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Chinchilla Care Tip Video #4: Timothy Hay.
Chinchillas have a sensitive digestive system, so providing it with a healthy diet is essential. A high quality, hay-based pellet and a constant supply of loose timothy hay will meet all of their dietary needs.
Timothy Hay is very fibrous and helps the proper functioning of the chinchilla’s digestive system. As the chewed hay moves through the intestine, the high fiber content aids in the passage of food. It also helps wear down the chinchilla’s constantly growing teeth.
Alfalfa hay is also sold as a main ingredient in chinchilla feed. Each has its place in the chinchilla’s dietary needs and should not be substituted for one or another. Alfalfa Hay is rich in calories and calcium, while timothy hay is less-fattening and has much less calcium. Therefore, during the developmental stages of the chinchilla’s life or during its pregnancy, for example, Alfalfa Hay can be offered. But once the chinchilla reaches adulthood, it should be switched to a Timothy Hay diet.
A sample of the photos from the photo shoot can be seen on the photos page. You can also see the chinchilla photo shoot video for an introduction to some of the chinchilla family members. The trick to get all the chinchillas lined up quietly for the last photo was to do the photo shoot after a meal and play time, but before they received their treats! The chinchillas in the last photo are (from left to right): Saki, Soju, Cloud, Mochi, and Taro. Follow ChinTubeHD on Instagram for regular photo updates!
Chinchilla Care Tip Video #3: Water Bottles.
The best water bottles are chew-proof and can be securely fastened to the cage to prevent water from spilling. Bottles of glass and stainless construction are ideal, but whichever bottle you find works best for you, make sure you clean it thoroughly with every refilling to remove any bacteria build up. If the bottle is dishwasher safe, run it through a dishwasher cycle. Otherwise, using boiling water to clean the bottle is also very effective. Refilling your bottle with the best quality water source that is available will help your chinchilla maintain the best health!
Chinchilla Care Tip Video #2: Staying Cool.
Make sure you keep your chinchilla in an environment where they are kept cool, and away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
Chinchillas lack the ability to sweat, so if the surrounding temperature rises near 80 degrees Fahrenheit, they could get overheated and may suffer from heat stroke. Chinchillas dissipate heat by routing blood to their large ears, so red ears often signal overheating. Other signals include the chinchilla lying down coupled with labored breathing.
Chinchilla Care Tip Video #1: Keep Them Chewing.
Chinchillas teeth are constantly growing, so they constantly need to chew on wood and pumice to wear their teeth down. If a chinchilla is not provided with enough to chew on, their teeth will continue growing and they will suffer from an infliction called malocclusion.
When choosing wood for your chinchilla, care is required. The wood should be absolutely pesticide-free, and not treated, glued, or painted. Collected wood should also be soaked in hot water, then dried. You can also purchase wood and chew sticks commercially.
Do your research to ensure that the wood you give is safe and not toxic to chinchillas! The chew block and house featured in this video is made of dry white pine, and is completely chew-safe.