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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Talking Aggressive chinchilla? Grinding teeth?

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I've had my chinchilla for about a year and a half now. The past few months when we let him out of his cage for play time he does this thing where he attacks my husband or my arm/hand. He jumps on our arm/hand and starts digging and biting. It leaves scratches but doesn't really hurt. It's actually pretty amusing. I'm wondering if this is his way of trying to show dominance over us. Is this a bad thing? Should we try to break him of this habbit? Normally he does it right after we've stopped him from going after something he shouldn't be chewing on.

Also, this morning my husband discovered Chinny making this weird clicking/grinding noise. He's never made it before. My husband gave him extra sicks and lava bites, thinking he needed something to chew on. Should I be worried about this griding noise?

Any insight you can give would be wonderful. We love our chinchilla despite his bratty personality. In fact it's kind of endearing.
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The digging/biting thing could sound like some form of grooming

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My male chinchilla does the same thing but he is very mean. He makes grinding noises when I talk to him through the cage and when he is out during play time and I tell him "no" he starts charging at me! He is a rescue and I don't think he will ever come around. We are just trying to give him a good life so hes not passed around like he was to different households.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-2010, 04:28 PM
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If he has a problem with humans, telling him off is not the best way to handle him.
Lots of love and sweet talk is the only way to get anywhere. And grinding teeths do not have to be a negative thing. They can do it when they are mad, when they are happy, when specific things tast good and so on.

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