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bxxbunny said: Quick question I hope you can help my chinchilla over time has been biting her fur and got majorly worse as of now to where her right side is chewed off not completely but very very short it looks so bad :( know why or how I can make her stop? There isn't a rash or anything red I can see on her skin. Thanks!
Fur-chewing or fur-biting is is not an uncommon behavior in chinchillas. It sounds like you can rule out a fungal infection, so now you have to figure out if it is hereditary or stress related. Have you recently moved her cage? Is she in a high-traffic area or somewhere with a lot of noise? Are there other pets in your home? Does she have an exercise wheel or enough toys to keep her busy? All of these factors and more can stress a chin out and cause fur chewing. If you do a little detective work and find that none of this applies, it’s possible she’s just a hereditary fur chewer! This is nothing to worry about, it won’t affect her health, it will just make her look scraggly! And if that’s the case, you won’t be able to stop her from chewing.
wynesthesia said: Hello! I've had my chinny baby for over a year now. I was accepted to a research program/internship this summer and there is a span of one month where I will not be able to house my chinchilla with me b/c of no pets policies, etc. However, my pseudo-family that I'll be living with come fall have taken care of him for me before (for about a week). (continued)
(continued) Although I have to ask them and see if it’s okay with them, do you think it’s okay for my chinny to be left with them in their house for a month (that he’ll be living in eventually anyway) while I’m gone? I’d most likely be able to come down on the weekends and check on him, but I’d otherwise not be there. I’m very stressed about the situation and although everything can go back to normal after the one month, I worry that it may be best to give him away? I don’t want to, but this is about him.
A month is not a terribly long time, even for chinchillas. Think about how long it takes a chinchilla, especially an older one, to bond with a new person. It takes months (plural)! Any move is stressful for a chinchilla, but a move PLUS a whole set of unfamiliar people is even more so. If you will only be gone for a month, and you know this is the place he will be staying for the foreseeable future, and he is with people you trust and who know how to properly care for a chinchilla (and are willing to do so), I see no reason for you to give him up. If you are able to set him up beforehand and stay at the house with him for a few days to help him adjust, that will probably make the move less stressful. He won’t forget you while you’re gone, especially if you visit during weekends and give him lots of play time!
If, after you consider your choices, you decide you feel it is best to give him away, please make sure you rehome him with someone who knows chinchillas. There are too many people who have chinchillas yet have no idea how to properly care for them.
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.