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 on: June 21, 2017, 03:58:17 PM 
Started by BudahRambo - Last post by BudahRambo
My 9 year old chin Rambo died last night. We took him to the vet yesterday because he was lethargic and wasn't eating. We started antibiotics and critical care but he passed during the night. Our other chin has been with him since day one for all of their lives and I'm really worried about the toll this will take on him.   Any tips on how I can help him through this loss?

 on: June 09, 2017, 06:51:46 PM 
Started by AliciaColette - Last post by AliciaColette
Thanks so much for your advice!

He rarely barks, when he does its only in the middle of the night or bright and early in the morning. I think it happens when something startles him and wakes him up. 
When I try to pick him up he just runs away. There was a moment where he escaped his playpen and luckily i didn't have to chase him, I just reacted quickly and grabbed him gently and he made a little noise. Nothing like barking though and he was fine once I put him down.

 on: June 08, 2017, 03:01:26 PM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by GrayRodent
Chinchillas do get hormonal. Also not all chins are compatible with each other. Also I have a chin that is very sexual compared to the other and I think he'll always be that way. If a chinchilla is biting the other they are not compatible.
However chinchillas do hump each other when they are together. It is normal behavior and they do this to establish a pecking order (dominance mounting) and it is normal for females and males. Biting is not normal and cannot be tolerated. I recommend you plan to have two cage setups or a split cage setup.

 on: June 08, 2017, 02:57:05 PM 
Started by blackxlily - Last post by GrayRodent
The best way to let them out is to chinchilla-proof a room. It's easy to do that in a bathroom. Another thing is to train your chinchilla to stay where you are. I do this by sitting on a chair and holding him and letting him crawl on me. Do expect your pet will get away from you. You just have to go after him. But before all of this I strongly recommend interacting with your pet through and in the cage and gaining a bond with him. Do not take your chinchilla outside to play this is very dangerous and predators such as hawks or dogs are a severe threat. And if you lose your chin and can't get him back he probably won't survive. Outdoor temp is also a high concern.
Chinchillas do not need to be exercised regularly out of their cage they are not like dogs.

 on: June 05, 2017, 10:38:16 AM 
Started by blackxlily - Last post by GhostStang17
I'd say never take them outside, depending where your located it would be too hot as it is, over 75 degrees Fahrenheit is bad they like temps around 60-70. They will chew on things, that's a given, best advice would to make a room designated for play where there is no wires, plastic, certain woods are bad as well. Paper is ok, mine are bad for not wanting to be picked up or come to me when I put them back. So I have learned to keep a smaller cage in the play room and have them enter that to take them to the real cage(house). Do not chase them either that's not good for them. How long have you had your chinchilla? Have you spent time with him in the play room? I read that's one way to gain trust to be able to pick them up. 

Hope this helps.

 on: June 04, 2017, 02:12:40 AM 
Started by Beth - Last post by Flint
Chinchillas should really not be given raisins as the sugar content is too high. Chins are seriously at risk regarding health from being fed sugary treats!!

 on: June 01, 2017, 09:22:14 PM 
Started by Beth - Last post by blackxlily
My Diesel personally loves a scratch under the chin and on the belly. He will stand there forever as you scratch him!

I also would recommend feeding raisins, cheerios, and any small animal treats you buy. Herbs are good treats to give too. My Diesel loved it when I gave him some rosemary and basil.

You can also bake your chinchilla tiny little muffins. I made my chinchilla some by combining flour, yogurt, and raisins and baking tsp fulls of the batter in the oven for 20 minutes. I'm thinking that any muffin recipe you can eat would work too, though you might want to reduce the fat and sugar content.

I have also read that you can read to your chinchilla or watch TV together.

 on: June 01, 2017, 09:15:03 PM 
Started by blackxlily - Last post by blackxlily
Hi everyone, I want to let my chinchilla out more but he chews on books and other paper objects when he is outside of his cage. He is also very hard to catch and he doesn't seem to care if I hold treats out for him. What is the best way to let my chinchilla out for some exercise everyday? Do any of you take your chinchilla outside of the house to play?

 on: May 31, 2017, 07:05:30 PM 
Started by AliciaColette - Last post by GhostStang17
Does he bank at you, nibble or just run away? I'm currently working on bonding with some rescued chins, one is ok with being picked up the other has her days she will Great me and sniff but I can't touch her at times. Other days she ok with it and doesn't bark at me. I find playing the great game is working, where you let them sniff a treat then before they get it move to another location on the cage, it's apparently a fun game for them let them get the tray eventually. Good luck with your chin.

 on: May 31, 2017, 12:54:59 PM 
Started by AliciaColette - Last post by alaskapoppy
Chinchillas need a lot of time to get used to a certain person and they take a lot of time to trust someone. Some chinchillas also don't like to be picked up or handled at all.. You should try some things to bond with your chinchilla like speaking to him while he is in his cage, place your hand in the cage and let him smell it. If you let your chinchilla out for playtime you should try to sit on the floor, chinchillas are very curious so he will come up to you.

I personally don't think not leaving him out for play time would help your situation, but that's just my point of you. I have had my chinchillas for over a year and after almost 8 months I was able to pick them up and handle them. I recently got a new chinchilla and I was able to pick him up after a week. Some chinchillas take more time then others and some chinchillas like to be handled and others don't..

I hope this helped.

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