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 on: Yesterday at 08:44:43 PM 
Started by Rachael29 - Last post by GrayRodent
As far as I know what you are experiencing is normal. My own two chinchillas are that way and I've had them together for about 2.5 months and they still go at it at least a couple of times a week. Just this morning I noticed the fur on one of them was messed up from that. I can only hope it will improve over time but it just may be the way it is with them.

Raising your voice and pulling them away will not help. They have a social order they have to work out amongst themselves and this is the way chinchillas do that. It's part of having multiple pets together.

As far as the whining noise your chinchilla makes I don't know what that means. I have one chinchilla that is very vocal and another that makes sounds on occasion and sometimes rather violent sounds that I don't think can be understood and my other chin is learning to make them. So there are a huge number of things it could mean because chinchillas can acquire sounds. In fact I've trained my older one to make sounds by mimicking him. The best thing to do is observe and see if you can find a connection.

 on: Yesterday at 08:28:37 PM 
Started by Rachael29 - Last post by Rachael29
Hi Everyone

If anyone has read my previous post about my chins .... they are at it again!

Onyx is Humping/Mounting Coco!  :flames:
Now i really feel sorry for Coco I know the previous advise was let it happen but it seems to have dies down for a while and now Onyx is back with a bang. No pun intended.

So tonight they were playing as usual, in and out the cage running jumping etc however when they both went back in the cage Onyx started to mount Coco ... now this has never happened before and was worried about it starting in the cage so I moved the house and raised my voice to get them to stop.

They both went in the cage and didn't come back out.

So i went to check the room as i dint sleep well turned the fan on as their wee paws wernt as cold as they normally are, and they wanted to come out ... So i let them out for a bit because they didn't get their usual hour because i think i freaked them out by raising my voice ...

So anyway i let them out and Onyx just wouldn't take the hint! I'm not used to seeing the whole mounting thing as I'm still quite new to chinchilla owning so i stopped him several times because I felt sorry for Coco and when i stopped them the only way to describe it is that Onyx was "checking his bits" so i stopped Onyx several times and he done this 3-4 times.

My question is ... is this still dominance mounting as before? Also they always chatter first before doing so like make noises at each other, its hard to know who starts the chatter but they always chatter first ... i don't know if that's relevant.

Also on a side note I've noticed that if Coco is in the cage at play time Onyx will whine ... like a dog that wants on the couch if that makes sense? Just wondering if anyone will know what that means ... he's only started making that noise in the past few days.

Thanks for any and all advise  :::grins::

 on: Yesterday at 11:51:50 AM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by GrayRodent
Chinchillas can adjust their sleep wake patterns. Mine live right next to the desk where I work during the day and I listen to podcasts much of the time. They don't seem to care. Sometimes I stay up late and they don't seem to care. I do have their lighting on a timer because the room does not get much natural daylight. The biggest thing to mind is going to be light levels and just make sure there's a fairly normal day/night cycle. If you're not working day plus night shifts you won't have to worry about that.

 on: Yesterday at 11:35:29 AM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Thank so much!!

 on: Yesterday at 11:33:36 AM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Thanks so much guys!  :)

 on: Yesterday at 11:32:17 AM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Hey guys, I had two quick questions about Dex pertaining to his sleep schedule.  First and foremost, is it possible for Dex to be in the same room as me during the day while he's sleeping?  For example, if I'm watching TV in one room and he is napping, will that disturb him and keep him awake?  And if it would disturb him, is there a way to 'sound-proof' his cage?  I only ask because I will be moving to a very small place in less than a month where he will have to stay in my bedroom, though I don't want to disturb his sleep!

Second, I've noticed lately that Dex has started to be awake more during the day (not necessarily running around but getting food, playing with/eating hay, and just moving around the cage), however at night time (after he has his outside play time) he likes to just hangout in his sleep house and lounge around more.   He has been his crazy active self more and more outside, however he has started to use his wheel less as a result.  Is this something I should look into or is this natural?  He is still young (roughly 6 months old) so I was wondering if he should have more energy than he does.

Thank you for all your help again guys!

 on: Yesterday at 08:52:34 AM 
Started by Littledudge - Last post by GrayRodent
I think you're fine. Probably, like you said, isn't grooming as normal, tired and preoccupied.

 on: Yesterday at 08:50:56 AM 
Started by Fearground - Last post by GrayRodent
Yes, that's not uncommon behavior for chinchillas, even female chinchillas.

 on: Yesterday at 08:00:41 AM 
Started by Littledudge - Last post by Littledudge
It does seem to be staining, her stools are fine, dry as expected, there are no wet areas in the cage, she is on a wire base with wooden perches and platforms, i change the sawdust once a week. I just feel like shes become a mom and given up on her appearance haha! (jst like us human mum do)
Ah well maybe she'll clean up once the kits have 'left home'
Thankyou :)

 on: Yesterday at 12:44:20 AM 
Started by Fearground - Last post by Chinny7
Thank you. I'll get a second opinion from either a breeder or my local vet soon.

What made us doubt was the fact that she was trying to go on top of the other chinchilla. Was she just trying to be dominant?

Thank you for your help though :).

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