The Chinchilla Handbook

The Chinchilla Handbook

by Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM
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The Chinchilla Handbook by Sharon L. Vanderlip, DVM, Michele Earle-Bridges

These small mammals, known for their soft, beautiful fur are native to South America. Here is authoritative information on chinchilla traits and behavior, health, housing, feeding, breeding, and general care. Barron’s popular line of Pet Handbooks resembles the Pet Owner’s Manuals series, but are larger—more pages, more photos and line illustrations, and more detailed advice and information. Pet owners and soon-to-be owners will find reliable information from breeders, veterinarians, and pet care experts presented in easy-to-follow, handsomely designed volumes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764132667
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Barron's Pet Handbooks
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1The Charming Chinchilla1
Chinchilla Names and Places1
A Remarkable Rodent7
2Is a Chinchilla the Right Pet for You?17
An "Exotic" Pet17
No Two Alike!19
Aaachooo! Tips for the Allergy Prone23
Children and Chinchillas25
3Choosing the Perfect Chinchilla27
Where to Find a Chinchilla27
Choosing a Healthy Chinchilla30
How Many Chinchillas to Keep?33
A Long-term Commitment35
Coat Color35
Chinchilla Charisma35
Natural Habitat37
Housing Considerations38
Environmental Considerations43
Inside the Cage44
Selecting the Perfect Spot52
5Feeding Your Chinchilla53
Strictly Vegetarian53
What to Feed54
How Much to Feed57
Feeders and Hayracks63
Harmful Foods64
6Your Chinchilla Comes Home67
Selecting a Veterinarian67
Preparing for the Trip Home69
The Great Escape: Preventing Chinchilla Casualties70
Capturing Your Chinchilla72
How to Hold and Restrain a Chinchilla74
The Congenial Chinchilla75
7Understanding Your Chinchilla77
The Social Chinchilla77
Chinchilla Behavior78
Chinchilla Communication80
Elimination Behaviors83
8Chinchilla Health Care85
If Your Chinchilla Is Sick85
How You Can Help88
Health Problems90
First Aid Supplies116
Zoonotic Diseases117
When Is Surgery Necessary?117
Should Your Chinchilla Be Neutered?117
The Senior Chinchilla119
Euthanasia: The Hardest Decision of All120
9Raising Chinchillas123
Reasons for Raising Chinchillas123
Chinchilla Reproduction124
Breeding Methods and Housing127
Reproductive Cycle128
Parental Care132
Growth and Survival134
Imprinting and Taming135
Sexing the Kits135
Raising the Babies136
Reproductive Problems138
10The Chinchilla Connoisseur143
Know Your Colors143
Traveling with Your Chinchilla146
You Be the Judge!147
The Magic Continues149
Useful Addresses and Literature150

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