What is a Chinchilla?

What is a Chinchilla?

Rabbit-squirrel, fur-ninja, oversized mouse, living cottonball...all more or less valid answers to an important question. What is a chinchilla? Chinchillas are not a common household pet. For the average person, chinchillas are one of those obscure animals whose existence they may or may not be aware of until they pass...

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How Long Do Chinchillas Live?

How Long Do Chinchillas Live?

Chinchillas can live 20+ years! That is surprising if you are just learning about chinchillas! After all, degus- a chinchilla’s closest domesticated relative- have a 5-8 year average lifespan. Guinea pigs- the next closest relative- average about 4-7 years. Other rodent pets have pretty short lifespans in comparison to any...

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The Deal With Wheels

The Deal With Wheels

Running wheels have been a staple pet rodent supply possibly since before the 1950’s and were in use for laboratory animals earlier than that. You can’t walk down the small pet aisle in any pet store without seeing hamster wheels in various sizes and styles. Many different animals use exercise...

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Photoshopped Chinchillas

Photoshopped Chinchillas

Photo manipulation is a part of the internet’s soul. Photoshopped images can be hilarious, beautiful, or terrifying but rarely involve the chinchilla. Despite that, we have found a few gems to share here simply because they need to be seen. Chinchillas have been compared to a few iconic anime characters,...

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Malocclusion

Malocclusion

One word rodent and rabbit owners never wish to hear in association with their pet is malocclusion. Malocclusion means bad alignment of teeth. It is a term used to describe crooked teeth in any species, including us, but it is a more sinister concern for animals that have aradicular hypsodont...

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