Before adopting a Chinchilla

Before you buy a chinchilla you should carefully consider a few points first. The most important factor will be whether a chinchilla is the correct type of pet for you and your lifestyle.




Many chinchillas end up dumped in rescue centres each year because someone bought a cute animal on impulse and then didn’t have time to look after it. Many more live out their lives shut in small, unsuitable cages bored out of their little furry minds or get sick and die because of inappropriate care. If you take a chinchilla home, please think carefully!


  • Chinchillas like to chew, they are rodents. This behavior comes naturally to chinchillas as they search for objects to gnaw and file their teeth, just as they would do in the wild. You will need a room to exercise your chinchilla that either you don’t care much about, or has been specially protected. There are plenty of tricks to keep down the destruction such as providing alternative things to chew and plenty of toys but at the end of the day you are going to get some damage
  • Chinchillas get bored. Chinchillas are bright little animals and need plenty to keep them amused. If kept in small cages for long periods can develop fur biting and all sorts of repetitive behaviour
  • Chinchillas are social animals. Having more than one chinchilla can be a good option but be aware that introducing chinchillas is not an easy business and even long term friends can beat up on each other sometimes. If it is not possible, give some extra attention to your chinchilla
  • You have to take great care with a chinchilla´s environment and make sure that there is nothing that they can hurt themselves on, because a chinchilla will eat and chew anything she can find
  • You must be willing to take your chinchilla to the vets and pay the bills
  • You need a big cage, enough for the chinchilla to jump around and have some exercise.. Then there is food, vets bills, toys, eventual damage to property! Consider all costs involved in bringing a chinchilla into your family
  • Although chinchillas are very unlikely to cause an allergy themselves they must have good quality hay to eat. So if you suffer from allergies then you have to consider this. They can also kick up a fair bit of dust. Not to mention the fact that the dust they roll in can aggravate allergies as well
  • Chinnys need their pellets and hay supplemented by a few raisins and bits of vegetable. If you change their food in a hurry they can get sick so make sure that you always have a good supply and mix it as you get to the end of a packet
  • Most chinchillas do not appreciate being cuddled. They are not suitable pets for small children. They should be handled regularly as this makes it a lot easier if they have to go to the vet but they very rarely appreciate it. This doesn’t mean they won’t interact with you.They can come and sit on your lap or shoulder
  • Chinnies nocturnal creatures and like to be up all night while sleeping most of the day
  • Chinchillas like peace and quiet. Don’t place a chinchilla near to a television or where children are playing
  • Chinchillas need to exercise for 20 minutes to an hour each night
  • A chinchilla can live for 15 or even 20 years
  • Who will look after your chinchilla when you are on holiday?


  • Chinchillas must be housed inside within a climate controlled environment. They do not bode well in fluctuations in temperature and easily suffer heat stroke in warm climates. Please be aware and refresh the environment when the temperature is higher.

Welcome Your New Cat

Have you decided to adopt a cat? Fantastic! And today is the day he comes home … When bringing your new cat home prepare his arrival taking into account his well being and adaptation to your family.




  • Have in your home a cat bed, food and water feeders and cat food, collar, litter and sand, hygiene and wellness equipment (scissors, brush, transportbox, scratchers, etc.) and safe toys that are stimulating to play with
  • Choose a day when you can be at home to help with the cat´s adaptation to his new home and routines
  • Prepare the trip home. A trip on a transportbox or by car can be very stressful for a cat. Use a soothing spray of pheromones on the transportbox and place it in a safe place, at your feet or with a blanket on top
  • Keep calm so you do not overload the cat in a phase of change and stress
  • When you get home, place the carrier on the floor in a quiet room, open the door and let the cat explore the space at its own pace
  • Provide a secure and safe space in your house where you and the cat can be comfortable and at ease
  • Place the cat litter in a quiet and easily accessible place, away from the cat resting and eating areas
  • Choose a name for your new pet
  • Take the cat to a veterinarian for a health evaluation visit
  • If your cat will have free access outdoors, keep him indoors for at least 2-3 weeks or until he feels comfortable, to give him time to bond with his new family and to recognize all the different smells and sounds of his new environment , as well as all the corners of the new house
  • Make sure there are no doors or windows open that will allow the cat to escape and be aware of balconies. If you decide that the cat can be also outside let him go out just after settling with his new family and home
  • Put chip and tag on the cat’s collar in case he runs away. Be aware of local legislation.

