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About the National Chinchilla Society (NCS)
The NCS was originally formed in the 1950ís
as the Chinchilla Fur Breeders Association Ltd. It was responsible for the
importation, breeding and development of the chinchilla into the well-known
animal many people own today. In 1993 the name was changed to the National
Chinchilla Society. It must be stated that the Society is not associated
with the fur trade. The aims of the Society have remained the same
throughout its long history. These are to encourage and promote the
keeping, breeding and exhibition of quality chinchillas, whilst at all
times maintaining good husbandry practices.
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Part of the rodent family, the chinchilla originates from the Andes, South America. An adult animal can be up to 30 to 36
cm long including its bushy tail and weigh in the region of 600-900 grams.
They have a life span of 8 to 10 years, in some
cases over 15 years. Chinchillas have fine dense fur, stiff whiskers, large
ears and eyes. There
dense fur means that they canít harbour
parasites, however, it does make them susceptible to heat stroke, so care should
be taken to ensure that they donít get hot. Their nutritional requirements
are quite bland. They fair best on a commercially produced chinchilla
pellet, good quality hay and fresh water.
Chinchillas are rock hoppers that like to scurry; they require floor space
in their cages rather than height. Cages should be made of galvanised
welded wire mesh (at least 16 gauge) with holes no larger than 1.9cm
square, additionally; there should be a wooden area where the chinchilla
can sit. A raised floor allows droppings, urine and partially eaten food to
fall through and helps keep the cage clean.
Chinchillas are clean animals, they should be given a bath every other day
in special dust to cleanse their fine fur and remove grease and dirt.
Without this dust their fur becomes dull and sticks together making the fur
part in great clumps. This is not only uncomfortable for the animal but
unsightly and detracts from, what is after all, one of the worldís most beautiful creatures.
is a gentle, timid and intelligent animal of the rodent family. It
originates from the Andes Region of South America. An adult animal can grow
up to 30-36 cm long including its bushy tail, which alone, can measure up
to 12.5 cm. It has fine dense fur, large ears and eyes and long stiff
whiskers. A fully grown animal weighs between 600 and 800 grams.
The Chinchillas nutritional requirements are quite bland, all they require
is commercially produced chinchilla pellets, fresh, clean, dry hay and fresh
Chinchillas have continuously growing
teeth and need something to chew on. Pumice stone or pieces of wood are
Chinchillas are rock hoppers that like to scurry, so they prefer floor
space in their cages rather than height.
It is recommended that cages should be
made of welded wire mesh, at least 16g in thickness, with the holes no
larger than 1.9 cm (3/4 inch) square. Raised wire floors allow droppings,
urine and partially eaten food to fall through, as the chinchilla is a
clean animal that does not like its fur to become soiled.
Chinchillas should be given a dust bath
for at least 10 minutes every day. The dust is specially formulated to
cleanse their fine fur of grease and dirt. Without this dust their fur
becomes dull and sticks together making it part in great clumps. This is
not only uncomfortable for the animals but unsightly and detracts from, what
is after all, one of the worlds most beautiful creatures.
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