Just like humans, chinchillas don’t do well in summers.
There is surely one thing common between my pet chinchilla and me; we both thrive on air conditioning in summers.
Chinchillas have a thick fur which helps to keep them warm during the winter season, but in summers this thick fur coat becomes a nightmare for them.
Their dense and thick coat of fur makes them suffer from a heat stroke.
Chinchillas don’t have sweat glands, and they get overheated over 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therefore, it is advised to keep your pet chinchilla in an environment anywhere between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is essential to use air conditioning and other techniques to lower their body temperature to ensure that your pet chinchilla is safe and comfortable.
If you live in a warm area, then here are some tips that will help you in taking care of your pet chinchilla in summers.
Let the air conditioner do its magic
I am sure that you already have an air conditioner if you live in a hot area.
However, if you don’t, then you need to get an air conditioner for yourself and your pet chinchilla to survive the heat in summers.
If you think that a normal fan would work, then you are wrong.
I know this because I made the same mistake.
I thought that turning on the fan would calm down my chinchilla and protect it from a heat stroke, but I was wrong, and most of my summer was spent taking my pet to the vet, so if you don’t want the same summer story, then I would recommend you to get an air conditioner as chinchillas don’t have sweat glands, therefore fans won’t work on them.
Get a thermometer
Yes, turning on the air conditioner all the time can be incredibly expensive and would make you go bankrupt for sure.
I figured out to get a thermometer after paying for my electricity bill.
If you don’t have the bucks and can’t turn the air conditioner on all the time then getting a thermometer would do for.
You can measure the temperature, and as soon as it goes above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you can turn on the AC, and when the temperature goes down a few degrees, you can turn it off.
Avoid direct sunlight
Make sure that your pet chinchilla is not exposed to direct sunlight during summers as it would increase the risk of your pet getting a heat stroke.
I would advise you to place your pet’s cage away from windows to protect it from overheating.
The best way to keep sunlight out from your home is to install blackout curtains in all the windows.
Unlimited access to freshwater
Another way to reduce the risk of heatstroke is to ensure that your pet chinchilla has unlimited access to fresh water.
Place a water bowl inside your pet’s cage so that the chinchilla remains hydrated.
Fleece covered ice packs
During an intense heat situation, you can use an ice pack covered with fleece.
Place it on your pet’s fur to cool them down.
It will help in lowering down your pet’s body temperature and help in reducing the AC cost.
When do you know it is time to visit the vet?
Regardless of all this care, there may come times when your pet chinchilla would get overheated, and you will have to take it to the vet.
Now the question arises that how would you know that your pet is getting a heat stroke? Make sure to check your pet’s ears all the time since chinchillas try to get rid of the heat through their ears.
If their ears turn red, then it is your cue to take them to the vet.
Another evident sign of chinchillas getting a heat stroke is that they start drooling.
If your pet starts breathing rapidly or is out of breath, then it is about time that you contact the vet.