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 on: Today at 07:43:55 AM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by aprinceton
Hi,
Sorry I've been posting a lot lately! I want to be sure I'm ready when I get my 2 chinchillas next month. I think I am all set now except one question that I thought of today.
I'm putting my chinchillas in the basement, as it's the only sufficiently cold place and there's also room for me to make their play area right near their cage. I know chemicals from cleaners and such can be really bad for chinchillas, so I'm not going to use any cleaners down there. The only thing is, sometimes (usually in the winter) my family paints stuff, like furniture, in the basement. Are the paint fumes going to be harmful to my chinchillas? If they are, should I take the chinchillas out during the painting, and how long should I wait till I can put them back? Thanks so much!

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 on: Today at 02:20:07 AM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by mb30
There are many people who say even raisins are bad.
It is an area of conflict.

I stick with rolled oats and rose hips along with various dry herbs and flowers.

Plantain is very good and can be given freely.
Birch leaves twice a week or so is good.
Echinacea is good.

Look up a place online called galens garden.
They specialize in healthy treats for chinchillas and rabbits and guinea pigs. Their selection will give you a better idea of what is safe and what isn't.

Stay away from anything sugary or, like grayrodent said, salty. No nuts ever.

I have recently bought some cactus flowers that they absolutely love.

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 on: Yesterday at 01:00:52 PM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by GrayRodent
I think the salt is more dangerous than a sunflower seed but fat in their diet should not be tolerated because their livers can take cumulative damage from it. Some of those things like a 1" square piece of toast or an almond can be used as remedies for certain ailments if you know how to use them but please don't feed them as treats. I also forgot to say I've fed raisins too but there are some people who think they are unacceptable because of the risk of certain molds that may grow on them and I can understand that. Apparently there have been deaths from that. I suppose my personal treat of choice would be 2-3 regular cheerios since the ingredients are fairly innocuous, not sugary, don't have a risk of mold if they are stored properly, and my chins really seem to like them. Like I said I really don't habitually feed treats. The best treat for a pet chinchilla is to interact with them every day. Eventually they'll start coming to you for scratches and head rubs.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:16:55 PM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by aprinceton
Personally I usually don't give treats. Chins don't need them and unless you're taming a chin that doesn't like anyone I recommend leaving them to their normal diet. Otherwise unsweetened oats us ok, raisins is okay but controversial. I've fed oats, rose hips, cheerios, don't reccomend fruit but it's commonly given. Absolutely do not feed salt, toast or any kind of seeds or nuts including sunflower seeds. Cuttle bone is okay. I don't feed herbs but if you do consult with someone who actually does. Alfalfa is the safest and can be part of their regular diet in addition to timothy hay but probably isn't going to have the same effect as a piece of raisin. It is very common to feed a chin 2 raisins a day without problems. As always never feed treats to a sick or stressed chin. They have very sensitive digestive systems that if they are disrupted can have fatal results. Treat responsibly.
Thanks so much! I'm glad to hear 2 raisins a day are fine; the chinchillas in my classroom always get raisins after we clean their cage and I'm glad it's not unhealthy :D
I thought salt lick sounded kind of funny, but I heard chinchillas like them. That's why I checked on here, the internet can say some funky stuff! I heard of someone who fed her chins a sunflower seed once a month, but I won't feed it if it's dangerous.
Thanks again! I was so scared of feeding them something harmful just cause I read it was okay  :-\

