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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2005, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mazuri food - fur problem?

I just recently found (what I was told) a Mazuri food supplier. The bag I got the food in says Purina chin chow. The supplier told me that mazuri was a purina brand (I live in Canada if it matters). I'm not sure if its true, is it?
So anyways, I've been feeding my chins the purina food and I've noticed that since I switched the food they're fur always looks like they need a dustbath, so I've been giving them they're bath more but it's not looking any better. Has this happened to your chins with the mazuri food? How can I make they're fur look better? I heard that protein effects their fur (the food says min 20% protein). Any ideas?
Also, what kind of comb is best for chins? I'd like to start to comb them if I can get them to sit still!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2005, 01:21 PM
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Chin chow is not Mazuri Chinchilla. I would go back to your supplier and ask them for Mazuri. It should be in a white bag with purple accents and a chinchilla on the front.

I've not had that problem at all and my chins have been on Mazuri for years.

Combs are specially made for chinchillas. Here's a supplier in Ontario: http://www.ontariochinchillas.ca/store3.php?id=43 I'd start with a #3 for just general grooming.

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Thanks Jade for the site and the comb tip!
I called around to all of the feed stores in my area and there was only one that said they could get me the mazuri brand of food, and I ended up with the purina. I went to the mazuri site and the analysis was pretty much the same - Protein min 20%, Fat min 3%, Fiber max 18%. Would this food still be ok for my chins? (none are nursing and they're ages are 9mos and 5mos)
Any tips on how to make they're fur look better?
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I would think it would be fine, but I wonder what else is in it that might affect their fur. Do you have an ingredient list? What were they on before?

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Before the purina food they were on the treat-filled pet shop food
The label that came on the bag of purina food didn't have ingredients, it only had the analysis: Protein min 20%, Fat min 3%, Fiber max 18%, Sodium .2%, Calcium .9%, Phosphorus .7%, Vitamin A min 12,000 I.U/kg, Vit D3 min 4,425 I.U./kg, Vit E 75 I.U./kg.
I also went to the website (http://www.agribrands.ca/) and it doesn't say there either.
Their fur doesn't look horrible, just like they didn't have a dustbath in a few days (maybe a little oily?), and it isn't getting worse. I was just wondering if there is any way to fix it by giving them some type of treat or supplement or something? Maybe alfalfa?
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It's possible it's just an adjustment period and will level out. It's hard to say what would cause that. You might ask one of the ranchers in your area if there are any - they would have much more experience in this sort of thing.

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I've found that the cooler it is in my chin room the better their fur looks. You might try that. I like to keep it around 65.
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Jade - Yeah, I'll have to ask around some more, maybe I can find some ranchers around here.
indychinchick - I've noticed when it's warmer the fur looks worse too, but I usually keep the AC on high always for my little furry pets
I guess I'll just have to wait it out and see if they adjust better
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