Chinchillas are clean, quiet and lively rodents, originally from the Andes Mountains in South America where they live in colonies in their native habitats. Chinchillas have been kept as pets for a relatively short time and experts are still learning about how best to care for them. With plenty of gentle handling, they make wonderful and inquisitive pets – living for 10-20 years.
Chinchillas have specific needs that must be met if they are to be healthy and happy. PFMA is a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and we believe that owning and caring for a pet is a big responsibility. We recommend all owners read about their duty of care, as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, and understand about their pet’s five welfare needs.
On our website, we have information on providing for a chinchilla’s five needs and focus mainly on our area of expertise, which is nutrition. However, we have great tips on housing requirements and also cover their other needs, giving you links to additional sources of information.