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 on: October 02, 2015, 05:59:51 AM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by GrayRodent
Yeah I thought so. That would be exceeding the limits of chinchilla physiology.

 on: October 02, 2015, 05:56:53 AM 
Started by GitaBooks - Last post by GrayRodent
That's great. Welcome to our board. Research is very important. The big things you have to look out for is room temperature (below 75F), food quality, avoiding pelleted diets with mixtures in them, nuts, fruits, vegetables, or treats, providing constant access to loose hay, and not feeding treats unless you know what you are doing. Chinchillas require dry things to eat.
Their cages should be made of metal only, have no plastic toys or parts, and be fitted with wooden shelving, preferably shelves that you can easily make yourself with simple tools. Chinchilla wheels should be a minimum of 14" in diameter.
Your pet should be weighed at least once a week to monitor its health for weight loss. You should have a veterinarian that sees chinchillas specifically closeby and be able to afford a vet visit at any time.
The initial change in environment for chinchillas is stressful when you relocate them and the room should be fairly quiet and free of pets such as dogs and cats.
Chinchillas should never be let out of their cage to roam in any area that is not safe for them. One of the biggest hazards is electrical cords. They are attracted to them like magnets and can chew through them instantly. Drowning and poisoning are not unheard of.
They should be dusted no more often than every other day for no longer than 15 minutes at a time. Chinchillas are active mostly at night although socialized chinchillas will interact well during the day.

 on: October 02, 2015, 04:08:24 AM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by Jasonred79
... broken weighing scale.

He's 637g. Come to think of it, I think 800 was a wrong weighing too. what an anticlimax.

 on: October 01, 2015, 05:54:30 PM 
Started by GitaBooks - Last post by BLS Chins
Welcome. Feel free to ask any questions your might have!

 on: October 01, 2015, 05:37:06 PM 
Started by GitaBooks - Last post by GitaBooks
Hi everyone!

I don't currently have any chinchillas, but I love them and I hope to get some soon. I'm doing research so that I know how to properly care for them and what to expect.

Thanks so much for letting me join.  :)

 on: October 01, 2015, 07:28:55 AM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by GrayRodent
I'm a little skeptical of your measurements. That is a very unusually large mass for a male chinchilla. Where was he bred?

 on: September 30, 2015, 09:21:58 PM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by Jasonred79
I think he wasn't fully grown when I last weighed him. In that picture, his wheel looks really too small for him. I should really have measured his body length as he was growing up...

 on: September 30, 2015, 03:00:31 PM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by GrayRodent
He doesn't look obese to me. If he was three times his normal weight it would be quite obvious. Perhaps you should get a second opinion... from a different scale.

 on: September 30, 2015, 04:28:23 AM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by Jasonred79

Hmm... A bit roundish in shape. Especially his bum.

 on: September 29, 2015, 05:15:15 PM 
Started by Jasonred79 - Last post by GrayRodent
If he really is 2kg and his normal weight is 800g you definately have a problem and a dangerous one at that. I'd like to see a photo of that!

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