|Photo via Carlos Gracia|
If you've never touched the super soft fur of a Chinchilla, you are really missing out! Unfortunately, it's one of the reasons they are popular candidates for fur coats but I think their fur looks much better on them than any human.
So how do Chinchillas keep their coats pristine and clean? With a bath of course! But Chinchillas don't take baths with your typical soap and water. Nope. They take their baths with dust.
You can buy special dust for Chinchillas to bathe in at most pet stores. Then, just add some dust to a bowl and watch the fun (and cute) begin. A Chinchilla will roll around in the dust, bathing themselves in it. Check out the video below. It's of two baby Chinchillas taking their very first dust bath.
Warning: This video may cause excessive ooo-ing and awwww-ing!
So, as you can see bathing a Chinchilla is pretty simple. They mostly do all the work themselves. It does make a small mess, oddly enough.
Why do Chinchillas bathe themselves in dust anyways? It sure does seem like a strange way to keep clean. First of all, a dust bath is thought to be relaxing and fun for a Chinchilla. Just like your fancy bubble bath. More importantly, it helps keep their skin and coat healthy by absorbing excess oils and dirt.
I know some dogs and cats out there who are jealous of the cute little Chinchilla critters after hearing about their dust baths. Wouldn't it be great to roll around in dust and NOT have to take a wet bath afterwards?