tips for Chin Keeping:
- The best solution is
to keep your chin in an air conditioned location during hot
- Remove exercise wheels,
etc. to prevent your chin from over exerting in warm conditions.
The higher quality your chin is (and therefore the denser the
fur) the more vulnerable he/she is to warmer temperatures.
- Never place your chinchilla
near a window where they will be in direct sunlight, even in
a well air conditioned room. Close curtains to help prevent
heating of the room.
- If you need to help your
chin stay cool, you can offer several items to help, including:
marble slabs or heavy ceramic tiles for resting on. If your
bathroom is cooler (and safe - no accessible power cords etc)
you might let your chinnie loose in the tub to stay cool on
the porcelain surface.
- Keep a water bottle in
the freezer in case of a heat wave or power failure during warm
weather. Offer it to your chin so they can snuggle against it
to cool off. You can do this with marble or tiles as well.
- NEVER wet down your chinchilla
in an attempt to cool him/her - wet fur will actually lock in
body heat and can cause your chin to overheat even more quickly.
- Move your chin to the
coolest point in your home, locations that are closer to the
floor and away from windows are cooler (heat rises).
- Make sure your chin has
plenty of cool, fresh water at all times.
- In an emergency, if you
need to cool your chin, you can place him in a small pet carrier
in your refrigerator for short periods.
occasionally have space available to take in chinchillas in the
Southern California area.
|Surrendered chins must come with
their housing, and we ask that you disclose all known medical and
behavioral information, to enable us to properly care for and place
the chinchilla in a suitable home.