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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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I am torn between geting either a ferret ir s chinchilla. I have researched them and know quiet alot about them now. So now is the hard part, choosing which one to get. So could you please post some pros and cons. Thanks!


Also could you post why i should get either the ferret or chinchilla.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 06:50 PM
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Well Im not a pro but I think Ferrets would be better to play around with but they smell more than Chinchillas, its a hard one I would go with a chinchilla. My mum has had one when she was younger and said it was a really nice pet lol if that helps.

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ferrets are more social with the human in some ways but smell awful i would go to a pet store and pick witch ever one you find more friendly
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 09:40 PM
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Ferrets smell, and can hunt other small animals if you have any. They are more friendly meaning snuggly and such. You can teach them tricks and potty train them.

Chins smell better, eat plants i think they are cuter. They need low temps, normally aren't the most snuggly pets in the world. and they can't control their poops.

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I think it depends on what you look for in an animal and how much time you have to devote to this animal.
if your looking for something that loves to interact with humains id suggest ferret that is neutured/spayed and already descented , if your looking for a friendly but not very snuggly pet id suggest chinchilla.

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I promise I am not trying to turn you off to anything.


This is my experiences thus far with chins. Chins are a lot of fun, but require a lot of time and research. I can't tell you how much time I've spent fixing things that I do/did wrong. So far, mine are cuddly by no means (it's been 5 months) and there is are so many things you need to be careful with them. I have fun with them and think they are great, but at times, it is still very rough.


On one other note, chins do not eat plants (not saying in a bad way Kendalle ) but fruits and veggies and anything with sugar (no raisins!) is very bad for their digestive systems. No plastic, no fabric other than anti-pill fleece...the list goes on. Hehe.


Good luck in your search and whatever you decide you want.

Edit: If you do get a chin, get one from a breeder and not a pet store. Believe me, it's cheaper and the chins are usually healthier and socialized better. If you need help finding one in your area, let me know.

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Haha! i should have clarified They are vegitarian and not (idk if ferrets are omnivores or carnivores) so they do eat plants, like hay and stuff... not meat so their poo smells less

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Oh, lol! I got you. Sorry about that.
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I was tormenting myself over this exact same decision 22 years ago! I chose chinchillas and I've always been perfectly content with the decision. They're easy to clean up after and they smell nice - really important considerations! I'm not really into carnivore poop.
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My husband and I debated that and we got a chin and he's our baby. Chins are clean, fun, interactive, much smarter than most people realize and mine is quite the cuddle bug.


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I think it depends on what you look for in an animal and how much time you have to devote to this animal.
if your looking for something that loves to interact with humains id suggest ferret that is neutured/spayed and already descented , if your looking for a friendly but not very snuggly pet id suggest chinchilla.
any ferret you get from a pet store should have this done.


I've heard chinchillas can be very fragile and ferrets are very go go go and love to play. really depends what you want

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My good friend has a chinchilla. He is very afraid of people. He doesn't really like to be held and he always hides under his castle he has in his cage. Hes super cute but just doesn't really like attention. I have heard few are very social just like this little guy. I guess it all depends.


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I never really put the two animals together in a list of pick and choose before. They are both seriously different animals! Ferrets are smelly but really playful and slinky. I watched some at the pet store slide out of bed like a snake bc they were too lazy to stand up!! lol They seem more fun.

Chinnies in the pet store are always lame and non-active. I would find a good breeder of chins and go meet their real chins. Apparantly they are more active. They're soft. There's a breeder here who socialises hers so well, she was able to bring them to the pet expo a few years ago and they were very friendly examples of the species.

Did you figure out which one you want? I know I'm late here. Getting any animal will require more research and obviously an exotic vet to scope out. But let us know and post some pics!! There are no ferret owners currently on board (that I know of)
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