Surprise litter of kits...
I bought a pair of Chinchillas from the pet store believing the male had been neutered. I've had them almost 5 months and yesterday my beautiful female had yet another (she was a breeder at the pet store for 6 years) litter of kits. One of the babies is very tiny, the other looks a little more the size I think there supposed too, although both babies are healthy and active. There eyes are open, and although they have a tiny bit of a wobble for the most part are climbing, jumping, running and playing. Mum is feeding, cleaning, and for the most part always has at least one baby under her. I still have dad in the cage right now. Not expecting a litter of babies we didn't have another cage and so I have no way to seprate dad. When our paycheque comes in we're going to see if we can afford to pick up even maybe a rabbit cage for now to get him out of there with her. He doesn't seem to be bugging the babies or mum too much... actually a lot of the time he seems to help round up the babies or keep them warm, but I just don't want him breeding to her again so soon, and I'm suspecting he wasn't neutered like we thought.
Mum had them a day and a half ago and still seems to be a little wet around her bum... that worried me some, because I'm used to dealing with hamsters and wet tail, but she shows no signs of anything at all being out of sorts with her at all. Shes eating, drinking, and acting completely normal, but I wasn't sure if her still being a little wet after a day and half was normal (its a very little bit, but I'm very parnoid when it comes to illness with my pets).
The vets around here know completely nothing about chinchillas at all, although I'll probably take the male up to the city (5 hours from here) and see if they can tell me if hes neutered and if he isn't get him done, so my wonderful little mummy can FINALLY have a break.
I've had a chinchillas before but never a litter of babies and I was wondering what I should look for in mum if shes having any trouble, what I should look for in the babies for any trouble, and if theres anything I can do to help either. My mum has had probably 14.. 15 litters of kits in her life, and I'm sure knows most of this stuff herself, but this is the first time shes had a litter in my home, in her new cage, and I want to do everything I possibly can to help her.
I talked to the pet store and they told me to give her some non-fat soy milk, and some yogurt as a treat, so I gave her a little bit of both, and have been keeping the soy milk on a water bottle beside her regular water, water bottle.
I know these are things usually checked out before a litter, but we thought he was neutered and we were safe, but now that the adorable, sweet little babies are here, I just want to make them and mum as healthy and comfortable as possible.