Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our New Friend!

Our class has a cute, new, little friend!
Meet our new class pet! A chinchilla!

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Petsmart who wanted to give my class a gift card to pick out a class pet. After a lot of thinking and research, I decided a chinchilla would be the perfect pet for my class.


(Click here to learn more about Petsmart's educational programs and to learn more about how you could earn a grant to get a pet for your own classroom.)

Chinchillas are not cheap, but luckily my gift card was able to cover the entire purchase of the pet, the cage, and many of the start up materials. Amy, my local Petsmart manager, was able to help me through the process, answer all of my questions, and give me the information I needed to take care of my new friend.


Thank you to Petsmart for everything!! My students LOVE her!!

I told my class that they could name her. After narrowing down the list, we are voting between the names Cupcake and Chimichunga (Chimi for short) tomorrow. I will let you know what the class decides. :)

If any of you are considering getting a class pet, please feel free to use this questionnaire I made to help assess allergies and to get feedback as to which pets your students would be interested in.


Any advice for me? What tips do you have for caring for a class pet? Anyone had a chinchilla before?

15 comments:

Jenny said...

I clearly remember a boy bringing in his pet chinchilla back in 3rd grade. I remember them saying how they are very fragile and they like to play in sand.

Natalie Kay said...

They take sand baths! (No water or soap - just sand!)

angel2be said...

I've had a chinchilla very many years. They are fantastic pets and the kids love them :) I haven't found them to be too fragile, but they do love their sand baths. Raisins are a great treat, as are most veggies. They are a nocturnal animal, which means they are pretty quiet during the day, but my chin has been wonderful with the students. Have a great time with your new pet :) Our chin's name is Shadow.

Sarah said...

Very cool! I'd be interested to hear more about how you received the class pet. Did you sign up somehow or put your name into a pool of people? Is this something petsmart does often? I think having a class pet would be awesome but I have no desire at this time to foot the initial bill. Good luck with your new friend. Hope you and the kiddos enjoy!

Chantelle said...

How exciting! I can't wait until I finish my internship and have my own classroom. The chinchilla is the pet that I have been dying to have in classroom for ages! I can't wait to read all the posts you make about your class pet and the "adventures" your chinchilla will go on with your students {hopefully you'll dedicate an area on your blog to your class pet cause I would LOVE to hear/read all about your chinchilla! Also, if you click on the link below it will take you to the petco website where you can order {for FREE} a class pack for your students, it brings enough material for a class of 30 students and it will help you cover how to care for a small pet in the classroom. Hope it helps! And best of luck with your chinchilla... can't wait to hear what you name him/her!!!

Petco Link: http://www.petco.com/product/112341/Carefresh-Lesson-in-a-Box-Small-Animal-Pet-Care-Classroom-Kit.aspx

P.S. You said that you asked a lot of questions when you were deciding on a pet, by any chance did they tell you if the chinchilla bites or nibbles?

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Busy Bees said...

I had a rabbit once and the kids loved it. It is an easy pet to take care of..just clean the "litter" often. Someone told us to put baking soda in the "litter" box and it did smell much better. Never heard of the sand bath...makes sense. Your questionnaire is awesome. I am checking back to see what you name your rabbit!! Ours was Hershey because she was chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Wyand said...

I love your little chinchilla! So cute. I also applied for the Pets in the Classroom grant and am waiting to hear back from them. Personally, I like the name Cupcake, but I'm interested to see what your students choose! :)

Allison said...

Thank you so much for the information. I just applied for a grant. Your chinchilla is so cute!!

Tara said...

We love having pets and I have a total random post about the different animals we have. I actually started writing a book and now is being illustrated about our hedgehog and chinchilla and the funny conversations they have about the kids. If you have any questions I would love to help out.... Good luck with you new guy, they really are so much fun! Chow~Tara


http://oceansofteachingideas.blogspot.com/2011/08/pets-pets-and-more-pets.html

first.grade.BUZZ said...

how fun! I wanted to get a chinchilla but they are so pricey... so I settled for a hamster... haha. I love our little guy though and I'm about to bring him up to school for the kids to meet. I have a pet manager job and that person gets to help me feed Sherlock every day for that week. And then if we change his cage out. They LOVE it. And they love it when he comes out in his ball during center time--last year my kids were amazing and would continue their center time when he'd roll up to them, they'd move and watch for a second, and then keep working.

Stacey said...

My daughter has had chinchillas for the past ten years. Now she is away at school and we have five of them! Mom, Dad, twin boys, and a girl!! They take DUST baths in a little plastic type house to keep their fur clean. We buy the chinchilla for and Timothy hay for them. They can hop up to five feet high! Ours have escaped in the house and we usually put out their dust bath house and they go right in. If you gently handle them, they are quite tame. Ours are named, Dusty (Dad, grey), Yuna (Mom, white), Eddie and Al (white twin boys) and little critter (girl, black).Enjoy!

Chez Zizi said...

Thanks so much, I totally signed up for this. It would be great in my classroom.
Zizette

Karen Nelson said...

Your chinchilla is very cute! For anyone else reading this and considering a class pet, I would not recommend getting a rabbit for a class pet. I have house bunnies and all of them have been rescued from different situations. For anyone considering this, here is a link with more info: http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/classroom.html. Thanks! Good luck with your chinchilla!

Karen Nelson said...

Oops! The link was supposed to end with html, not htm.

Erica Bohrer said...

So cute! Let's have our class pets be pen pals!

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