The delightful South American “unrodent-like rodent” known as the chinchilla makes a playful and affectionate companion animal. Author Donna Anastasi refers to them as “inquisitive, sensitive, intelligent, and active,” the ideal combination of intelligence and interaction anyone would want in a small pet.
This Complete Care Made Easy title is an ideal introductory pet guide about the chinchilla, with detailed chapters on characteristics, selection of a healthy chinchilla, housing and care, welcoming and taming the new arrival, feeding and daily care, training, and health and veterinary care. The book offers excellent advice about feeding and nutrition, including the choice of pellets, supplements, hay, and treats.
The chapter “Understanding and Training Your Chinchilla” explains the abilities and limitations of chinchillas’ senses (they’re nearsighted but have exceptional hearing) and offers a great overview of how they communicate through sounds and body language. With positive reinforcement and a clicker (no leash and collar!), the chin can be trained to perform tricks for the family’s entertainment, and the book gives lots of training pointers for owners! For chin fanciers who are interested in further exploration, the author includes chapters on breeding chinchillas and getting involved in chin shows. Sidebars throughout the text provide useful information to chinchilla keepers, covering such topics as chin colors, harmful human foods, daily care checklist, and show terminology. The resources include chinchilla societies, books and websites. Glossary of terms and index included.
Table of Contents
What Is a Chinchilla? 8
The Perfect Pet? 22
Housing and Accessories 50
Welcoming and Taming the New Arrivals 72
Chinchilla Feeding and Daily Care 94
Understanding and Training Your Chinchillas 108
Going on Vacation 124
Health and Veterinary Care 136
Breeding and Raising Chinchillas 152
Showing Chinchillas 164
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVE CHINCHILLAS A LOT I JUST GOT BACK FROM MY 5TH GRADE SKY RANCH TRIP. AND I GOT TO PET A CHINCHILLA AT SKY RANCH. SO I LOVE CHINCHILLAS A LOT. SO MUCH THAT I WANT ONE AS A PET.BUT MY MOM WONT LET ME GET ONE.
I found this book to have a lot of useful and accurate information about chinchillas. I started out borrowing a ton of chin books from the library and this was my favorite so I ended up buying a copy for my self. Useful for both beginners and experienced owners.