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How to Burrito a Chinchilla

Often, when a chinchilla is sick or injured, it is necessary to wrap it up in order to care for its illness or injuries and administer medication. Another reason for wrapping a chinchilla is to force feed one that is not eating on their own. If done correctly, it can make caring for the chinchilla much easier. If not, the chinchilla can get loose and the animal can actually make matters worse by aggravating the injury. Below are the list of supplies needed and the steps to safely wrap a chinchilla.

Supplies Needed Steps
A burrito wrapped chinchilla,
ready for feeding and/or medications.
  1. Make sure that all medications, the food, syringes, etc. are ready to go. It is best to fill any syringes ahead of time to shorten the amount of time the chinchilla is wrapped. This will help to ease the stress for both the chinchilla and the owner.
  2. Get the chinchilla.
  3. Lay the dish towel across your chest. One edge of the towel should be about mid breast line, on one side.
  4. Set chinchilla on the towel near the edge. The chinchilla should be belly down. The excess towel on the other side will give you plenty of material to wrap around the chinchilla.
  5. Grab the short side and pull it up and around the chinchilla's back and side, then very quickly wrap the longer side around the chinchilla. Continue wrapping it until the chinchilla is completely covered and all four legs are safely tucked inside. Be careful not to get it too tight.
  6. Place the wrapped chinchilla between your left (if you are right handed) arm and body, football style.
  7. Hold the head by putting your thumb on one side of the head, the index and middle finger on top of the head and the ring and pinky fingers on the remaining side of the head.
  8. Administer medication or feed the chinchilla. If checking or cleaning and injury or surgery site, uncover the area in question to perform the necessary tasks.