There are several chinchilla books available, but not all are equally good. Some even contradict what we consider to be good practice. The following paragraphs provide brief descriptions of the books we've read and our recommendations as to which books are worth purchasing.
A New Owner's Guide to Chinchillas
by Audrey Pavia
This is our most recent chinchilla book purchase. It also happens to be the newest one on the market that we know of (published in 2003) and thought worth purchasing. We found this book to be the most comprehensive of all the books we have listed here.
The book starts off with questions about whether a chinchilla is the right pet because of the time and money commitments. But it doesn't dwell too long there and quickly moves on to helpful ideas of how to acquire, house, feed, handle, and otherwise care for a chinchilla. The health care section is particularly good in that it covers common and some not so common chinchilla ailments.
We highly recommend this book.
The Guide to Owning a Chinchilla
This is a somewhat old book published in 1997. It covers the basics of chinchilla care and includes a couple of closeup photos of teeth and paws that we thought were useful. It's one thing to read a description of something and to actually see a picture of what is being described.
However, this book doesn't stand out from the others described on this page. We also disagree with the suggestion that chinchilla pairs shouldn't be the same gender. The book actually suggests having a male and female as a pair because same sex pairs will fight savagely. This is contrary to our own experience and research.
Lastly, we didn't like that the featured chinchilla products all came from one company. It made us suspicious that the recommendations were probably biased in favor of a sponsor.
We don't recommend this book.
Pet Owner's Guide to the Chinchilla
Natalie Kirkiewicz & Gary Broomhead
This guide to chinchillas seems geared towards children which we like. Throughout the book, photos include a child caring for chinchillas. We think this sends a good message to youngsters that with some effort they can enjoy having chinchillas of their own.
One thing that is different about this book is a brief description of a chinchilla run along with a photo. We've often thought about how we could safely take our chinchillas outside and this was the first book to offer suggestions on how to pursue that goal.
We recommend this book.
Chinchillas: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual
by Maike Roder-Thiede
This book provides a decent introduction to chinchillas. It's fairly old having been first printed in 1997. And although there isn't a lot of new research being done with chinchillas, we think it makes more sense to buy the latest book available.
The structure of the book might make it appropriate for younger readers as it makes heavy use of checklists and tip boxes rather than long-winded paragraph-style descriptions.
We recommend this book for young readers.