- The Joy of Chinchillas
- Lani Ritchey BSc.AS,
- Elizabeth Current Cogswell MR MS PHN, and
- Roxane Beeman
- Plastic Spiral Bound (1999), 69 pages
- Dimensions: Approx. 8 1/2" x 11" (22 cm x 28 cm)
The Joy of Chinchillas is an excellent reference
book for chinchilla owners. We recommend this book
highly to experienced chinchilla owners who want to
learn more about their pet chins, particularly about
chinchilla health issues. We would recommend this book
as more of a “second chinchilla book” rather than as
an “introduction to chinchillas” book.
A few of the authors’ opinions and theories are
considered somewhat controversial in pet chinchilla
circles. The authors do, however, identify those items
that are based on their theories and give the reasoning
behind them. We find that we are usually in agreement.
Co-author Betti Cogswell, aka “ChinMom”, is a frequent
and well known contributor to ChinMail and
Alt.Chinchilla, the online chinchilla newsgroup.
Chapters include: Introduction to Chinchilla Ownership,
Things to Consider When Buying a Chinchilla, Equipment
and Supplies, Nutrition, Handling a Chinchilla,
Chinchilla Health, Diarrhea, Tooth Problems, Showing
Your Chinchilla, Maternity and Geriatrics, Questions
Still Open, and References and Recommended Reading.