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 on: Today at 05:02:06 AM 
Started by TomsChins - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds like you have a good system worked out. Very nice.

 on: Today at 04:59:14 AM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds like an interesting experiment. Please let us know how it works. It may solve some of the problems other have been having with irritation.

 on: Today at 02:12:32 AM 
Started by TomsChins - Last post by prince_medion
Hopefully the terry will absorb the moisture, I cannot think of any other way with the critter nation cage atm since we can't get the metal pans here in the uk. Besides my wife is not keen on having to empty loose bedding, I have to do that for our dwarf hamsters, but since she's got more regular hours of work than me, she will be the main person to look after the chins. She decided to spot clean the cage every day and change the fleeces every week, we have 3x sets. In case of dry, cracking feet, I have an antiseptic and moisturizing cream for small animals, I have used it on a dwarf hamsters before with no issues.

We will keep an eye, and with their daily time out we can always spot check them. I anything happens, I have a vet which opens only in the evening which is convenient for our work hours, only 5-10 mins away and do specialize in small animals. In case of dire needs, they are also partnered with an animal hospital 20 mins away.

 on: Today at 02:05:24 AM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by prince_medion
I have opted for the fleece covers myself after fiding out its benefits. Like you I have been wondering about something more absorbent. I first thought of cat wood pellets which would go under the fleece, but my wife is not keen on having to bin and replace loose bedding so often and thought it might make the floor a bit wobbly and uneven and that the chins might not like it (although they are mountainous creatures but never mind). So the other option we opted for is buy cheap towels and terry cloth, cut them to size and place them under the fleece covers. We got 3x sets of fleece covers, terry cloth and towels so that we can change, clean and rotate them weekly. I haven't tested yet as I do not own the chins for a couple of months yet.

Hope that helps.

 on: Yesterday at 02:38:57 PM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by BLS Chins
Then we really cant comment without seeing the chin in person. You are obviously concerned so i would suggest you go to a vet

 on: Yesterday at 12:38:53 AM 
Started by CloAndTheChins - Last post by mb30
One of my chinchilla has a skin tag on her ear that looks very similar. If you are really worried about it you should see a vet. I have no knowledge of skin tags or what they mean. I've watched the one on my Chins ear since we have had her and it has never changed and she seems healthy so I am guessing it is nothing to worry about

 on: June 25, 2016, 10:22:07 AM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by chinchillalover101
The ear isn't constantly hanging down. Most of the times it is perked up. It also isn't completey floppy it just like hangs down a little bit at specific times.

 on: June 25, 2016, 03:32:10 AM 
Started by IkiKolohe - Last post by IkiKolohe
I wouldn't recommend towels. Fleece has a unique texture that chinchillas in general will not chew and shred. Towels tend to have a looped terry-cloth type of fabric they can get their teeth under and pull out into threads. Swallowing threads causes beazors (balls of junk that form in the stomach and grow). There's also an additional risk of getting nails caught in them. And believe me this can lead to bout of panic and severe muscles tears in the caught limb. Always be very careful with chins and fabric.

If you pet is found to damage cloth and chew it, and sometimes chins will do this to fleece, then it needs to be removed. If your chin damages fleece then fleece will not work for that pet and you need to go to a different system.


 on: June 23, 2016, 07:29:03 PM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by BLS Chins
It could have internal injuries. I would seek a vet

 on: June 23, 2016, 07:27:58 PM 
Started by chinchillalover101 - Last post by BLS Chins
Your kit shouldnt have play time till she is over 6 months. Kits can not regulate body temp or blood sugar. They need small spaces till they mature

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