Calming Signals

Calming signals are a set of body language skills which dogs use to maintain healthy relationships and resolve conflict without having to resort to aggressive behaviors. The most important thing that you can do to understand your dog is to simply observe him. Humans have a very different communication system from dogs and many things that we do our canine companions find offensive and distressful.


Calming Signals


For species who live in packs it is important to be able to communicate with its own kind. Both in order to cooperate when they hunt, to bring up their offspring, and perhaps most importantly: to live in peace with each other. Conflicts are dangerous – they cause physical injuries and a weakened pack.

We learned of calming signals thanks to much work by Turid Rugaas, a Norwegian canine ethologist. She noticed that dogs, like wolves, had signs to communicate stress and cut off aggression.

Calming signals are a set of body language skills which dogs use to maintain healthy relationships and resolve conflict without having to resort to aggressive behaviors. These signals often occur early in interactions with other dogs or other species to help dogs calm themselves and others in the face of stress. Additionally, many dogs make use of calming signals in an effort to simply show goodwill.

The most important thing that you can do when working with your dog is to simply watch the dog. Humans have a very different communication system from dogs and many things that we do our canine companions find offensive and distressful. When our pets show us calming signals, we need to observe these and cease what we are doing. All dogs are individuals and some will be more sensitive than others to particular situations. Some of the more predictable human behaviors that elicit calming signals are raising our voices, leaning over the dog, staring, patting the dog on the head, and physically manipulating the dog’s body position. While dogs can be taught to tolerate some of these items this does not come naturally for the dog.


Observe, learn and respect your dog!

Sweet dreams, the first night at home

The day has come. You bring your pet home. It’s a great day, full of enthusiasm, surprises and smiles … but now it’s time to rest! How can you offer your pet a first night in his new life as peaceful as possible? If you have a puppy he will be more sensitive because he is away from his mother and brothers and alone in a new environment!



  • Give him a light meal before bedtime
  • You can use a diffuser with a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies and as such is the ideal tool to help your puppy settle into his new home and reduce night crying
  • Put a hot-water bag under a blanket on a corner of the bed to comfort the puppy and help relax him
  • Choose a place for the dog or puppy to sleep and respect that decision throughout his growth
  • When leaving the puppy in the place where he will go to sleep you should say goodbye with a verbal or visual signal, without further delay
  • Resist to go to the dog whenever he cries at night or scratches the door, you will only reinforce this behavior.

New Best Friend

If you decided to adopt an animal but you already have animals at home, you should introduce them in a peaceful and quiet way in order to promote a great friendship between them!


  • The first meeting should be promoted if possible in a neutral zone, away from home preferably, in a calm and quiet place
  • The animals should approach each other on their own, without being forced. Let them act naturally, just observe and interfere only when necessary
  • At an early stage there should always be supervision of the interaction between both animals and for short periods of time in order to your pet manage the presence of the new member of the family without emotional overload or increased stress levels
  • Watch for stress signs as rigid body postures, if your pet tries to move away from the other animal or the location, look away, yawn and lip lick. In case the animal is not comfortable or can not manage the situation, you should remove him and try again later
  • Signs of trust and good interaction between dogs: smell the body of one another, especially the anogenital region, exhibit relaxed body postures, begin joint exploration of the territory or show signs of play. If both are well, relaxed and comfortable let them get to know each other without interfering too much
  • When necessary to facilitate the process, there are additional tools such as the use of pheromones that can help to create a safe zone or make the animals behave in a more youthful way, promoting the play between them
  • The crouching posture of the hind limbs in dogs, keeping the back of the body raised and wagging their tail is the most explicit invitation a dog can give another. They are already friends!

Choose a pet name

One of the funniest parts of adopting a pet is choosing his name. There are always strange, original, funny or more eccentric ideas. Do not forget that the name should be easy for the animal to understand and that should accompany your pet the rest of his life … so be nice 😉


  • Choose a simple name with a maximum of three syllables
  • An easy name helps a lot in the relationship with the animal
  • Short names that end with vowels are easier and facilitate pet learning
  • Do not choose derogatory names
  • Avoid names that are confused with others pronounced at home (or similar) to avoid shuffling the dog.

Welcome your new Dog

Finally came the day you were waiting for … the arrival of your new best friend and family member … your new dog! Are you ready?


