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 on: August 21, 2017, 07:07:25 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Hello fellow Chinnie-lovers,

I was looking into getting my chinchilla a playpen to contain his roaming space around my apartment.  I have been looking at a few options and have stumbled upon these two (links below).

My main requirements are:
1) It prevents my little guy from jumping out of it (he is almost 3 years old -- fully grown and can jump quite high)
2) It gives him the largest amount of roaming space without breaking the bank
3) It obviously a small enough spacing between bars to prevent him from squeezing through (though not too small where he might get caught and scared)

The 1st link seems to be the better option, though the reviews mention this is a wobbly cage.  I will be inside of the cage with him, so this is not a huge issue, though I would like to give my little guy a larger roaming area if possible.  If you could provide links to your top suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you for your help!



 on: August 21, 2017, 08:25:27 AM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by GrayRodent
Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

 on: August 19, 2017, 04:04:29 PM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by shelverman

The seller replied with

"Ugh. I'm so frustrated with FedEx. A lot of my items they have been damaging lately. Time to switch carriers. 

In regards to the glue, normally we wipe off all the excess (for aesthetic reasons), but apparently that step got missed. It is non toxic and safe glue ... but it wouldn't hurt to pop off the pieces with a butter knife or flat head screw driver.

I will get a new house out to you ASAP.

Sorry about that!!!!

and I'm very happy with the replacement, so I'd probably recommend this as the best wooden house you can get right now.

It's SLIGHTLY top heavy (which I'll mention to them in a follow up email), but it's undeniably sturdy.

 on: August 13, 2017, 09:02:01 PM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by GrayRodent
Definitely call. I think it will give you some peace of mind. I think you'll find it is safer than nails or staples.

 on: August 12, 2017, 10:54:54 AM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by shelverman
I tried ordering the one from MyCritterStore and it's nice and sturdy, but the first one arrived cracked.

I'm also not sure how I feel about their choice to use glue. I ASSUME it's an animal safe glue... but after seeing so much of it on the hay box, I'm emailing them to double check.

 on: August 08, 2017, 07:57:51 AM 
Started by kaliboo - Last post by mb30
Also, if you have anymore questions or concerns keep responding in this thread. I'll check it periodically. Stay positive. Try to get some baytril to kill the infection and then find a confident vet

 on: August 08, 2017, 07:53:28 AM 
Started by kaliboo - Last post by mb30
I went through pyrometra with one of my females.
She had discharge and we got antibiotics. They helped. It came back about six months later. More baytril and it was fine. About four months after that I came home from work to a seriously ill chinchilla. She had the surgery after another week of baytril. She came out okay and was back to normal within two weeks.

This is the thread where I went through it on a different forum
 It may help you out

 on: August 07, 2017, 03:56:15 AM 
Started by Rachael29 - Last post by mb30
This was the best site for UK chinchilla stuff.

Unfortunately, the lady has called it a day and had to retire. Another lady is picking up the reigns though and hopefully will have the new shop up soon.

Just keep checking that link.
Galen's garden is a fantastic site for forage and wood though in case you don't know about it.

 on: August 07, 2017, 03:53:05 AM 
Started by Milliechinchilla - Last post by mb30
I had a situation where I had to separate my two chinchillas which lover together because one has to get surgery. After she healed and recovered I tried to put them with each other again and the chinchilla that didn't have surgery wanted no part of the other anymore.

I ended up buying another cage and had them side by side. The chinchilla that had surgery was clearly depressed about being alone. I ended up getting a male kit from a private breeder. The same day I brought him home I put the adult chinchilla with him and she instantly bonded with him and took on the role of a mother. I suppose I got lucky with that. They are now paired up and the other chinchilla loves happily alone.

I guess some warning signs of a lonely/depressed chinchilla would be sitting in one spot and staring. You can see it in their eyes too if they constantly look tired it may be a good sign of loneliness or depression.

This is just my own experience with loneliness or depression in chinchillas.

 on: August 06, 2017, 05:53:34 PM 
Started by Kemp_MA - Last post by Kemp_MA
Thank you so much. Waiting on a reply now.  I'll keep you posted.

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