Chinchilla Chat!

More and more people are turning to rescues when they decide to add a cat or a dog to their families, but did you know that rescues often have smaller critters available for adoption, as well?

Meet Sapphire, an adoptable chinchilla here at Emerald City Pet Rescue! This cute little guy is three years old, four pounds, and a whole lot of fun! He is social, sweet, and quick to warm up to new people. Sapphire has not lived with other chinchillas before, but could potentially be introduced to a resident chinchilla. Sapphire must be an indoor chinchilla.

Aside from the obvious fact that chinchillas are adorable, we'd like to offer you some fun Chin-formation!

  1. They have a longer lifespan than a lot of other small, furry friends. They can live into their teens and some of them live up to 20 years. If you're thinking of getting a chinchilla as a pet, this is important to keep in mind because it is a long commitment!

  2. Chinchillas have a wide range of vocal sounds, and they can make different sounds in different tones. They enjoy communicating, so it's very fun to get to know your chinchilla and slowly familiarize yourself with his or her individual sounds and learn what they are trying to convey.

  3. Chinchillas have special fur for a reason! In the wild, their fur has helped them survive in freezing temperatures at elevations up to 16,500 feet! It's important to note that due to being equipped for colder weather, a chinchilla cannot survive in temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. To make sure your pet chinchilla does not suffer heat stroke, be very mindful of the temperature of his or her environment!

  4. While chinchillas are often lumped into the same "small and furry" group as rabbits, they are quite different in many ways. Chins are actually more closely related to guinea pigs and porcupines. Their dietary needs are also quite different from rabbits, so before deciding to adopt a chinchilla, please chat with your vet about a proper diet for your chin!

  5. While a lot of chinchillas that we see as pets come in a blueish-greyish color (the dominant fur color,) in the wild, some chinchillas have yellow-gray fur. Some even have beige, white, or ebony coats!

  6. Chinchillas may nip if they are handled inappropriately. They can make great pets for older children, but they must first get used to being handled. It is recommended that an adult supervise their children with a chinchilla until they are confident that the child can properly handle the chinchilla without the chin feeling stressed.

Chinchillas are fascinating creatures, and we are already in love with our adoptable guy, Sapphire! If you are ready to add a chinchilla to your family and you are interested in meeting Sapphire, please call Emerald City Pet Rescue at (206) 557-4661.

Categories: Featured Rescue Pets

Posted: March 18, 2019