As you may, or may not know but will know, we have a pet chinchilla named Jasper.
Jasper came to us because our beloved babysitter
left us went away to college. Apparently there is some rule about no pets in the dorms…
She asked us if we would take Jasper for her. We said yes!
Jasper is fitting right in to our little family of kids, a cat and a dog. We did have goats, but they went to a REAL farm. (I miss them some days terribly, but they are so much happier now!)
Being that we like to let Jasper get his exercise in, we put him in the bathroom for a ‘run-around’ and bath. His cage is small, the bathroom is big. It’s a win-win. Before Jasper gets his freedom time, we take everything out of the bathroom. Everything because chinchillas chew. A lot. Their teeth never stop growing so they have to gnaw them down, but he is not going to gnaw on my magazine holder, or the toilet bowl brush ewwww!
So out with everything, in with Jasper.
He loves it! We put his bath in, some hay and turn off the light (it’s ok, chins are nocturnal). Then we let him run amuck for an hour or so. He gets plenty of exercise in! He can run, jump and flip to his delight!
We go in there and watch him, make sure he’s doing ok and occasionally he lets us hold him. It’s pretty cool!
I thought having a chin was going to be hard, but all in all, he’s prolly the easiest pet we’ve had yet. By easy, I don’t mean cheap though. Because they are an animal that really was never meant to be a pet, there are special considerations in owning one. Special diet, the chewing factor, exercise, properly holding them (they have a floating rib cage so they are easily killed by improper holding), and I don’t even want to tell you what must be done monthly to the male’s anatomy…Jasper is a boy…
Even with all that, we love having our Jasper with us.