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porcelxine-bones said: I let my chinchilla out in my room instead of my bathroom like usual for the first time and he would NOT stop chewing on everything, how can I get him to stop so I can let him out in my room more frequently? I tell him no but don't scold him or scare him but I'm trying to let him understand the concept
Let me start off by saying you will not be able to stop him from chewing. Chinchillas are chewers and there’s no getting around it. That is why it is important to “chin-proof” a room before letting your chinchilla out for playtimes. Not only can chewing cause a lot of damage to your home, it is extremely dangerous for your chinchilla!! Chewed lamp cords can electrocute and kill your chinchilla. Aside from that, chinchillas do not respond to scolding or training. You cannot alter or prevent certain behaviors. All you can do is account for it and adjust accordingly. That means either continue to let him out in the bathroom (this is a common chin-proof room), or set up a chin-proof play pen where he can still hop around but will not be able to get into anything dangerous.
phonestrumpet said: Regarding the question about fur chewing, and it being caused by stress. I recently moved my boy to another room, because where he was, the sun shown directly onto his cage during the day. The room is quieter, as well, and he has a window view when he wants it. My question is, could this be stressing him out? He's not chewing fur, but now I'm concerned, and if he is stressed, what can I do to ensure he's okay?
Well, it’s tough to say. An environment change CAN stress a chin out, but that doesn’t mean it WILL. Has he been acting strangely since he’s switched rooms? Besides fur chewing, other signs of stress can be: lethargy, depression, shaking or biting the bars of his cage, urine spraying (females), diarrhea or squishy poops, or even skin or eye infections. You know your chin’s behavior better than anyone else, so if you believe he is acting differently than usual, he could very well be stressed out. But don’t be too concerned! After he’s adjusted to his new place, he should return to normal. During the adjustment period, don’t bother him too much or take him out for playtimes, but make sure he has enough toys and water and just talk to him softly.
fluter09 said: Does anyone else's chinchilla have way more personality and facial expression than one would believe possible in a chin or any pocket pet?
Yes! A lot of people are surprised to learn that there IS a big personality in that tiny furry body!
From my experience, I had brothers with two very different personalities. Figs was a stressed-out fur chewer who hated to be touched (if he didn’t want to move but wanted you to stop petting him, he would swat your fingers away with his hands!). Fatso was more friendly and wanted all the attention. Fatso would try to steal toys or treats away from Figs, and Figs would always push Fatso out of the dust bath if he got to it first. When Fatso passed, Figs became depressed for a while and would bark at me when I put my hands in his cage. Figs will give people the stink eye when they come near him (until he realizes they have treats), but he loves my dad’s dog and will tease her by jumping between both levels of his cage.
Does anyone else have a chinchilla with a big personality? Feel free to share!
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.