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General Chat / Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« on: August 21, 2017, 08:25:27 AM »
Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

General Chat / Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« on: August 13, 2017, 09:02:01 PM »
Definitely call. I think it will give you some peace of mind. I think you'll find it is safer than nails or staples.

General Chat / Re: Adopt
« on: August 05, 2017, 09:50:09 PM »
I highly recommend this one, at the very least contacting them first. They may not have chinchillas available but I strongly suspect they'll know exactly where to point you. If not please let us know.

Health / Re: Atypical presentation of pyometra or...?
« on: August 05, 2017, 09:48:01 PM »
That's an interesting presentation there. I'm very sorry to hear that you're going through this. It is not uncommon for chinchillas to be active until the very end and when depression shows up it's usually too late to save them which is why an early diagnosis of disease is always preferred.

I hate to be the harbinger of doom and gloom yet again but I don't think your best option is a hysterectomy. Most pet chinchillas live around 10 years although it is your pet and you should do what you think is best. Recovery from this kind of surgery is usually very involved, requires syringe feeding, sometimes overnight care, and usually repeat vet visits and sometimes emergency visits. There are numerous possible and common complications, especially respiratory and digestive and you will need to be prepared to handle them.

If you wish to move ahead with that consider it very carefully. Even with surgery from what I've seen it's about a 50-50 chance for a younger chin. I'm not saying not do it but the risk is very high and age does not help it any. I do think a hysterectomy is required to save this one since antibiotics cannot cure the infection.

General Chat / Re: Where can I get a nice wooden shelter house?
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:33:10 PM »
I have one like this. It worked pretty well. Because my chinchillas are so territorial about their cage I stopped using them and they act calmer.

Q & A / Re: Is my chinchilla lonely?
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:05:22 PM »
I think your chinchilla will do fine. Most actually prefer to be alone. All chinchillas take time to settle down and learn their new surroundings. For two weeks I recommend being very careful to not stress him out. You may want to run a fan in the room at night (but do not blow it towards the cage) to give him some background noise that will drain out all of the new and unusual noises and vibration that will take some time to get used to. The noises are probably related to that.

If a chinchilla fights with another it's not worth trying to pair him with another. The general rule is if there is fighting that results in fur pulling or bloodshed it is too risky to keep the chins together. They are capable of killing each other in a very short time.

Take to handling your new pet slowly, especially the first month you have him. Interact mostly through the cage until your pet will come to you. A 3 year old breeder is probably not going to be very tame or pet-like. He is going to require a lot of work and care. I've done this with a two year old chin that wasn't handled much. It was difficult the first 6 months but it was a great learning experience.

General Chat / Re: Attn: Grayrodent
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:41:16 PM »
I just did a search on the forum and found it. The highest count recorded was 5700. I calculated around 4mi on a 15" wheel. Normally counts were around 2,000 by morning after the counter was reset at night.

The data was a single magnet that closed a reed switch every one rotation. Considering the wheel can spin a few times after the animal jumps off the number is probably a bit higher than if it were to detect whether or not the animal was actually running.

I have plans to build a more sophisticated system but I don't know when I'll actually do it. That one will measure quarter rotations and will log RPMs to help weed out false positives.

Q & A / Re: Chinchilla toys
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:45:22 AM »
I wish I could say. I'm in the US. Can anyone else make a recommendation?

Cages / Re: Ferret Nation and Bass Pan review
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:43:15 AM »
Could you put a shelf close enough that they can jump from it? Chins can jump over 2 feet straight up.
The problem with ramps is the horizontal bars are notorious for trapping their feet and legs since the foot easily slips between them. The cloth covering will get chewed on and if the bars get exposed they can hang if they get their foot on it. I have countless horror stories to tell. In the last incident I know of the cover slipped partially off and the chin hung by its leg and lost circulation. Its toes had to be amputated and part of the foot sloughed off before it began to heal up. Also had muscle damage further up from flailing around to get free. At least that one survived. Others have not as been as fortunate.

Health / Re: Chinchilla strange mouth inflammation
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:39:06 AM »
It probably is an abscess, which is common in chinchillas with malocclusion. My recommendation is getting a dental x-ray. Unfortunately the x-ray is the best diagnostic tool at your disposal and it does require anesthesia.

If malocclusion is found I recommend euthanasia as surgery to correct it almost always provides only temporary results. It's kind of gruesome to mention this but I had this happen once to a pet and they charged extra for disposal. To save money you can opt to take care of that yourself.

Until you can make the appointment to do that I also recommend feeding a recovery diet and getting materials and instructions for your vet. Anorexia wreaks havoc on chinchillas.

Very sorry to hear this.

General Chat / Re: Attn: Grayrodent
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:32:15 AM »
Wow I don't remember exactly but it I think it was something over three miles.

Cages / Re: Ferret Nation and Bass Pan review
« on: July 23, 2017, 07:40:58 AM »
Thank you for posting this. That's great that you want to share it. I have a FN-182 and I love it. I have customized the flooring though but I recommend the aftermarket pan for most.
You are right about the fleece ramp covers. Accidents with these ramps are common even with covers since they can become dislodged. They are best left out.

Cages / Re: Safe wood?
« on: July 23, 2017, 07:40:08 AM »
I don't live in the UK but I expect white pine is commonly available. White pine and aspen are safe and common building materials. Do not use particle board/press board or board that is painted, laminated, or treated with chemicals to prevent rot.

Health / Re: Chinchilla has lose of fur around his nose
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:15:18 PM »
I don't think using a spray is a good idea. But you can put a couple of tablespoons of powder such as Desenex into to a couple of cups of bath dust and dust bath every day for a week or so. (Don't make a habit of dusting every day though). If there is no improvement after 10 days call your vet. If you have another chin I'd give it the same treatment.

It can be contagious and transmittable to other animals and people as well. There are different strains and some can be worse than others. Do not spray the carpet with the chins in the same room. They have highly sensitive respiratory systems. Cleaners such as Febreeze are known to be lethal to chinchillas. You can put them back in after they are done spraying and there is no aerosol from spraying in the air.

Fungal infections may get worse before they get better. If it goes beyond the ears, base of the tail, and the nose, or is affecting the genitals consult your vet.

Health / Re: Health care
« on: July 09, 2017, 07:12:25 AM »
Excellent. Sounds like you are taking really good care of your chin. Fleece works well too.

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