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It’s not an easy task to become a new pet owner.
Same is the case with chinchillas.
I have found out that as compared to other pet animals, taking care of chinchillas is harder and you need to be very careful with them.
Now the question arises whether chinchillas can get wet or not.
The answer to this question is, no, they cannot get wet.
It is essential for you to being a chinchilla owner to make sure that under no circumstance should your chinchilla get wet.
You must have tons of questions in your mind now.
Why can’t chinchillas get wet? What happens if a chinchilla gets wet? How do chinchillas bathe? Here I will be answering all these questions related to chinchillas getting wet so that no harm is done to them unintentionally and they remain safe and healthy.
Why can’t chinchillas get wet?
Water and chinchillas should not come close to each other, so don’t ever make the mistake of getting your chinchilla wet.
Unlike other pet animals like cats and dogs, water is incredibly dangerous for chinchillas.
Even a few drops of water can make them feel very damp.
Now, I will tell you the reasons for not bring chinchillas close to water.
As chinchillas have a dense and thick coat of fur, it will be extremely hard for their fur to get dry.
If their fur coat gets wet, it turns into a thick mass that can make chinchillas feel uncomfortable.
There is a huge chance that your chinchilla will not get fully dry for a long time, which can lead to fungal injection.
As compared to humans who grow one hair per follicle, chinchillas have a rare feature which makes them grow more than 55 hairs per follicle which is the reason why their fur will get dry in a prolonged speed.
Remaining wet for a long time can bring many other illnesses to chinchillas.
Chinchillas in the wild
You will be shocked to know that chinchillas don’t get wet even in the wild.
It is extremely rare for them to get wet in the wild.
As chinchillas originally belong to areas with high altitudes, therefore they are not usually exposed to rain.
Other than this, they don’t use water to bath themselves and use dust instead.
How do chinchillas bath?
You should never give chinchillas a water bath.
Due to the huge amount of hairs on their body, they can’t dry themselves quickly, which may lead to fungal infections or respiratory infections.
Chinchillas tend to use dust or dirt to clean themselves in the wild.
What to do if your pet chinchilla gets wet?
It is impossible for you always to protect your pet from water.
There may come times when your chinchilla may not be under your supervision and get a little wet by accident.
Whenever this happens, don’t get scared or panic.
Quickly grab a towel and dry their body off.
You can also use a blow dryer but make sure that it is set to ‘low’.
Using a blow dryer with high heat can be dangerous for chinchillas, and it can also kill them due to overheating.