Caring for a Chipmunk
Author: Pets Parade Team
Although chipmunks are not as easy to handle as other, more common rodents, they can still form strong bonds with their owner in time. They are lively, curious, full of activity and make good, lively companions.
Chipmunks can be housed either singly, in pairs or in groups. It is not advisable to house two males together, as fighting is likely to occur. They can be housed indoors or outdoors and either way, their cage must be as large as possible. Chipmunks require a large area to move around in.
They enjoy climbing and burrowing, so branches should be added to the cage and the base should be covered with wood-shavings, peat or shredded paper.
It is a good idea to add shelves, rocks and other objects to the cage in order to make it more interesting for your chipmunk. It is essential that there is a nest box for each adult chipmunk in the cage. The cage needs to be cleaned regularly, especially the area that is used as a toilet.
Chipmunks should be fed cereals, vegetables and nuts. They should also have a small amount of protein added to their diet through meat and eggs.
Dry dog food can be a good source of animal protein. Variation in a Chipmunk's diet is good, as they seem to like it. Chipmunks should always have access to fresh water.
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