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 on: Today at 02:12:39 PM 
Started by Chinchilla_lover1818 - Last post by Chinchilla_lover1818
Thanks that's really helpful! I'm really hoping that everything goes well. I get him in exactly a week. Thanks again! :)

 on: Today at 10:48:37 AM 
Started by kageri - Last post by GrayRodent
Those are cool. This one is slightly different (different finish and tread pattern) that ones I'm used to seeing. I'm glad to see another company entering the market.
On the video in the link they showed adding "nail trimmer strips" to the wheel which is an intriguing idea but I think this is not advisable for chinchillas. Their nails do not tend to overgrow and they do tend towards issues with dry skin and cracking on their feet. Otherwise I think the flying saucer design puts chinchillas in the best orthopedic posture although they do take extra floor space.

In practice the wheel itself actually is silent but the pattering of feet on it is far from it! At least that is my experience with a regular vertical wheel that has ball bearings.

 on: Today at 10:05:16 AM 
Started by PamBalt - Last post by kageri
Dealing with the same issue but not as severe.  We are in to week 3 of having moved and most of mine are still nervous and antisocial.  I get yelled at a lot.  They really need dust baths.  Some used the bath last week but some are too upset.  They seem to be feeding each other.  When I brought 1 or 2 new ones in to the condo they settled right in but everyone is having issues here and I think it's because they sense their neighbors are upset.  If I could get a few to start calming down the rest would probably follow.  Mine are eating fine though so I'm not as concerned.  I'm just giving them time.  Some have started taking treats again.  Covering 3 sides of the cage in fleece might help and will keep the sun out unless it's coming directly in the front.  I can't find what box I packed my cage covers in.  ::)  We just bought lengths of fleece for the height of the cage and stuck large safety pins through the fleece and around a bar.

 on: Today at 09:58:32 AM 
Started by kageri - Last post by kageri
I found these flying saucer like wheels that sit on a base instead of attaching to the bars and breaking the flimsy critter nations.  They might take up more room.  I'm not sure since I don't have the regular flying saucers.  The base is quite solid and the wheel is silent.  I wasn't even sure they'd figured it out because I heard nothing.  Then we saw Aime jogging on it followed by Katsu.  With 2 chins running on it the wheel hasn't shifted an inch in 24hours.  Maybe it might when they get to running faster but I don't think it will be a big deal.

 on: Today at 05:33:02 AM 
Started by Chinchilla_lover1818 - Last post by GrayRodent
Congrats on your new chinchilla. That is exciting.

A two hour drive is nothing. A small carrier is ideal. You may want to cover it with a blanket. Preferably one you don't care about because it may pull it through the bars and chew it (which you shouldn't let it do if you can prevent it). A healthy chinchilla is good for about 24 hours without food and water and probably won't eat in the carrier anyway. (However a chinchilla that does not eat for 24 hours because there is a health problem is to be considered an dire emergency and complications can occur afterwards without intervention).

For your trip the most dangerous thing is heat. Make sure to keep the carrier off of the hot floor of the car and try to keep the inside at 75F or below. Anything over 80F can be fatal for a chinchilla.

Here are some pointers:
Once you are home I recommend not to let your pet roam around outside of its cage. Make sure the cage is completely set up and try not to handle it very much for about a week. Do not give it treats during that time because it will be stressed and its digestion is going to be a little off. If you want to dust bathe it dust it in its cage. (Dust baths should be done with volcanic dust like Blue Cloud and not more often than 10 minutes at a time every other day to avoid health problems). Also during that time run a fan (don't blow it into the cage) but the noise will drown out other noises and help it adjust to its new place. (Out of any kind of direct sunlight, away from cats and dogs, and anything that may startle it)

Don't let it out of its big cage until it proves to you that it is not afraid of you. This can can take a week or two. It should come to you and allow you to touch it under its chin without running off like it is afraid. Interact with it through the door and through the bars daily. Chinchillas are usually shy animals and it takes a little time for them to bond and get used to you. Typically they do not like to be touched and handled and will have to be tamed. (Approaching from directly above or behind can cause panic so be careful) That is a slow process so please be patient. It is worth doing it right. Some chinchillas are tamer than others so learn how to read your pet's actions.

Please weigh your pet in the travel cage when you get home. (then subtract the weight of the cage) and weigh it once a week and keep logs. Sometimes weight logs are the only way to diagnose certain illnesses.

When transferring it out of the carrier if you must handle it make sure you have a good hold of it. You can support it by the base of the tail to help. A chinchilla can easily injure itself if it panics and starts flailing around. They can also slip their fur out where they are being held and become very slippery. Chins are extremely fast and if they get loose you'll have to chase and catch it which is a very bad thing for the bonding process. Otherwise set it up so your chinchilla can safely jump out of the carrier into the big cage on it own.

If there is anything else feel free to ask.

 on: Today at 05:10:35 AM 
Started by Chinchilla_lover1818 - Last post by Chinchilla_lover1818
So I'm getting my first chinchilla. He's being fostered about two hours away not to mention the traffic. I want to know if I need to put food and water in his carrier or is he okay for a couple hours? Also I bought a small carrier so that he doesn't get injured in the car, but will he go crazy in that little space for so long?

 on: Yesterday at 04:37:17 PM 
Started by iheartchins - Last post by jmdebb
if you want to do that, use fleece, its the only known safe material for chins, however, if you notice anyone chewing on it, you still need to take it out. my Bo used to chew holes in it, so he cant have fleece liners.. little stinker.   and you get get grommets at any joanns or sewing place, and use shower hooks :)


 on: Yesterday at 03:18:03 PM 
Started by iheartchins - Last post by Chinchilla_lover1818
You can always make your liners. That's what I did with my cage. You can attach it with shower rings if you want. It works for my cage even though it's a different one. It's really easy and cheap too!

 on: Yesterday at 12:31:05 PM 
Started by Beardysteve1 - Last post by GrayRodent
I wish I could say but my chinchilla kind of has a boring cage. I take him out a lot during the day which makes up for it.
I hang treat-kbobs with lots of wood and pumice chews from the bottom of the shelves. These are store bought metal rods with nuts on the bottom you can unscrew and hang your own toys on them. I have a "fiddle sticks" toy by SuperPet that is like a bunch of big wood dowels ( wired together so you can make a tunnel-like thing. It's really nice and Kulu chews it but it's lasted for months. I recommend that one. He used to have a lava ledge which is a pumice ledge but those were kind of expensive for something he would destroy quickly. And they made a horrible mess. He also chews on the blue cloud rock which is like a rock made of chinchilla dust soil. He likes to rub his face on it and act like he is dusting sometimes. He also has a 14" wheel although I recommend 15" or larger especially if your chinchilla is over 500g full grown. He uses that at mostly night. I've built a wheel counter and it runs around 3000-5000 rotations by morning. I give him smaller things, pieces of paper, willow sticks, and cardboard tubes on a regular basis. Solid white pine or aspen planks make good shelving. My chinchilla has many shelves and he'll run and jump from them for hours. They are his favorite thing.

 on: Yesterday at 11:26:54 AM 
Started by Beardysteve1 - Last post by Beardysteve1
Hi all,

I have a pretty basic Chinchilla and Degu cage and am always rearranging things to keep life interesting for the chin. She loves new things  ;)

Was wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions for ways to enliven the cage. Homemade things to add etc. The plan is to get a much bigger cage down the line and add another chin. But in the meantime want to make the cage as interesting as I can for the crtter before she gets upgraded.

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