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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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New behavior - anyone seen their chins doing this?

My 10 year old chinchilla Marlo has started doing something ive never seen him do before.
a few times a week he will go to the bottom level of the cage and start digging. he digs everything under him, and pushes it away with his back feet, over and over and over. eventually theres nothing that hes moving, but he keeps doing it. he seems to do it under and next to the wheel the most. he only does it during the day when hes awake. at night ive never seen him do it.
its new, and was wondering if anyone knew why he would be doing this or if anyone has seen their chins digging like that?
its pretty cute
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 06:46 PM
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I've seen it with both males and females.
- The most common reasons I've seen is:
When they have a house or some other big thing on the ground, and want some more space for some reason
- They have some weird idea that this is the perfect place to roll around, and they have to make it all nice like their dustbath
- They are looking for something. Lost pellets, one nice hay straw or some other little think you wouldn't pay any attention

Sometimes they just dig for no apparent reason.

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I have several here that do that. It is normal


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2010, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Cool.
Well whatever his reasoning, its adorable!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 06:20 PM
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My grey chinchilla Lola has a habbit of slapping her things around the cage its pretty funny !!! i have always just thought she did it because she didnt like where i was putting her things
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