My chinchillas are driving me up the wall.
I have two... a sweet little girl named Mercury and a horrible little goblin named Ayla.
Mercury, I fear, is beginning to pick up bad habbits from this new arrival and is beginning to act up.
About a couple of months ago I adopted Ayla from a petstore when she was a teeny tiny baby... just old enough to be sold, as a companion for Mercury.
It didn't take long for them to become fast friends.
But Ayla and I have been at odds ever since. She bites... she's hyper, she tears up her cage and is otherwise impossible to handle. I've heard it suggested that you should place your hand inside of the cage for the chinchilla to become familiar with you... well not with Ayla. Every time I try she boldly runs up and proceeds to attack me.
Even when I reach in to retreive her food bowl she flips out and attacks.
I don't want to sound like a baby, complaining about creature bites, but they're kindof bad. The one I sustained a few days ago had blood dripping down the length of my arm and a good portion of my finger gone.
I could get over this, but for the fact that I cannot handle her. She flips out, bites, screams and flees.
I need to be able to handle her to clean the cage... otherwise I'd just opt to leave her alone.
Her and Mercury get along quite well, so I wouldn't see the need for my interaction.
Ayla has been acting wierd too as of late.
I suppose the best way to describe it is, she gets stuck in her bum by something sharp... she then will leap pretty far into the air, sometimes doing little back kicks.
They both are losing hair, but I'm not sure if this is from play fighting.
I really need help. I cannot even pick her up, nor hold her in a towel for a length of time, such as at the vets office.
I'm very much at the end of my rope... and right now I wish I had never purchased such aggressive pets. If rehoming is what I need to do, I'll do it, though it will break my heart... but I cannot have such terrible pets.