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Bathing Your Chinchilla

Unlike other animals, chinchillas take baths in dust. These dust baths are very important to a chinchilla’s health as they ensure that their coats stay healthy and free of debris. The frequency with which you give dust baths will depend on your climate. If you live in a humid climate you will want to give your chin his bath anywhere from 3 times a week to every day. If your climate is dry, once a week to no more than 3 times a week is sufficient. Too much bathing can cause your chin's skin to dry out, which can lead to other problems.

Praline models the bathing process.

You can use nearly anything as a dust bath container. Commonly used containers include: cat litter boxes, fish bowls, cardboard boxes, plastic bins, cookie jars, and there are even bath houses manufactured solely for this purpose.