Chinchilla is acting crazy - heat exhaustion?
I'm a little concerned about my chinchilla getting heatstroke. My roommate likes to turn up the heat during summer in Arizona, which makes no sense - although I can't help the problem. If necessary, I will buy a small AC unit to cover the chinchilla's cage, because I'm very worried about her.
-Running around like crazy, won't let me corral her back into her cage (which is spacious, and she shouldn't mind it)
- Trying to jump on the walls. There is no ledge, she just is making a jump up a wall, and running circles around the room.
- Jumping at the window. She really seems to run along the wall with a large window, perhaps because there is cool air emanating.
- laying down with a sleepy demeanor. It takes her a few seconds to get up if i come start petting her, like she doesn't even notice
I just get this feeling like she's trying to escape the room because it's too hot. It sure feels hot to me, at least. Fortunately, Tucson has very low humidity, but I don't know if that's enough. I turned the heat off, which my roommate won't notice since he leaves the vent in his room closed anyways (yet insists on heating the house, go figure). I also put some frozen cans and vegetable packs, covered in socks, into the cage. She did not touch the socks, perhaps because she doesn't realize that they will keep her cool.
She is sleeping sort of bunched up on the surface of one of the metal shelves in the cage.
Things I did not notice:
-I can't tell if her ears are pink or not
-She is breathing faster than me, but not super fast. maybe a breath per second.
-She is not drowsy at all, and jumps around when I wake her up.
It's not even heat stroke I'm so worrid about, as much as heat exhaustion. Even if my chin is in no danger of dying, I still want her to be comfortable.