Chinchillas are native to South America and the only wild colonies of chinchillas that still exist are found in Chile.
Chinchillas have incredibly dense, soft fur and became rather rare in the 19th century due to over hunting. These days most of the chinchilla fur used in the fashion industry comes from farm raised animals. Their fur is only one of the many things that makes them difficult pets.
Chinchillas are mostly nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day, so are not suitable pets for children. They can live up to 15 years, making owning a chinchilla a much longer term commitment than a rat or a guinea pig. They cannot be kept by themselves, as they are naturally social. They require a spacious enclosure and ideally a lot of time out of their cage, to run around and interact with people and each other. And the aforementioned fur is kept clean, by offering your chinchilla daily dust baths in specialised chinchilla sand, which needs to be replaced at least once a week.
However, if you are up for the challenge, they are delightful pets!
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