A chin chiller? You might ask: why should I get a chiller stone for my chinchilla? Good question, actually. Well, you need to keep your chinchilla cool when the surrounding temperature gets too high. The comfort zone for chinchillas is between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It really shouldn’t exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And this is the important point.
Are chinchillas really as sensitive to heat as it sounds? Yes, they are. The danger of overheating is for chinchillas very high. The chins can die from heat stroke very easily. So, what can you do when you live in a climate where it gets really hot?
As a new rabbit pet owner you might be surprised but mats for rabbits actually have two purposes. One: your pet rabbit can rest on it. Two: your little rabbit can chew it until it’s gone.
Some rabbits don’t stop chewing it until its’ gone, others just like to gnaw a little a day and then use it for resting and maybe playing. It really depends on your rabbit and his habits how long their new mat will last. In any case it’s just fun to watch them discover the new mat!
A long time ago I worked for some months in a Chinchilla Breeding Station in Hungary. This station had dozens of chinchilla cages with hundreds of chinchillas. I was totally fascinated by these small rodents with their thick soft fur, but mostly I was amazed about their motion-loving headstrong personalities. In short time I advanced there as the chinchilla catcher – because of my fast reactions. Those chinchillas though weren’t pets, the breeding parents you could even call to be wild. But their babies were sold as pets to interested people all over the world.
This is the best situation if you want to get a Chinchilla as pet: getting them as young. When you handle young chinchillas gently and patiently, your chinchilla will bond closely with you.