Chinchillas are incredibly fluffy, and look like cuddly pets. But experienced owners will tell you that they shouldn’t be cuddled and held close. Is that because chinchillas don’t like being handled?
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Lots of rodents have cheek pouches, which they store food in for later. This is a clever way of hoarding food so that other animals can’t get it. But what about chinchillas?
A chinchilla’s claws continually grow, so it stands to reason that they could grow too long. If your chinchilla’s claws are too long, they could hurt your pet or make walking difficult. So should you trim them, and if so, how?
Handling chinchillas is difficult because they’re fragile. Holding them around their middles can hurt or break a chinchilla’s ribs. So, most breeders and highly experienced owners prefer to pick chinchillas up by the tail.