Usually I let my little chinchilla, Lupita, out of her cage when she wakes up, around 5:30, and I let her run around all evening, or as long as I am home. Sometimes it can be 1 hour, and sometimes it can be 4. The other day, I was studying for a class of mine, and she didn't get let out until around midnight. I have gone without letting her out this late before, but I have not for a few weeks until this time.
When I came home at midnight, she didn't want to come out of her cage, and she was just frozen in one place until I went to sleep. She was responsive, but she didn't move much, and it took me about two tries to get her to eat a raisin - she never turns down a raisin!
The next day, she was completely fine, she came out of her cage, but she didn't jump on my lap as much as she usually does. It took her about 2 days to act normal around me again.
Tonight, I didn't let her out until 9 because I was out running errands, and she is doing just about the same thing she did the other night, except this time, she barked at me a little bit. She is responsive, but she seems to just sit in the same place mostly, not doing much activity. She looks around a little bit, and eats a little bit, and sniffs, but she will be frozen for up to a couple minutes at a time.
Is she getting stressed, or mad at me when she is not being let out at the exact same time every day? Is she lonely
? I have only had her for about 2 months, and I am considering getting her another little chinchilla friend, but I am not sure if this would stress her out even more, or make her upset
with me for putting another chinchilla in her cage.