Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a bit of focused information we've accumulated from answering questions about our ChillDust dust bathing product and the pumice it's made from.
What's in ChillDust™? Pumice and...?
Just pumice. Chilldust is excusively from the pumice in the Hess Pumice deposit in Southeast Idaho, recognized as the purest commercial deposit of white pumice in the world.
Will dust bathing created airborne dust?
Yes. How extensive of a cloud depends on the antics of the critter rolling around in the ChillDust. See the dust control tips provided here. 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.
How do I use ChillDust™?
More extensive instructions are found here, but briefly: 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 heavy bowl or other bathing container.
How do I store ChillDust™?
Pumice attacts moisure from the air, so keep ChillDust dry and "dusty" by keeping the bag or container tightly sealed.
Why doesn't my [critter] use the dust bath I have so thoughtfully provided?
Chinchillas typically take to dust bathing with all-in glee. But for other critters, perhaps they've never been presented with a dust bath before—so they don't get it. People have had success sprinkling dust on the critter's back to introduce the concept. In the end, some critters may never be interested in the activity.
Can I just leave the dust bath in with my [critter]. You know, free choice?
No one right answer for that—but here are two key considerations: critter type and personality. Some people go free-choice without a perceived problem; others find the dust bath gets used as a litter box and needs frequent cleaning and replacement. Some furries may over-endulge and dry out their skin, while others partake only infrequently and ignore it the rest of the time. Whatever you decide, take into account the active times for your critter. Chins, gerbils, hamsters and such tend to be nocturnal and most active when you're asleep, so if you only make it available during the day when they're curled up in their hidey holes, that's not going to work.