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    HI
    am thinking about getting a pet and was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on looking after them (chinchillas especially). Also how much cages ect will cost if possible. Also reading about it seems that chinchillas can get ill quite easily and was wondering if this were true?
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    My parents got chinchillas on a whim. From this experience, I have learned:

    1. They are expensive to buy- £75 at the very least from a pet shop. And realistically, you'll want to get one thats tame. Which means that the cost sky rockets. Also, it'll be easier to keep them in pairs.

    2. They are specialist. They need special food- which is hard to source, to say the least. They have specific needs- like the sand baths. The cages are immensly expensive. For a small one, realistically- £75. And they need BIG BIG BIG spaces, with plenty of toys and amusements.

    3. They require a lot of your time- this wasn't an issue for us, because we are a big family, so there was always someone to talk to the chinchillas (we had a boy and a girl. and the babies. but more on that later) and handle them. But for someone living on their own/unable to commit to regular time with them, it is very very hard.

    4. Most vets will not treat them. They are classed as "exotic". Therefore, when mum and dad didn't realise that they had bought a boy and a girl (unrelated, but old enough to have babies) it was a VERY expensive trawl round the county to find out what was wrong. And then to have them treated.

    5. They are nocturnal. This means that they will play through the night, in their cage, and they will make a racket. From living in mum and dads room for the first night, they were moved to the living room at half past one in the morning. And even then, they still keep most of the house up.

    In short, I would seriously advise researching carefully. If my parents had, then we wouldn't have had the probelms listed above. Any questions, please quote or pm XD
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    (Original post by lozziie)
    My parents got chinchillas on a whim. From this experience, I have learned:

    1. They are expensive to buy- £75 at the very least from a pet shop. And realistically, you'll want to get one thats tame. Which means that the cost sky rockets. Also, it'll be easier to keep them in pairs.

    2. They are specialist. They need special food- which is hard to source, to say the least. They have specific needs- like the sand baths. The cages are immensly expensive. For a small one, realistically- £75. And they need BIG BIG BIG spaces, with plenty of toys and amusements.

    3. They require a lot of your time- this wasn't an issue for us, because we are a big family, so there was always someone to talk to the chinchillas (we had a boy and a girl. and the babies. but more on that later) and handle them. But for someone living on their own/unable to commit to regular time with them, it is very very hard.

    4. Most vets will not treat them. They are classed as "exotic". Therefore, when mum and dad didn't realise that they had bought a boy and a girl (unrelated, but old enough to have babies) it was a VERY expensive trawl round the county to find out what was wrong. And then to have them treated.

    5. They are nocturnal. This means that they will play through the night, in their cage, and they will make a racket. From living in mum and dads room for the first night, they were moved to the living room at half past one in the morning. And even then, they still keep most of the house up.

    In short, I would seriously advise researching carefully. If my parents had, then we wouldn't have had the probelms listed above. Any questions, please quote or pm XD
    Thanks for that, very very helpful.
    Knew chinchillas were nocturnal and needed specilist equitment such as sand baths but not about them being listed as exotic pets and finding vets to treat them would be difficult. Also i live with 2 other people but there are long times in the day at work or uni ect we won't be there so I'm thinking I might wait before getting a chinchilla if this is the case. Hamsters I know are ok if you aren't there most of the day because thye have their cage and you can lift them out in the evening but if chinchiilas need this attention it wouldn't be fair on them I think.

    thanks for this really helped
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    (Original post by lirael)
    Thanks for that, very very helpful.
    Knew chinchillas were nocturnal and needed specilist equitment such as sand baths but not about them being listed as exotic pets and finding vets to treat them would be difficult. Also i live with 2 other people but there are long times in the day at work or uni ect we won't be there so I'm thinking I might wait before getting a chinchilla if this is the case. Hamsters I know are ok if you aren't there most of the day because thye have their cage and you can lift them out in the evening but if chinchiilas need this attention it wouldn't be fair on them I think.

    thanks for this really helped
    Ahh, its fine. I really hope you do find a suitable pet XD
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    I had chinchillas when I was younger, personally i'd not have them again.

    they're nocturnal but I found mine were awake a lot in the day anyway
    mine never got ill but we checked and the local vet would treat them.
    food was easy to obtain from local pet shops
    cages take up a lot of room and are quite expensive, you need to provide a lot of toys for them which is, again, expensive.
    sand is sold in most pets shops (i use it for my gerbils and mice at the moment, hamsters like it too!)
    I think that a pair generally costs about £70

    If you have the space for chinchillas then I would use it and have degus as they're cheaper and I find them more entertaining, or possibly guinea pigs or house rabbits as they're both very sociable, cheap and easy to look after.

    edit: hamsters are virtually the easiest things to look after. get as big of a cage as you can allow for with as much stuff in it, just feed and water them once a day and be sure to handle them frequently. I'm not really a fan of hamsters either, I prefer my gerbils which I find a lot more interesting to watch and play with and create very little mess, so I clean out their toilet area every few days and replace all their bedding once a month before it starts to smell. another option might be mice, which are very quiet, don't take up a lot of space, become very tame and sociable and you can introduce more at any point; they don't chew their toys as much so they need to be replaced less frequently.
    I've never had them but rats are another great option, if I had the space then I'm sure rats are something i'd go for.
 
 
 
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