Hello! My name is Kathie and I am a proud new mommy of a 2+ month old mosaic chin named Pogo.
I got him about a week ago. He is such a joy! I knew I would love having a chin but I am so surprise at how attached I am to him already!
My kids love him too! And they are VERY good with him although neither of them feel ready to hold him...he's too squirmy for them!! They love to pet him thought!! Not to mention giving him treats...not too many and often times we just give him a pellet or a piece of corn from the cob in his cage!
I do have some questions and concerns however and was wondering if anyone could shed some light for me. First...he was eating pretty well until two nights ago. I brought home some food from the breeder I got him from and fed that to him for about three days or so. Then I started mixing it with the food I got for him. I can't find the food she gets and she is having trouble finding it also. (It is by Koch). It has pellets and a couple of different types of oats but not a great amount. I purchased Mazuri based on all that I was able to read on the internet about different feeds. After about three days or so, I started mixing mine and hers...about 50/50 or so. He ate fine for about two days and now he only eating maybe 25% of what he was eating before. I give him about a TBS in the evening each night. He never cleaned it all up, but he did eat at least 75%. He doesn't seem to be acting any different but I know at least with horses (I have two of those also!!), when they go off their feed it often means a problem! I provide him alfalfa cubes and dried corn on the cob also. (The breeder does that with all her chins). I see him working on the cubes sometimes and he LOVES the corn! Goes through them rather quickly and like I said, we use the kernels for treats as well. I did take all the corn out last night to see if maybe he was filling up on the corn instead of his pellets but he still ate very little.
The second question/concern is that he doesn't seem to chew on anything but his corn and feed. I have put lava blocks, the colored wood/chew toys as well as plain wood blocks from the pet store in there but he never chews on them. We also made his home before he came to us...it is made up entirely of wood except for the hardware cloth/metal mesh on his doors and to support his ramps and the metal brackets to secure the shelves and the corogated plastic that lines the walls and floors. His home is 5x4x2 feet and there are 10 shelves and 10 ramps. I also made him a cubby house and a bath house all of wood and it is in there all the time. So...he has lots to chew on and doesn't chew!! I have checked everything for marks and there are none. I worry about him developing teeth problems without him chewing.
So...does anyone have any advise, info or anything else to offer to a concerned chin mommy? I know that he is still a baby and they don't always do things "by the book", but if there is a problem, I rather be proactive than reactive. Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to give as much info as I could.
Thanks!! Kathie and Pogo