As most of you know, we care for more than just cats and dogs. We often get in exotic pets that are needing a new home equipped to handle their specific needs. While exotic pets like Delilah the chinchilla can make great companions, many new pet owners jump into ownership without considering what goes into proper care.
Just like with any pet, you should be aware of the laws and regulations in your state, county, and municipality for bans, restrictions or permit requirements. It's important to fully understand the needs of the animal and your ability to meet these needs.
Take chinchillas for example:
- Chinchillas bathe in "dust baths" and require dusting powder and a dust bin to do so.
- Chinchillas require lots of exercise. They need a large enclosure with a wheel to play, run, and climb on.
- Chinchillas are very social and do well in pairs and groups. Since they need substantial social interaction, having a pair of chinchillas is often better than just one.
- Chinchillas are sensitive to heat, humidity, and drafts. Extreme heat can even cause life threatening heatstroke. They do not do well when temperatures go above 78º F.
At CRHS we encourage potential adopters to think carefully before adopting any pet whether it be exotic or domestic. We also ask that everyone in the home also be on board with the new change. There are thousands of homeless animals waiting for second chances. We hope that if you're ready for a new furry family member, you'll consider adoption.
Taylor Bates and exotic pets like Delilah.
Community Outreach Coordinator