Do chinchillas really need dust baths?
Yup. Dust Bath
Chinchillas are very clean and have almost no body odor. They maintain their soft, plush fur by taking dust baths. Commercial dusting powders and bins are available for their baths. They should have 1-2 a week. The dust is usually ground up pumic stone and it somehow keeps the oils in the fur.
Chinchillas as Pets
Chinchillas can make wonderful pets for the right family. They are smart, inquisitive, and loving animals. They are active, vocal, and entertaining to watch. Since they can live up to 20 years they can be long time companions.
These adorable creatures are social animals and need a lot of interaction. A lone chinchilla requires a great deal of attention and can become very attached to its owner. If you are unable to devote that much time to your pet, it is better to have two chinchillas than one lonely unhappy pet.
Two chinchillas can play and interact and not be completely dependent on their owner.
Chinchillas are sensitive to heat, humidity, and drafts. Extreme heat can even cause heatstroke, which can be life threatening. They do not do well when temperatures go above 78º F
I got chichiri off craigslist with her 2 story cage for $200 about 2 years ago.
When I left her with john for 3 months she was alone in my apartment except for when he went over to feed her. She became depresed and stopped eating which ended up costing me over $500 in vet bills. they need to eat every day or they can starve to death in a VERY short perios of time.