Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Thanks for your help!
I read about Single Female Syndrome on another Chinchilla site. It explained a lot of my girl's behavior. It said that wild female chinchillas are 'guarded' by males, they watch for predators so the females can eat without worrying. They said more high-strung domestic females can experience stress because there is no male standing guard and it recommended adding a stuffed toy to take his place. I did this and it initially worked for months...until she started to beat up her stuffed boyfriend. The fur biting started after that.
I've read about the things you talked about, cage size, boredom, stress. Her cage isn't huge, but it has two levels, ladders, platforms, and a wheel. She doesn't really chew things, but she has wooden stuff in with her. I give them standard chinchilla pellets, and occasional timothy hay cubes and treats.
Do you think I should give them more diversity in their diet?
So you recommend keeping my male and female apart?