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How Much Does a Chinchilla Cost?

 
 average costMedium: $50-$187 
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Chinchillas[1] are shy, but lightening fast balls of fur that live up to 20 years. Their soft sought-after fur comes in several colors[2] , with solid black or white ones costing the most.

Typical costs:

  • Chinchilla fur is very thick which makes it resistant to fleas and ticks. Color varieties include standard gray starting at $50 for males and up to $113 for females, black velvets, with a black back for $125-$160, beige for $100-$135, Afro-violet, which is a soft lavender gray with a white chest for $125-$160, white for $162-$187 and charcoal for $100-$125.
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Additional costs:
  • Cages run $50 for a simple chinchilla/rat cage with an exercise wheel; multi-tiered ones cost around $140 for a 30x30x15-inch cage kit that includes a glass water bottle, bottle holder, dust bath tub and pellet feeder.
  • As nocturnal animals, these pets need a hiding place for daytime hours, which can be a small wooden hut for about $18. Habitat toys include an exercise wheel $12. Litter pans cost $4-$9 and straw litter runs under $1 per pound. Chinchillas require a sand/dust bath two times a week for about $5-$6 per month. Water bottles run around $9, pellet feeders $7 and dust bath tubs $11.
  • Chinchillas love to gnaw and appreciate wood chews. Alfalfa cubes, balls or nibbles cost $2-$4. Feed pellets run about $1-$2.50 per pound, with the large 25-pound bags costing the least. Feed should be checked daily to ensure the pet is not urinating in the food. They will eat about 2-pounds each month, or about $2-$5.
  • A carrier to transport chinchillas away from home costs $10-$25.
  • Chinchillas can be neutered, but due to allergies to anesthetics, it may be risky. Ask a veterinarian who handles these small pets for additional information. Neutering runs around $120, spaying about $160. Other signs to see a veterinarian include runny eyes or nose. The Chinchilla Community Magazine offers a listing of veterinarians[3] .
Shopping for a chinchilla:
  • Petfinder.com offers a listing of rescued chinchillas awaiting adoption. Using the Quick Pet Search[4] , enter "small and furry" under animal, "chinchilla" under breed and the local zip code at the bottom.
  • When looking for a particular color of pet, they are often easiest to find through a breeder. Chinchillas.org offers an online list of breeders[5] by area.
  • PETCO[6] carries standard gray chinchillas.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.blueplanetbiomes.org/chinchilla.htm
  2.  www.gotpetsonline.com/pictures/gallery/small-animals/chinchillas/chinchillas/
  3.  www.chinchillaclub.com/
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