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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.