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 on: Yesterday at 11:58:27 AM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by GrayRodent
Personally I usually don't give treats. Chins don't need them and unless you're taming a chin that doesn't like anyone I recommend leaving them to their normal diet. Otherwise unsweetened oats us ok, raisins is okay but controversial. I've fed oats, rose hips, cheerios, don't reccomend fruit but it's commonly given. Absolutely do not feed salt, toast or any kind of seeds or nuts including sunflower seeds. Cuttle bone is okay. I don't feed herbs but if you do consult with someone who actually does. Alfalfa is the safest and can be part of their regular diet in addition to timothy hay but probably isn't going to have the same effect as a piece of raisin. It is very common to feed a chin 2 raisins a day without problems. As always never feed treats to a sick or stressed chin. They have very sensitive digestive systems that if they are disrupted can have fatal results. Treat responsibly.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:47:19 AM 
Started by aprinceton - Last post by aprinceton
Hi,
I'm getting 2 chinchillas in about a month! I'm very excited. I've done a lot of researching on all their needs, and I think (I hope!) I'm ready to take care of them. (:
The only thing I wanted to be sure of was treats. There are a lot of conflicting opinions on treats. I know you should only feed them 1 or 2 small treats a day. Here's a list of what I'm planning on feeding my chinchilla for treats. Are they all safe?
Raisins (only occasionally, maybe once a week. I know they're high sugar.)
Oats (old-fashioned, not quick oats)
Rose hips
Cheerios? (I know some people say not to feed these, but other people do. Are they okay?)
Alfalfa hay (given small amounts like a treat with their regular timothy hay) or alfafa hay cubes
salt licks
Sunflower seeds (only about once a month since they are high fat)
Dried papaya
Craisins (instead of a raisin, not in addition to)
Dried pineapple

I've also heard they like toast, and cuttle bone (like for birds). Are these okay?
Thanks so much for your time! Do you know of any safe treats that I'm missing, too? (I know you can feed them dried herbs, but there's so many kinds you can give them and a bunch you can't so I find it a bit confusing!)

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 on: Yesterday at 09:47:56 AM 
Started by Zanner - Last post by Zanner
Thank you for your kind welcome.  I have no problem accepting good advice, and that's actually what I joined this forum for.  I want and need to learn more about my Chins, but I can assure you, they are both happy and healthy little critters!   ::nod::

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 on: Yesterday at 06:22:59 AM 
Started by Zanner - Last post by GrayRodent
Welcome to our board. Certainly feel free to discuss your chinchillas here. It is against the rules to personally attack anyone. If you ever feel you are being attacked personally on our site or on our facebook please feel free contact me at admin@chinchillaclub.com and I'll be glad to investigate it myself. We are a pet forum not the chinchilla police but most of our regulars are passionate about promoting the highest standards for breeding and will be concerned if no thought has been given to the lineage of the parents. Please don't mistake advice against methodology as attacking you personally. Just be straightforward like you have been here and there shouldn't be any problems.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:25:21 AM 
Started by Zanner - Last post by Zanner
Hello everyone!
I am new to the forum, and I've owned two Chinchillas since January, so am fairly new to Chins as well.  I have a 4-year old female, Ellie Chin, and I have an 8-month old male, Cookie Chin.  We initially kept them apart in separate cages, but then one night my husband let them out together and they appeared to mate.  After that, we figured the worst had been done, and a couple weeks later, we let them share the same cage. They have really bonded and are always together and get on extremely well.  I'm not sure if my female is pregnant or not, but I am watching for any signs.  I do have another cage if it happens that she is pregnant and gives birth.  A cage that the babies would be safe in, should it happen. 
Every night I let them both out for an hours running and jumping in their room.  They are so funny and make me laugh.  They won't let me cuddle them, but they will happily come and sit on me, jump on me and nibble me. 
I used to belong to a few groups on Facebook, but I was sick of being bashed about keeping my two together.  I didn't buy them with the intention of putting them together, but since my husband's mistake, we figure they've gotten together, and that's just the way it is.  We are responsible pet owners and will do what's right for the Chins.  So I would respectfully ask that people don't attack me for keeping my two together please.  I joined the forum for information and to speak with other Chin owners, and to enjoy my time here.  Thank you.   ;)

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 on: May 20, 2015, 11:01:35 AM 
Started by dozla - Last post by mb30
Dozla,
Seeing as you are in the uk, are you able to go to chinformative.com and make an account and ask for advice. It is a uk based forum and some people there might be able to give you specific advice.

I don't want you to stop posting here but in this case the important thing is getting as much information from as many people as you can.

I post here but i am also in the uk and post on there as well. There are a few people there that have been through alot and have many many years of experience between them.

Sorry to hear of your hard times. I hope things will turn out for the best.

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