Our unlikely cat scarer and nitrogen fixer…

The other day, in a garden centre, I saw some chicken pellet fertiliser … and the picture on the packet looked remarkably like the droppings created by our little pet at home.

So back home, I did a little online research and …. turns out that our beloved 17 yr old chinchilla, who has been my pet since I was just out of my teens, is a compost making machine.  There were forums of people in America comparing how much money they were making from selling their chinchilla droppings on Craigs List, meanwhile we’ve just been sweeping them into the bin all these years!

I immediately started using this new, free, nitrogen fixer on the soil, and time will tell how good it really is.  However, the best side effect so far has been that we can take down our battery-powered sonic cat scarer.  The local cats creep up, and then dart off, terrified, never to return.

Chinchillas are native to the Andes, so perhaps they think some huge South American mountain cat got there first?



    1. He lives in a large wire cage (similar to one for rats or ferrets) and beneath the floor mesh is sawdust. He sleeps on a little fleece cat blanket. Our chin lived in a big aviary-sized cage when he was younger and leaping up the walls – but is in a shorter, retirement version now he is older πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Maegan πŸ™‚ Yup – I know people who do just that – either adding it to the compost heap to help it break down, or by digging it straight into the soil.

  1. You have a great blog! I may use the idea in this post for my own garden in Wisconsin. Also, thank you for following my blog. Keep up the good work and have a great day.

  2. Believe it or not, I’d never seen a chinchilla before. Cute little guy, and a lot like the goose that laid the golden poop. πŸ™‚
    We have two alpacas [out of the original 4] and they create neat poop piles which provide a hotbed for worms down in the more mature layers. I haven’t used the poop as such, but I’ve noticed that the growth downslope of the piles is lush and green. May try to harvest some mature poop and try it out. πŸ™‚

    1. Good luck – I hope the experiment went well πŸ™‚ I love the idea of alpacas … there is a company here that offer “walks with alpacas’ through the ancient forest, and it’s really popular.

      1. lol – they must be well trained! The alpacas that is. Ours a pushy, stubborn and they…sneeze? Or maybe it’s spit. Either way you can get covered in smell goo if they’re in a bad mood. :/

        1. *laughs* okay, that sounds really unappealing – I may leave the alpaca walking to the tourists …. πŸ˜€ Funnily enough it was our chinchilla’s birthday yesterday – now in his 19th year (!)

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