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 on: May 01, 2016, 05:27:33 PM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by GrayRodent
The best thing you can do without having the critical care diet is to grind food and make it wet. You can feed it with a spoon. If the vet does not or cannot supply this you should find another vet who can because this would indicate incompetence.

 on: May 01, 2016, 07:20:54 AM 
Started by Zibby - Last post by GrayRodent
How old are your kits? You'll need to weigh them. Please provide the weight. With that information we can help you determine if any of them is underweight,
Disclaimer: I am not a breeder or licensed vet. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of any advice given here. If you have any doubts please see a veterinarian, especially one that knows chinchillas. I may be able to help you find a breeder in your area that may be able to get advice from.

Before feeding your kits you really need to know what you are doing, how to properly measure the feeding, and certainly use the right formula. Over or underfeeding can be fatal to chinchilla.
You must have an appropriate cage. Bar spacing can be no greater than 1/2" x 1/2" or the kit can escape. This is common and often fatal.
Best practice is to separate the male from the female and put him in a separate cage.
Make sure the female and kits are on one level. Do not have shelving in the cage. Use alfalfa hay as your loose hay while the kits are nursing. You may want to talk to your vet about feeding calcium supplement and obtaining an appropriate source of calcium. Calcium is extremely important at this time.

Chinchillas wean at about 6-8 weeks. After that time they should be considered to be sexually mature and males must be separated from females.

 on: April 30, 2016, 11:25:54 PM 
Started by Zibby - Last post by Zibby
My female about 6-7 yrs old just had triplets, last summer we got a "fixed" male and properly introduced, she bear him up after being together awhile so we separated them, thought a possible pregnancy and we were right. There days ago Poof had three babies, I sexed then, I think and I have alil boy and two girls.  One send quite a bit smaller and I am worried it's not getting enough milk.. Should I worry? I see all of them feeding but it is still a concern.  What does everyone suggest? Leave then alone or try to help by supplementing... And what.. I've heard and read goat milk.. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!  I do not plan to ever key this happen again, as I wish to just have my fur babies and not be a breeder. Thanks in advance

 on: April 30, 2016, 06:27:48 PM 
Started by jebrown6 - Last post by GrayRodent
Awesome. Better safe than sorry.

 on: April 30, 2016, 09:52:59 AM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by BLS Chins
Ok there is a lot of things wrong with your post. Chinchillas should not have nuts, seed or fruit. That could be causing gut and teeth issues in your pet. Cut out everything and only feed pellets and hay. Kaytee food is junk. Its similar to feeding ice cream at every meal.

The ball is also harmful to your chinchilla. It forces them to run with an arched back which can cause arthritis. Occassionally pain can cause them to stop eating.

Do you have a knowledgeable vet? I would suggest a vet visit and xrays to check the teeth. You are welcome to post a copy of the xrays here to double check them

 on: April 29, 2016, 03:50:35 PM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by TarHeelsFan1
So blending chin food so it can fit through a syringe is not easy. Any suggestions?

 on: April 29, 2016, 12:42:11 PM 
Started by jebrown6 - Last post by Herbert
One of my male chins has sprayed before, and I am 100 % positive he is male. He sprayed and left a spray line on the carpet.

 on: April 29, 2016, 12:28:39 PM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by TarHeelsFan1
I just called and the vet said to take his food, add water, and mix it in a blender. Then feed him using a syringe. He's still pretty active. He hops from ledge to ledge in his cage and rolled around in his ball a couple of days ago. I haven't had him in his ball since because I've been busy with work. I appreciate your advice.

 on: April 29, 2016, 11:45:42 AM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by GrayRodent
See if you can get supplies before the clinic closes for the weekend and keep that appt.

 on: April 29, 2016, 10:27:27 AM 
Started by TarHeelsFan1 - Last post by TarHeelsFan1
Thanks for your response. I put the Kaytee brand food for him to eat but he literally picks out the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and what I believe is raisins. He will leave the pellets. I've tried to put just pellets in his bowl, he will dig through it and just stare at me. It's like he refuses to eat the fiber.

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