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It was a stormy night. I walked into the breeder’s den, and let my heart decide. Mittenmaus was the first chinchilla I ever held, and his fur was like an ocean of softness exploding into diffused light. He was softer than any other fabric, fur, or object I’d ever touched before, and I held him close. He struggled to escape.

Several years and five chinchillas later, we’re residing in the self-declared “Haus of Maus” (AKA my apartment in the upper west side of New York City). I am fully enjoying my busy life with these incredible little animals. Capable of living upwards of 20 years depending on genetics and care, chinchillas are no small responsibility. Their bodies require specific temperatures, foods, and environments – on top of all that, they have strong personalities that require intellectual and physical stimulation on a consistent basis. They’re no run-of-the-mill crepuscular rodents, that’s for sure! Read all about Chinchilla Basics here!

Welcome to my blog, where I’ll share chinchilla information, advice, stories, videos, photos, and more, detailing my love for these little floofs! Stay tuned, follow me, and be sure to share with all your chinchilla-loving friends. Visit our Favorite Topics page to read all our most influential posts! If you have a question, it’ll likely be answered in one of those posts – if not, feel free to get in contact and suggest a topic.

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    1. Hi Tabitha! I got my pets from several breeders in the New York and New Jersey area, as well as one from a pet store. In my experience, quality of chinchillas can be mixed, despite their origins, whether they’ve placed in shows, etc. My pet store chinchilla has had no problems, in great health; in contrary, some of my breeder chins have had minor issues; other breeder chinchillas have been pristine and beyond fantastic. It’s a mixed bag, and very little can be promised about genetic aberrations. It’s also very difficult to tell of any genetic dental problems until around 3-4 years of age, and full disclosure between breeders and buyers remain optimistic but not guaranteed. Oftentimes, the best thing to do is buy the one you love and care for him or her the very best you can. Since I have no plans to breed, I am happy with all the kids as they are – very healthy and happy! πŸ™‚

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  1. I see that you have 5 chins, I have one male that I’ve had for 3yrs now. I was thinking of a playmate for him. What are your recommendations on housing and gender of the furry friends?

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    1. Aww! Does your chinchilla seem content? I often hear of owners that want to get a playmate or cagemate for their chins thinking that they’re lonely or could use some company – unfortunately, often this is not the case. I would suggest that if you want another chinchilla, you should be fully prepared for them not getting along, as chinchillas can be territorial and fight to the death, even with proper introductions. If you would like to try to get him a friend, I would suggest another male similar in age and another full cage just in case they don’t get along. Placing an unneutered male with a female will only lead to baby chinchillas, which requires 24 hour surveillance and care if something goes wrong at birth. I hope this helps! Remember: if you’d like another chinchilla, do it because you have the means and the time to care for him, NOT because of any assumption that your chinchilla needs (or even wants) a playmate. πŸ™‚

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  2. hello! I am getting my first chinchilla on Saturday the 6th. A pink white from a breeder/rescuer. I am so beyond excited and am trying to get all the information right so I can have a happy, healthy chinchilla! Your pictures are absolutely amazing! Will be fallowing!!

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  3. Hello, I subscribe to both your YouTube channels and was wondering if you could do tours of each cage?!?! Also, if you could tell us where you get all your items that would be awesome! Thanks! =)

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    1. That’s a great idea – I’ll work on cage tours on the NYChinchillas YouTube page. Also, most of the items are handmade with kiln-dried pine from Home Depot. It’s most convenient to purchase unmade goodies yourself and build them to your fluff’s specifications πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi LY!

    I adore your website and precious bubs. I especially love the patience and care you put into building your cages. I have a question regarding my 18 month old ebony – ever since we got back from our 5 week vacay, she has been very hostile and unfriendly. We were very close before. She stayed at a pet boarding place while we were away. Could we take this topic offline so you can advise me further?

    Thanks so much,
    Brenda

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    1. Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

      Chinchillas have very long memories, and also can have difficult times during transitions or new environments. My feeling is that she had a tough time during the boarding and is having a difficult time transitioning back into her home. The best suggestion I have is to treat her as if you just got her again – and repeat the process of gaining her trust. I have had this issue after only a few days of being away, but I have never been away for 5 weeks at a time. Be patient, the hostility will pass. Just be sure to spend as much time as you can around her cage or bonding with her.

      Any other questions – feel free to email me at LYChinchillas@gmail.com!

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