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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Chinchilla behavior problems

Hi! My name is Michelle and I am the proud caretaker of two chins: Chilly and Chi. I've had Chilly for over a year and we adopted Chi about 8 months ago. Chilly has hated Chi since we got her. We keep them in separate cages and they have their free run separately as well. At first Chilly was still very upset, but when we moved their cages across the room from each other she went back to her old loving, playful self. Things were pleasant and happy for several months.

About a month ago Chilly became hostile towards my boyfriend. This surprised me since he is the one who gives her treats and lets her out to play and such. She started peeing at him when he walked by and barking and if he tried to pet her she'd bite him. She was still just as sweet as always towards me, until yesterday when she peed in my face and bit me twice. She seems so unhappy all of the time and I don't know why. She has had no interaction with Chi and can't even see her. The only change she has experienced is now she has a "litter" box instead of the whole bottom level of her cage being a "litter" box.

If anybody has any information on why she could be so angry please let me know, otherwise I fear I may have to find her a new home. As much as I love her (I know you aren't supposed to say this but I do love her more than Chi) it seems unfair to force her to stay with us if she no longer likes us. Please, any information would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 07:28 PM
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maybe she is sick or has injured herself and she is being defensive because she might be in pain. Maybe u should have her vet checked before u give her to a new home. Have u changed her diet? that might cause her digestive problems. I know animals temperment will change if they are hurt or sick. good luck and keep us posted.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-26-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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We haven't changed her food in over 8 months, I honestly can't think of any change in the past 6 months. But she peed on me again today when I tried to pet her. Her poo is normal, her teeth are beautiful, her fur is immaculate. I just don't know.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2010, 11:38 AM
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She could feel threatened if he smells of another animal or shes injured and scared
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