Cat vs…. Chinchilla?

Why does the chinchilla chase the cat? And why does the cat run away?

I had no idea chinchillas were such appealing, lively little characters. All I knew was that you had to allow them to take dust baths. (Supposedly those are good for hamsters, too.)

In the 1950s there was a national fad for breeding chinchillas at home in hopes of getting rich by selling them to manufacturers of fur coats. The father of a friend of mine had a whole cellarful of chinchillas.  But they don’t do well in the heat. Air conditioning is a must for them–and most homes back then didn’t have air conditioning.

I don’t know how we stood it in the summer.

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