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 on: Today at 04:08:15 AM 
Started by forchins - Last post by prince_medion
Meet Kuzco (beige) and Kronk (pink white) in their critter nation cage. Fleeces made by my wife with terry cloth underneath to absorb all that pee and all wood platforms made by myself. You can't see the water bottle on the pic but it's on the outside on the left. The wheel is the only plastic in there but they never chewed it, and also never used it to my knowledge...although there is evidence of poop in there every day. The dish in front of the hide is a big ceramic pot saucer, they never used the house as a house but rather as a source of hay and they love to pull it onto the dish and spread it out to pick out their preferred bits.

 on: Today at 03:58:09 AM 
Started by prince_medion - Last post by prince_medion
Hi, one of my chins who has got a rather naughtier disposition than the other one, always scratch and pull at the fleece on the bottom of the cage when he wants to come out. He does not chew them or damages it, he just pulls them when it's time or nearly time for cage clean/play time. The other does not do it often and will stop if told no. I have tried blowing on him, telling him no, pointing at him and even ignoring him and he then will stops for a minute, look at me with surprise like "what!!?? what's your problem?" but then carries on till we open the cage.

What else could I do to stop him as it really annoys me.

 on: October 20, 2016, 06:08:11 AM 
Started by InfinityMoments - Last post by mb30
I'd just like to back up grayrodent here. No fresh fruit ever or dried fruit. People do give goji berries as an alternative to raisins but in all honesty....none of that is doing any favours for your chins health. You can get other herbs such as plantain and nettle and mix in with the hay to promote foraging though.

 on: October 14, 2016, 07:42:26 PM 
Started by CloAndTheChins - Last post by BLS Chins
Looks like normal shedding but it also can be fur slips if the chins are living together. Pull out a tuff of fur and take a pick of it

 on: October 14, 2016, 03:39:25 PM 
Started by CloAndTheChins - Last post by CloAndTheChins
Thanks for your reply. I did wonder whether it might be shedding, but it's been going on for a couple of months now - how long does the shedding process usually take? Also, she's 14 years old and in that time I have never noticed her shedding, so would it be normal for it to become noticeable now? Thanks again for you help!

 on: October 12, 2016, 03:47:42 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by BLS Chins
Chins can handle freezing temps very well with no extra care. With how dense their hair is, it keeps them plenty warm as long as they are not in a drafty area. If their water bottle isnt frozen, then your chin is just fine

 on: October 10, 2016, 06:08:03 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
It is sad to say, though I think that my room might get as cold as roughly ~30 degrees F once the worst of winter hits.  Even if there is little-to-no air flow into his cage do I need to look into getting him something cozy?

 on: October 10, 2016, 02:19:36 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by GrayRodent
Your chin should be comfortable down to 50, maybe lower. The thing to be concerned about is drafts blowing through the cage. Make sure your chin's fur is well maintained and dusted regularly. As long as the air is still your chinchilla will be fine.

 on: October 10, 2016, 09:51:29 AM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Hey guys, now that the weather is getting colder I have noticed that my place is not well insulated.  I know that chinchillas prefer to be 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit, though whenever my room starts to get colder than that (it truly is not well insulated), I was wondering if I could place something cozy in my chinnie's cage in case he gets cold at all.  I think I've heard that certain types of material can be dangerous to chinchillas (I believe because they assist in developing hair rings), so I was curious if anyone would be able to recommend a nice, cozy material for my little guy to snuggle up with.  Thanks again!

 on: October 05, 2016, 03:08:58 PM 
Started by CloAndTheChins - Last post by GrayRodent
It looks like normal shedding to me. My chinchilla does that sometimes. You can grab the clumps and tug them out. Don't be afraid to pull hard. Your chin won't care and you'll see that is the case as you do it.

I would be concerned if there is a bald spot where fur is not coming back. In the case it's probably fungus you'd likely find the skin to appear scaly, or red and irritated. In that case home remedies usually work and you can take it to the vet if it gets bad.

It's hard to see on the pictures but if the fur looks like it's damaged and the dark undercoat is exposed so that it looks like she has mowed the fur down over the back as opposed to it just coming out in small clumps, that might be need to be checked out by a vet. That would be fur chewing. In most cases its harmless but sometimes it can be a symptom of a number of potentially serious health problems that you'll want to have ruled out.

Check the cage at the corners and joints between panels. If they are loose and cause pinch points you may need to add some fasteners to your cage to stabilize it. That would be a very unusual cause though. If I'm going to guess she is shedding and growing in a dense winter coat. Of course if in doubt see a qualified veterinarian.

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