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dworkinite asked: Hi! So I've had my chinnie for a while, unfortunately the other week he had quite a fall and had to go to the vets after he started acting really sickly and odd :( he's ok now, and perky as ever, in perfect health. However, he has had 2 whiskers fall out in the space of a week? If it was only one, I wouldn't be panicking. Should I worry about 2? Or if any more fall out? Thanks!
Losing whiskers is nothing to worry about! Especially if he has recently seen a vet and has a clean bill of health. It may have been the stress of falling and/or having to go to the vet, but it is not something you need to be concerned about. I’m glad your little guy is feeling better!
charcoaal asked: Hi! I'm adopting a 3 year old female chinchilla today from a friend that didn't have enough time to let her out of the cage and play with her. Any tips on how to get her accustomed to me and the new space the fastest? I dont want her to get too stressed out from the move!
The most important thing is to go slow with her. For the first week or so, don’t interact with her other than giving her food and water. You can sit in the room and talk to her, but don’t try touching her.
After she is comfortable with your presence, sit with your hands in the cage and let her come up to you. Offer her small pieces of treats (not too many!). Don’t try to pet her yet. Eventually she will sitting in your hand or crawling up your arm!
Don’t get discouraged if your chinchilla is still afraid after a few weeks. Older chinchillas especially can take up to several months to really bond with a new owner! Just be patient and persistent!