Prepare the dog arrival:

  • Have in your house
    • Bed for the dog
    • Feeder for dog food and water
    • Dog food
    • Dog house if necessary
    • Collar, harness and leash
    • Hygiene and welfare equipment: scissors, shampoo, brush, crate, etc.)
    • Safe and stimulating dog toys for chewing and playing
  • Choose a day when you can be at home to help the dog adapting and get used to the routines of your house
  • Be peaceful so you do not overwhelm the dog in this new phase of change and stress and let him set in at his own pace
  • Provide a secure and fenced space so you can both be comfortable and at ease
  • Choose a name for the dog
  • Take the dog to the veterinarian for a health evaluation and vaccination and deworming plan
  • The dog needs chip and identification tag on his collar in case he gets lost or runs away


All you have to do now is have a good time with your dog, playing, training, creating a bond with him that will strengthen throughout your life!

Benefits of adopting an adult pet

When adopting a pet, many prefer dogs or kittens! Make a difference, adopt an adult animal. He will be thankful to you for the rest of his life and the best we have to do for them in this adult phase is to return all the love they give us, taking care of them when they need us the most.


It is not by chance that they are called “puppy eyes” – there is something about puppies that makes them absolutely irresistible! But that does not mean that a puppy is the right choice for you and your family.

If you are thinking about adopting a puppy, you will find that they are naturally curious and eager to learn, so it is absolutely necessary that you have time to train him. Training a puppy is fun but also requires dedication, time and work. You will need to teach him everything, from going outside to walking on leash, being alone at home and socializing with people and other animals.

Anyone who has ever had a puppy at home knows that it is energy that does not end! And those growing teeth always seem to find a slipper, the corners of the furniture, the remote control … Adult dogs can be a lot quieter in this regard.

It is also common for puppies to cry more at night, while adult dogs tend to adapt and follow their routine more easily.

It is difficult to predict a puppy’s behavior. At this stage, they have a different routine and behavior than the rest of their lives. An adult dog already has a defined personality and habits and it is easier to perceive which animal best suits your lifestyle.

There is no reason why you can not create such a strong relationship with an adult dog as with a puppy. The old saying “it is not possible to teach an old dog new tricks” is not true because all dogs can continue to learn and adapt throughout their life.

Some shelter dogs for adoption are already trained to live at home because they had a family before being abandoned.

Unfortunately, some adult dogs that are for adoption don’t have a happy past, and may have some bad experiences. These dogs need extra love, time and patience, but what you get will be very rewarding and will result in a friendship for life. Working together in training will truly help you create a special relationship and build trust between the two!

Choose the Right Pet for You

Adopting a pet is an exciting decision but you should do your homework before taking him home to ensure you choose the right animal for you and your lifestyle!


When choosing the right animal for you should consider:

  • What specie you want to adopt: dog, cat or maybe another animal

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Maybe you love a small rodent or a reptile. The choice takes into account the personal interests of each person. Then it is important to consider the requirements of each animal and how they fit into your lifestyle

  • Age of the animal, still very young or already adult

Pet babies are irresistible and makes you fall in love immediately. But they are also more demanding in terms of dedication, time and work. You have to think very carefully if you are aware of everything that involves raising a baby animal. Do not make decisions based on impulse and always inform yourself first

  • Male or female, depending on your personal preference

You may have heard several theories about the advantages of having a male or a female.Each animal will have its own personality independent of its sex and that should be the main focus of your decision.

Whatever your decision, adopt a pet in a conscious, informed and responsible way. The animal will now become part of your family and as such you just made a commitment for life!

And do not forget to have fun with your new best friend!

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

Are you and your family willing to make a 10 – 15 year commitment to this sentient being in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, for as long as all shall live?


Adopting a pet is a wonderful opportunity to welcome a new family member while giving an animal an opportunity to have a happy life! But it should always be a thoughtful decision.

  • FAMILY: What type of animal is the best fit for your home, considering the people and animals that already live in your house? It should also take into account the lifestyle you have and the type of animal that would best suit your routines
  • SPACE: Think about the conditions you can offer to your new pet. Think about the species, size and age of the animal you intend to adopt. Is it an animal that needs more space, more dynamic? Is it a quieter animal and you have the comfort he needs? And on vacation, can you take him with you or leave him with someone?
  • TIME: Although you may have room in your heart for an animal, you also need space in your calendar. You should make sure you have time to respond to the behavioral, social and physical needs of the animal that will be part of your family. Although there are animals that require less availability on your part yet all animals benefit from your dedication and affection
  • EXPENSES: Caring for an animal implies a cost that must be taken into account (veterinary care, food, hygiene care, comfort, among others). All this is part of being a responsible owner, so before adopting an animal you have to make sure that you are comfortable with all the costs that may arise.

Having an animal is a commitment to life and it is important to provide a stable environment to your best friend. Make sure you can do it before you take him home. When deciding to raise the family it is important to carefully consider what is best for you and your new pet.