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I’m sure some of you have noticed I have not been posting as much as I used to. I don’t have a lot of time to maintain this blog anymore. Yesterday I was in a hurry and accidentally posted a picture of a chinchilla in a harness—this is NOT acceptable and I apologize. I pride myself on keeping this page a place to learn about proper chinchilla care, and I messed up.
I have been considering bringing another user on as an admin to take over posting, so if you’re interested please let me know. I will still gladly post submissions and questions as I get them, but otherwise I will not be as active.
moonofmyylife said: Hey, so about 2 months ago my chin (pikachu) jumped funny in his cage and hurt his leg we ended up having to amputate it because he wouldn't let us save it (he chewed through his cast) when I bought him I bought another male I've had to keep separated since the incident. Pikachu will not let me handle him now and I'm worried because he actually bit me 2. He's healed and on some mess but won't let me near him. I feel awful even though it's not my fault and poor scooby is lonely. What do I do?
Somewhere along the line, you lost Pikachu’s trust. Whether it was the amputation or if you tried to handle him when he didn’t want you to, something happened and now he doesn’t trust you. You’ll probably have to start back at square one, building back up your relationship until you’re able to handle him again.
How did the boys get along before the accident? If they got along nicely, there is a chance you will be able to reintroduce them… but you will have to go through the introduction process again to make sure they do not start fighting. Any time you have two chins, you have to be aware that there is always a chance they won’t get along and you will have to keep them separated.
jacobyscastleinthesky said: Is there any way to stop fur chewing? I've tried forever to have my chinchilla to stop, Including taking all things away to cause stress but he still does it. I don't know what to do.
Fur chewing is a tricky thing to figure out, and obviously you know it’s caused by stress. If you don’t know what’s stressing him out, how do you know what to change? It could be anything. Is he in a high-traffic room? Do you have loud dogs? Does he have plenty of toys, a wheel, or get enough out-of-cage playtime? Does he have a dark hidey-house? Is the room too hot, or too cold?
Fur chewing can also be hereditary. If you truly believe you can rule out stress, that is the next likely cause. And if that’s the case, you can’t do anything to make him stop. But fur chewing has no negative side effects (besides making his fur look scraggly) and will not affect his health in any way :)
chinchluuv21 said: to @nIght-vision I have 2 chinchillas & one I got 5 yrs ago the other 7 months ago & before I got my last chin i had a chin who would not let me touch him at all. I got him from petsmart so anyone getting a chin I wouldn't recommend getting one there unless you're prepared to handle the longer process of them getting ok with you. Which might not even happen. Some chinchillas just accept people better than others, just give them dust baths & talk to them sweet/treats & they should warm up to you!
nlght-vision said: Hey any tips for bonding with chinchillas? I bought a male a few months ago and he still won't let me pick him up or touch him or anything like that. I know they don't like to be cuddled or handled but it doesn't seem like he's very into me haha
I think you answered your own question: he doesn’t like to be handled! Some chins do, some chins tolerate it, some won’t stand for it. I’ve had my chinchilla for six years and he won’t let me pick him up. However, he will jump into my hand and let me carry him around, if it’s on his own terms. Yours might be the same way. Chins that were not socialized from a young age usually have a harder time dealing with being handled as adults.
It can take many months to bond with a chinchilla. Just be patient and accept that you may never be able to handle him without him throwing a fit. Sit with him, put your hands in the cage and offer him little treats when he comes to you. Don’t try to touch him or grab at him, because that will only set you back further!
let-sgetaway said: I WILL BUY A CHINCHILLA AND I AM SOOOO HAPPY!! Can you tell me how much they live? Like, how many years?
Most places will tell you that a chinchilla can live up to 15-20 years, but this is highly dependent on genetics. A chin with poor genes will likely live for 8-10 years, no matter how well you take care of him. As long as you buy from a reputable breeder (NOT from a pet store) you are more likely, but not guaranteed, to get a chin with good genes.