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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-26-2010, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Chinchilla Bonding

I've had my chinchilla for 7 months now and I feel like we haven't really bonded. She'll climb on my lap a little when I let her out to play, but she won't let me hold her or really pet her when she's not in her cage. She loves to be pet through the bars of her cage but when I sit by her cage to do my homework or read she starts running back and forth and throws her bedding around. I'm not sure if I'm doing anything wrong because I am being very patient and gentle with her so she doesn't feel threatened. Is there anything else I can be doing to make her bond with me more or should I just keep being patient with her?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2010, 09:17 AM
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Honestly she sounds like a completely normal chinchilla. Most don't like to be held and petted like a dog -- they're active and enjoy exploring and hopping around.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome. I just worry because I've never owned a chinchilla before. I read all the websites and try to keep her healthy and happy. But all the websites say that she should be ok with me holding her and stuff and Cha Cha, my chinchilla, really doesn't like that. So I felt like maybe I was doing something wrong.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 01:21 PM
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Some do not mind being held and some do not like it at all.
A few like being held, but for the most part they just tolerate it.

None of mine likes being held. They do like to sit on my shoulder though. For them to do that, you need to hold on to the tail, because some animals think they can jump down when they like, or run down your back...

You could also try and sit or lay down with a sweater on. Some chinchillas really like sitting underneath a sweater while you have it on.

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