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"Chinchillas can be amazing pets but only if you can give them the time and effort they need. Chinchillas are nocturnal animals so they're great for students and those employed. If you are considering buying a chinchilla realize that they can't have short small rabbit cage or glass aquariums as they need room to run and jump. I would suggest an all wire ferret cage with two or more levels with a pull-out tray lined with newspaper. The base wires should be no more than 1/2" by 1/2" apart or they might break a leg. They need a hidey box, wood works well but not cedar or pine. These can be bought at many pet stores. Feed them chinchilla pellets without treats, as they will throw the pellets out and eat the treats, in a heavy ceramic bowl. They also like wheels but make sure it is at least 15" in diameter or it's too small. They need dust baths which I give to mine the same time I clean the cage, usually 2-3 times a week. When you play with them let them come to you then "scoop" them up supporting the bottom. Be aware they aren't always cuddly and may just want to sit on your shoulder. I would recommend them to anyone as they are very loving but remember, the cheapest they usually come is $80-100 for the greys and as much as $600 for the blacks."

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