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Chinchilla Secrets

A Comprehensive Pet Owner's GuideBy Jessica Harrison (Edited by Prabhu Lazarus)

Copyright 2006 Geostar Publishing All Rights Reserved This eBook shall not to be copied in any form/ emailed/ distributed, in part/ full, without the written permission of the Copyright holders.

First Edition: February 2006.

Copyright 2006 Geostar Publishing All Rights Reserved

DISCLAIMER: This eBook is to be used for education only. Not to be used in lieu of advice from a licensed veterinarian and/or medical professional.

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hinchillas are cute, loving and occasionally mischievous - an adorable combination. Whoever said that "love is absolutely wonderful" must have been talking about a chinchilla

relationship. Spend a couple of minutes with one and you will agree that few creatures can be as appealing. Truth to tell, raising a chinchilla, is in a way setting the score right for the extent to which these cute little creatures were hunted for their little soft pelts. Thanks to the American, Mathias F. Chapman, the animals were saved from certain extinction. Chins - as chinchillas are affectionately known - are a runaway favorite because it is quite easy to raise them. And they are quite handy, generally well-behaved and don't cost much to maintain. Even if you didn't know anything about raising these cute little creatures, this book tells you all. Right from the different types of chins to selecting a healthy specimen, housing it, feeding it and even taking care of the health issues - this book is a single-source chin reference manual. This is an extensively researched book that has answers to questions you didn't know existed. The approach is structured and simple. It's a must for the rookie and the veteran alike.

Table of contentsIntroduction...............................................................................9 0 Selection.......................................................................................12Colors.................................................................................13 Choosing a Chin...............................................................21 Checking out the Chin....................................................22 Cost of Chin.....................................................................24 Where to Buy a Chin......................................................25

Behavior......................................................................................26Chin's Nature...................................................................26 0 Nocturnal Behavior..........................................................26 Vocalizations.....................................................................27 Basic Cry...........................................................................27 Shrill Squeal......................................................................28 Squawk..............................................................................28 Rasping and Snarling.......................................................28 Loud Cries........................................................................28 Chatter..............................................................................28

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Table of contentsSneezing...........................................................................29 Mating Call ....................................................................29

Chin and Children.................................................................30 How Chins Interact...............................................................31With Other Pets.............................................................31

Feeding and Nutrition.........................................................33What They Eat................................................................34 Commercial Pellets.........................................................34 Hay...................................................................................35 Treats...............................................................................37 General Feeding Pointers................................................38 Water...............................................................................38

Handling....................................................................................39 Grooming.................................................................................41Shedding..........................................................................42 Fungal Growth...............................................................42

Training & Taming................................................................44

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Table of contentsHousing.....................................................................................48Sleeping House...............................................................50 Bedding............................................................................52 One Chin Or Two Chins For You?.............................53 Feeders............................................................................54 Dropping Tray................................................................55 Water Bottle ..................................................................56 Exercise Wheel...............................................................57 Chew Things...................................................................57 Perches and Shelf............................................................58 Cage Maintenance..........................................................58

Health.........................................................................................60General Chin Health......................................................60 Chin First Aid Kit..........................................................60 Choosing a Veterinarian................................................62 Antibiotics Prescription.................................................63 Diseases and Illness in Chins.........................................64

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Table of contentsExercise for Chinchilla........................................................105Exercise Wheel...............................................................106 Free Run Time...............................................................106

Traveling With Chins..........................................................110 Breeding...................................................................................112Mating & Reproduction in Chinchillas.......................112 When Are They Ready To Breed?..............................112 Mating Period ..............................................................113 Litter Size.......................................................................113 Introducing Your Chins...............................................114 How Is This Done?........................................................114 Delivery..........................................................................118 Delivery Complications ...............................................120 After Delivery Care for Mommy Chin......................122 After Delivery Care for the Kits.................................122 What I Do With The Male Chin?................................123 Separating the Mother and Kits..................................125

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Table of contentsNeutering.......................................................................125

Appendix:................................................................................127 Where to Buy Chinchillas.....................................127Where to Buy Cages and Accessories........................133

Great Chinchilla Names.........................................134Where to Find a Veterinarian......................................137

Meeting Other Chinchilla Owners....................138 Conclusion..............................................................................139

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Introduction

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ust one touch and that's all it takes to know why this animal was once bred for its "soft, dense" pelt.

What has the body of a rabbit, the large ears of a mouse, and the tail of a squirrel? Chinchillas (chins) ofcourse. When nature was in one of its more generous moods, it made chins. Not only did it give chins the best of three worlds, it also gave them infinite variety. Chins come in all the colors from white to black. And each has its unique personality. There are no two similar chins whichever way you look at it. Origination - The Wild Chin These small furry creatures originated from South America. Their natural habitat includes the cracks and crevices in the Andes Mountain. Discovery and history are always interesting subjects, but not for the chins. These little fur balls were discovered by the Spanish in the 1500's. When they conquered the Chinca Indians, probably

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their richest booty was the pelts of soft-coated creatures. By 1800s, the chin's fur coat became one of the must-have items in the wardrobe of European royalty. By the end of 19th century, chins were going the dinosaur way - towards extinction. But fortunately, the Chilean government took steps to preserve them by passing laws to prevent their killing. Chins found their way to the US through Mathias F. Chapman, who brought them in 1923. Mathis, a mining engineer took interest in chins, when a native captured one, and took it to him. His interest in the Chins led him to seek permission from the government to capture chins and export them to the US. The story goes that Chapman had hired 23 men to capture chins and had managed to get 11 chins in 11 years. This was a feat considering that the chins were almost extinct. Ot