Unique Pets: Sugar Gliders, Degus, and Chinchillas

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Chinchillas are adorable rodents with large ears and slightly bushy tails. They’re soft and cuddly, making them hard to resist, and they usually live for around 10 to 20 years.

Chinchilla care involves providing a large, tall cage for the animal. They have strong hind legs and are known to jump from the floor to the top of a refrigerator. Consequently, they need a number of multi-level platforms in their cages. They also need a cozy place to hide. Because their teeth continue to grow throughout their lives, chinchillas need chew toys in their cages. If you let them out of their cage and leave them unsupervised, they might chew on your furniture.

Chinchillas aren’t as social as degus and sugar gliders. They are often shy, although they adapt well to handling. However, they may be better suited for older children rather than younger kids. Little ones can be too rowdy for these gentle creatures. Feed your chinchilla specialized food, and offer some grass hay at all times. You’ll also need to give your chinchilla a regular dust bath to keep them clean.

What to Know About Owning an Exotic Pet

Sugar gliders, degus, and chinchillas are legal to own in this country. However, they must be cared for properly. You’ll need to make sure that you have the time and the resources to look after your new pet. You must also find a vet that can treat them. Last but not least, be prepared for constant requests from friends, family, and acquaintances to see and pet them! You’re about to become very popular.



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