A baby Chinchilla is one of the cutest baby animals but they can be a bundle of fur caught in your throat if you do not know how to handle them. Since you are reading this article, it is either your mother Chinchilla has suddenly given birth or you found yourself either buying or adopting a baby Chinchilla.
A baby Chinchilla is not like any other animals. Once born, a baby Chinchilla or Kit has fully open eyes and a whole body of fur. It looks like a mini Chinchilla but don’t be fooled, it is also vulnerable just like any other baby animal in some regard.
A Chinchilla is technically a baby if it is less than 8 weeks old. Although it looks strong enough and can even move around the cage on its own, it needs special precaution and care. It is called a Kit in technical terms.
A Kit needs Chinchilla milk if it is too young or less than 6-8 weeks of age. If your mother Chinchilla is not producing enough milk, another female (if you have one) can feed your kit. In the worst case scenario, you need to bottle feed your baby Chinchilla special milk if you have no mommy Chin who has milk for it.
A Kit will typically begin eating hay or solid food at about 4 weeks of age and will be ready to be weaned from mother’s milk when they are 8 weeks old.
A Kit needs milk every 2-3 hours. If you have too many Kits and they are not getting enough milk because bigger or stronger ones are getting all the milk (baby animals usually are competitive for food), you can try rotating your Kits and leaving only one with the mom so it can feed in peace. If not with the mother, other Chinchillas can help keep your Kit warm or you may use a warmed towel to help keep it warm.
The usual problem in caring for Kits is if the mother cannot feed them all or one of the Kits is getting all the milk or if the Kit is injured and cannot feed. A Kit can become injured if an adult jumped on it or if it was accidentally bitten by the mother. Chinchilla mothers can bite the Kit if the nipples are sore and the Kit’s sharp teeth hurt the mom.
Since Kits are very small, it is best to keep them in cages that have a solid bottom so their small and sensitive feet won’t get hurt. The spaces of the cage also need to be very close together or at least not bigger than half an inch apart to ensure the Kit will not escape or get its feet or head stuck between the spaces.
Although Chinchillas are not aggressive towards each other, they can accidentally hurt each other. It is why it is best that the cage for Kits are one level only and only has the mom as the adult to minimize accidents. Chinchillas love to climb and jump, so if there are multiple levels or if there are other adults, the Kit can get jumped on or trampled on.
Kits are very easy to care for if you follow the typical guidelines above. They require very little care and do not destroy furniture or shoes like puppies or furniture like kittens. They also have a shorter infancy compared to cats and dogs and hence are great pets to have with little to no hassle at all for those who have read this facts sheet.