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ChillDust™ is naturally pure, non-crystalline, 100% pumice blended from select grades to provide both a gleeful dust frolic and highly effective cleaning. Dust bathing is a fascinating, instinctual grooming behavior of chinchillas, degus, dwarf hamsters, gerbils and similar furry dry-climate critters — designed by nature to keep fur effectively clean and skin in primo health.

In the wild, chinchillas, in particular, actively seek out the volcanic pumice deposits abundant in the South American Andes region they call home, as pumice dust is nature-engineered to be highly effective for dry bathing.

But all pumice is not created the same, nor is the bathing dust created from it. See Why ChillDust? below.

Instructions for Using ChillDust™

A regular dust bath is an absolute necessity for chinchillas and degus. The romp of a vigorous dust bath is one of their natural behaviors, and pumice dust is highly effective in cleaning their incredibly dense and luxurious fur. Not only does this dust bath help to keep that lush fur smooth and silky, it is a relaxing, fun, and social experience for chinchillas. Indeed, chinchillas really get into their baths, rolling and flipping and scratching in the dust with great abandon.

Gerbils do not need dust baths to the extent that chinchillas need them. However, being desert-dwelling critters, they do enjoy and benefit from a regular dust-bath. Dwarf hamsters as well. Some gerbil and hamster owners have had success introducing the dust-bathing behavior by sprinkling some of the bathing dust on the backs of their critter, encouraging them to roll around.

Depending on the individual critter, you will need to adjust the frequency and length of the dust bath, but a good starting point (especially with chinchillas) is twice a week for up to 15 minutes each session. Use an inch or so of dust in a bathing container. ChillDust can certainly be left in the cage for free-choice use, but will get soiled and will need to be cleaned and changed often. And some critters may begin using the dust bath it as a litter box or may bath so frequently that they dry out their skin, so keep an eye on things and adjust as needed. Also, we advise against rotating the same dust among multiple cages and animals, as this may spread fungus and other problems.

Dust Control Tips

Because of the natural relative density of the pumice we source for ChillDust™, chinchilla breeders confirm that there is much less airborne dust generated from the vigorous and acrobatic bathing behaviors of their critters than from competing products they have used, but you'll still get some pumice dust in the air. Tips to control the dust include using a covered dust-bathing container (like a fish bowl or similar container designed specifically for the purpose), draping a large, dust-catching towel (or similar) temporarily over the cage, and adding an air filtration unit to the room and change and/or clean the particulate filter regularly. Chilldust is non-crystalline in structure, so breathing the dust is not hazardous, but if you breathe enough of it—like any benign airborne particulate—irritation may result.

Why ChillDust?

ChillDust™ is sourced from the purest commercial deposit of white pumice on the planet, providing a pure and natural dust bathing sensation.

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ChillDust™ is available in 1 lb bags, 2.5 lb bags (can economically ship multiples up to 27.5 lbs), pallets of 25 lb or 50 lb sacks, and a 2000 lb supersack.

Carefully blended from select grades to effectively clean fur and skin, ChillDust™ captures excess oils and odor-carrying yuck, contributing greatly to the well-being of your cute little critter. ChillDust is an effective cleanser—the unique structural makeup of pumice granules provides aggressive grab-and-hold cleansing performance and superior oil absorbtion properties.

The Nitty Gritty

ChillDust™ particles have no crystalline structure, and thus do not present a respitatory danger to man or beast. In industrial use, for example, our pumice grades (including those grades used for the ChillDust blend) are classified by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) as no more than a "nuisance dust." ChillDust is also pH neutral (pH of 7.2) and so presents no caustic acidity or alkalinity concerns. The relative density (2.35 g/cc) of our pumice means the airborne dust generated by dust-bathing activity is diminished, as verified by chinchilla breeders and pet owners who have switched to ChillDust.

Certified by Empress Chincilla

Empress Chinchilla is a breeders cooperative that was established in 1945 to educate chinchilla ranchers and establish quality standards to breed, show and market superior animals. The ChillDust™ blend was developed in close cooperation with key Empress breeders, including Casey Craner and renowned expert Jim Ritterspach. Here's what some of them had to say.

Empress Chinchilla Members Receive 10% off of ChillDust Orders (Use Empress Discount Code at Checkout).

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