Is a chinchilla the right pet for you...or your child?
Chinchillas can be a great pet for kids 10 years old and older. Maybe as young as 8, depending on the child. Any
younger than that and I recommend getting a GUINEA PIG for your child.
Why? First, because chinchillas are active animals that will not likely sit quietly in one's lap to be petted and
fed treats. Chinchillas are on-the-go. It makes them interesting and fun, but a small child will not enjoy it. Second,
you and your child need to understand and be commited to the fact that chinchillas live to be 15 to 20 years old. That
means that your 10 year-old will be taking their chinchilla to college with them! (Unless you fall in love with the
chinchilla and want to keep it at home with you.)
Chinchillas are not hypoallergenic. They have very fine fur that will tickle your nose, guaranteed. They are dusty,
because they require dust baths a few times a week. Their hay can aggravate allergies in some people. They poop a lot (but
it is dry and odorless), and may spray urine outside of their cage.
If you're good with all of this, then a chinchilla may indeed be a great pet for you! If you're not sure, please
do some more research before committing to a chinchilla for its rather long life. I am more than happy to answer any
questions you have about these fantastic animals. (I can also give you advice on other small pets, like guinea pigs, rabbits,
rats, gerbils, hamsters, and sugar gliders, so please ASK AWAY!)