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Chinchilla Pet Care Basics

Chinchillas are prized for their fur, and if you ever touch one, you'll know why. Their fur is extremely fine and soft, even more so than rabbit fur. If you are interested in a chinchilla for a pet, there are some things you'll need to know. Here are some tips for caring for a chinchilla. Lifespan Unlike some other small, domestic mammals, chinchillas can live up to 20 years (they average about 15). So think in terms of a dog or cat when you consider the chinchilla's lifespan. One Chinchilla or Two? Chinchillas usually do fine when kept alone, but they also do okay when kept in pairs. Just make sure you have two of the same gender so you aren't overrun with baby chinchillas! Sources say that chinchilla pairs get along best if they are introduced when still babies and grow up together. Active Night Life Chinchillas are nocturnal, so their main activity occurs at night, or at least in the evening. Because they sleep most of the day, your chinchilla will probably benefit from having its enclosure in a fa...

 


An Introduction to Exotic Animal Pets

When you hear the term "exotic pet," what does it conjure up? Do you think of monkeys, parrots, and snakes? What exactly constitutes an exotic pet depends to a certain extent on whom you ask. Some sources say that an exotic pet is any pet that is not a cat or dog. Others say an exotic pet is one that is rarely if ever kept as a pet, such as an insect or reptile. And still other sources consider pets exotic if they are animals like lions, boa constrictors, and panthers. There's a little bit of truth in all of those. For our purposes, we will consider exotic pets those that are not cats, dogs, or standard rodents like rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. One important thing to note in any discussion of exotic pets is that it's usually illegal to keep wild animals as pets, whether you rescue them as a baby or capture them as adults. So make sure you are within your local and federal laws before you embark on exotic pet ownership. Exotic Variations There are exotic "variations" of common pets, too. For examp...

 


Is it Really Possible to Keep a Pet Monkey?

There is no straight "yes or no" answer to this - it depends on many things, from local laws to your household dynamic. But generally speaking, yes, you can keep a monkey as a pet; but that doesn't mean you should. Here are some considerations and suggestions on keeping a monkey as a pet. Is a Monkey Right for You? Remember that a monkey is a wild animal. It is never really a domestic pet like a cat or dog. Did you know that most monkeys that are seen out and about are actually babies? Adult monkeys tend to get aggressive and end up in cages. Monkeys are mischievous and intelligent, and they can be very destructive, from opening and pillaging kitchen cabinets to tearing out window screens. And let's not forget that they can turn on faucets, televisions, and open refrigerators. Having a monkey in the house is sort of like having a toddler set on "high." Cleaning up after a monkey can be challenging, too - they can be housebroken when young, but may forget when older. What Kinds of Monkeys are Kept a...

 




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