Chinchillas should be given chinchilla dust to roll in at least once or twice a week. This is a fine powder that mimics the volcanic ash of their native environment. Oil and dirt sticks to the dust, and is thus removed from the chinchilla when the dust particles fall out of the fur. Dust can be left in the cage at all times, or for a few minutes several times a week. Chinchillas will soil the dust if it is left in the cage at all times, so it will need to be changed more often if this is done. The dust particles are also very fine, and will get into an indoor ventilation system. If the chinchillas are being kept in a human dwelling, the air handling system will need to have a filter that is changed often. It is not advisable to sift your dust or use it on multiple animals since this practice can enhance the spread of fungus. Blue Cloud and Blue Sparkle are the most common and effective brands of chinchilla dust used for show and breeding stock.
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