time. This will help ensure a happy home for your new furry friend.