They do need a lot of space, I don't think that is good enough personally. I mean the space isn't the worse I've seen but it certainly is not good for a cage to constantly live in. Shanna, your cage sounds awesome! At college we had cages which were 1m x 1m x 1m for the chinchillas and there were two in each one, now they've moved them into the new place and everybody has new cages etc, but the cages they're in now are far too small. I really dislike them. I took a load of pics on my phone not that long ago so I will post them. I personally believe most people end up going for the min size all the time, which just is not on. I can't believe they still sell those bird cages which are like less than a foot tall and are round. Urgh. They say they're for budgies, lovebirds and finches. I wouldn't even dream of putting an animal them!
thats bare minimum for ONE with lots of out of cage time, but its not the cleanest nor does he have much enrichment. they need their cage cleaned at least once a week. it could be at that point in that cage, its hard to tell... but i dont think so as the bottom looks pretty bad and his ledges look pretty dirty.
also to be noted, chinchillas are very very messy, they put birds to shame for their mess! ours are the messiest pets we own.
he doesnt have any hay i notice. they NEED hay to ensure a good diet, and they dont mention if he has any dust or a bath house to sell with him. they need dust baths to stay healthy too. their coats get greasy and if not given a dust bath to absorb the oils, they can get sick... and he needs more to chew
this is the cage we have for our two, both levels open. we also have the same cage for our hedgehog, but she only uses the bottom level. we use the top of her cage for storage lol. we dont use the ramps for either because they can catch feet.
They are extremely messy lol I agree there Casey.Sometimes she runs so fast she doesnt pay attention and hits her food dish and it goes flying. This happens every cuple of days. lol
Shivani, why dont you get him and keep him? They are very nice pets. They compaired to birds in my opinion are inexpensive. Food, dust, I buy alfalfa blocks, and wood chewers. Its not bad. At Caseys suggestion I bought crainsins, which she adores. I cant say for others but mines never bitten anyone.
ours dont bite either. they nibble fingers because they want to see if theyre food, but it tickles. theyre gentle little creatures. we buy mazuri pellets and oxbow timothy hay for ours and give craisons as a treat. but ours have LOTS to chew. and they NEED to chew or they get dental problems.
but theyre fairly cheap to maintain and theyre easily litter trained (urine only) so bedding goes a long way with them. a 5lb bag of food with ours last 3-4 months. and its not expensive. hay lasts long too and they need it daily. timothy hay is better than alfalfa because alfalfa is high in calcium, which can be bad in chins if its too high. check her teeth regularly. if they turn white, shes getting too much calcium and will need to be switched to timothy. their teeth are supposed to be orange
but though they need special care, theyre easy and inexpensive to maintain. so i dont understand whats so hard to give this guy better care
The food I have is mixed with timothy hay. Just comes that way. The alfalfa blocls are small and compact so its basically another chewy. I have 3 wood chewys, a stone thing, the alfalfa blocks, chin treats that hang. Plu she chews on her box. Her "Bathtub" and litter box are n the bottum. Her teeth are range lol Its kinda disturbing lol
I can't keep him, thats for sure Anything with fur can't stay in my house (untill I move out) I emailed the owner and he thinks he so smart he was like "Ha! You think you can take care of a chinchilla? They are very high maintenance pets and a vet check-up would cost 3 times the price I'm offering!" and he went on....
If he's so smart then why doesn't he get him a bigger cage with toys and wood block? and ACTUALLY CLEAN the poor guys cage?