Health care advice
I'm Brianna. My family has four chin chinchillas: Poppet, Posie, Pixie and Peaches.
Our littlest one, Pixie (a black velvet named for her tiny-ness), is the reason for this post. We got her from someone who received her from someone else, so we do not know her exact age. They said 6 months, a breeder we saw said 3 months and the vet said about 8 months. She is a complete sweetheart and so unlike any of our other chinches. She loves coming out and will eagerly hop out onto you shoulder the minute the cage door is open.
Lately, however, she's been acting oddly. She has been lethargic and refusing most food, though she will eat occasionally and she has not stopped drinking that we know of. Her nose is a little runny and she acts kinda of pained when we try and pick her up. She no longer runs out to greet you, but stays in the corner. Her fur also seems a little coarser. Her 'droppings' have been soft as well. There have been no signs of aggression and she's still as loving as ever.
The vet found no signs of injury or anything in her excrement. Does anyone have a clue as to what might be wrong? We haven't had her long, but she's already found a place in our hearts. She's my special little girl.