Many pet owners have many different pets at home to help bring joy and fun to our stressful life in Singapore. Thus, it is common to have a pair of different sex pet chinchilla housed in the same cage. They breed and grow in population continously when are left together in a cage. Do keep in mind these 5 major pitfalls commonly encountered here:
Two major genetic defects were malocclusion and seizure/fits that are found in pet chinchillas in Singapore.. Problems were exacerbated by poor breeding knowledge and breeding of two weak/poor quality animals together. These genetics defects are passed on to their offsprings. Being a responsible pet parents or breeders, always breed to improve the quality and health of an animals, Animals with genetic defects should not be breed.
2.Back to back breeding
Many pet owners do not house the male chinchilla separately when female is in labour. Females are on heat and they have a high chance of impregnated after labour and while nursing the newborns. It is not healthy and will over taxing for the nursing mums. Always separated the male for at least 8 weeks from the day of babies birth to avoid back breeding.
Over the years, we find the local typical size of chinchilla in Singapore have shrunk a lot from 600+g to mere 400+g animals. This problem was largely escalated by lack of knowledge of breeding and pet owners preferences of recessive mutations such as violet, blue diamond, ebony etc. These chinchillas are usually of weak genes and quality. Many of them also carries genetic defects and problems along to their babies such as teeth malocclusion, fits, vitamins absorption deficiencies. Due to their size smaller, the mothers constantly face difficulty in childbirth and probability of chinchilla mother passed during and after labour were also high. Their offsprings were usually genetically weaker and unable to strive. Many of these females mums were also not able to generate enough milk after labour. As a result, their off-springs were smaller and lacked of ability to strive for growth. Many of them would not make it during first 2 weeks. Generally Chinchillas that are small and weighted less than 600g should not be breed.
4. Be prepared for population explosion.
One overpopulation case we encountered were a pair of chinchillas are breed continuouly and created a 30+ family of chinchillas in a short period. Some pet owners lack of cage space to separate different sex into breeding. Male and females offsprings shared same enclosures with their parents. When offpsring maturely grow to an adult, they mated with the females (mother/sis) under the same family line. Breeding can bring about population explosion.
5. Young females
Young females less than a year old should not be in breeding. They have not yet fully growth (uterus have not fully developed) to be pregnant and tend to have high risk of complications during labour such as uterine/renal prolapse, dystocia and mastitis. In most cases, they passed during or after childbirth. Avoid pairing young females to mature males
Pet owners are encouraged to maintain chinchillas in single-sex groups to provide companionship. It helps to avoid producing large numbers of offsprings and complications due to child birth.