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sp00py-kitty asked: My chinchilla, Minx, and I have a very, very close bond, but there was a week where things in my life were extremely busy and stressful and I had no time to play with her, or cuddle, or do any of the things we usually do. Now we're back to our normal routine, but it's almost as though she's angry at me. She won't sit on my lap, take treats from my hand, and she's almost fearful. It makes me worry a lot that our bond has gone away. What can I do?
Chinchillas go through moods, just like people do. That’s why they will become stressed when you change their environment, or depressed if they are mourning a deceased cage mate. She is probably angry that you ignored her for a week! If she is used to having a set schedule every day, she’s going to be really confused when the schedule is thrown off. The best you can do is be patient and continue to do whatever it is you used to do to help her get back into the swing of things. It might take a while (mine would not come near me for a week after his brother died), but she should be able to get over it sooner or later!
lunanomeabandonesmas asked: Do you think it would be more convenient (money wise) to make My own cage or just buy one already made?. I've been thinking about moving him to a new one since he's already a year old as I feel It's only fair he gets more Space. Thank you very much in advance
Both can be great options. It might be more convenient money-wise to build a cage, as you can likely design a bigger, nicer cage for less money. There are absolutely beautiful homemade chinchilla cages out there that are less of an eye sore than your standard cage. But it is FAR more convenient time and energy-wise to buy one. A Ferret Nation or Quality Cage could cost you around $200, but you know it’s already built to be sturdy, safe and roomy enough for your chin. When building your own, you have to do a lot of research to make sure you are buying safe materials, that there are not any large drops, that you can easily clean it, etc. If you or someone you know enjoys tackling projects like this, that could be the better option. If not, go the easy route and buy a new cage.