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porcelxine-bones said: I've had my chinchilla for almost a year now and he's so weird about letting me pet him or hold him out of his cage. he lets me rub him when he's in it, but when he's out he doesn't like me near him. I have never approached him in the wrong way to scare him, and when I have picked him up he starts shaking and doesn't squirm too much but does try toget away. any suggestions?
This sounds like completely normal chin behavior. Most chinchillas might tolerate being held, but they certainly don’t enjoy it! I’ve had my chinchilla for almost 6 years and he still hates to be held! I don’t think it’s anything you are doing wrong, especially if he is fine with you handling him inside his cage. Some chins do like to be held, but most do not. They are prey animals, after all, it goes against their nature! They are more content to run, jump, and bounce off the walls! Instead of holding him, have you tried letting him climb on you or sit on you? You might find he likes that better. Let him come to you and give him little pieces of treats when he does.