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What Is a Cuttlebone?

Cuttlebones are common cage toys people give to their pets. But what are they for? What even are cuttlebones, and why would your chinchilla need anything from a deep-sea creature it has categorically never encountered in the wild?! What is a cuttlebone? Cuttlebones are a bone- or shell-like structure found…

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Do Chinchillas Poop a Lot?

Everybody poops (including your chinchilla). But how much do chinchillas poop? Do they poop on you, and is it disgusting like that of other pets? Do chinchillas poop a lot? They do: several hundred times per day. But their poop isn’t too disgusting or inconvenient because it’s small, hard and…

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Can Chinchillas Eat Lavender?

Lavender has a great reputation as a helpful herb. But would either its raw form, or lavender essential oil, be good for chinchillas? And if so, or if not, why? Can chinchillas eat lavender? It’s possible that they can, although there’s no reason to feed it. Some owners report feeding…

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