How to choose a chinchilla
So, you weighed all the “pros” and “cons” and determined to go chinchilla in the pet shop, kennel or farm. What should you look for when buying a pet? First and foremost is the appearance of the animal.
In chinchillas of all colors, it is considered that the shape of the head should be more rounded. but not elongated, the ears - short, round or tubular. Backrest - with a smooth curve - without a hump in the area of the shoulder blades, the neck is short and should not be seen from above. The fur should look even, to the touch elastic and dense, without koltunov and bald spots.
Clean nose, bright and sparkling eyes – a sign of health. There should be no mucus and phlegm around the eyes and nose, this may indicate an infectious disease. The teeth of chinchillas are usually bright orange, smooth and clean, the ears - without crusts, ulcers and sores, the tail is gaily twisted up. Sometimes there are chinchillas, which have small injuries - a hole in the ear, the absence of a phalanx of the finger. All this is the result of games with their relatives and there is nothing terrible here. Do not be frightened of such shortcomings and do not immediately write down the animal in the ranks of disabled people.
Chinchillas for sale by age must reach 2 months. Up to 54 days, babies eat milk from their mother and tear them away from her during this period is absolutely undesirable. If you are not going to breed chinchillas, then the weight of your future pet is not so important. Well, if you have in mind to get a good offspring, then the normal weight for an adult chinchilla should be at least 550 gr.
In the kennel professional breeders you can show parents of the selected animal, so you could imagine how your pet will be in the near future. The behavior of chinchillas is also a very important point. Too temperamental and militant animals will not allow you to safely hold them on hand, they will seek to slip away and go about their business. “Demure” never rushing around the cage and not in a hurry to open the door.
You can scoop food, clean the cage, pet chinchilla - the animal at best will move to another corner of his house. As a rule, these are balanced animals, which are noisy and calmly given into the hands. Then you choose. Observe the animal as long as possible, so that later you do not have to return it back with the classic "did not meet the characters."
The problem for dogs is ringworm. And if the parents hurt him, it is likely to suffer from this disease. So look at the animal carefully. Most often, ringworm affects the area of the nose, around the eyes, chin, skin behind the ears, groin area, base of tail, front paws. Ringworm looks like redness and peeling of the skin, in these places, as a rule, the coat is very short or absent.
It's not so difficult to treat it, but it's better to choose a healthy baby so as not to have any problems with it. But if you took a beast into the house, picked up the lichen, then the treatment will fall on your shoulders. Also, it is likely that a completely healthy baby in 2-3 weeks suddenly turns out to have a naked spout. Since the fungus is present in the form of a spore almost everywhere and only awaits favorable conditions to activate, the stress from moving to another house can cause the reaction in the animal.
Don't panic, it's not fatal. As a rule, the breeder says about how to raise and keep the chinchilla, gives recommendations on care and solving small health problems. Don't forget to bring a carrier for transporting the animal. To carry a chinchilla in a bag or in the bosom is not recommended.