Part of the Pack
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Spokane, Washington
Sip and nibble
I have a chinchilla who is a first time mother, her kits were born a week ago she had three and two survived. The kits are so active compared to my first kit that was born about six weeks ago. I am concerned about the mother of these two active kits. Kapuah, the mother, has drastically slowed how much she eats and drinks. The kits are gaining weight and she keeps losing weight. I put a cranberry juice bottle on the cage for her along with her water bottle, given her a few extra treats and mixed some calf mana into her regular food. She is eating and drinking but it is so little, at what point would you say it's time to go to the vet? and do you have any suggestions for stimulating her appetite or what might be causing her to so drastically change her eating habits after giving birth. She is also pretty inactive and stays in one or two spots in the cage for the entire day, when she used to be one of my most active chinchillas.
I brush myself aside thinking, well she just had babies, I'd be tired too with these two active kits but the nibbling and not really eating like she should, doesn't make sense, she needs to eat so she can have milk for the babies...but the babies are gaining weight.
Hmmm, after writing this all out I am going to call the vet just run it past them, it's important to listen to gut feelings and I feel something just isn't quit right and have some evidence to support it.
I'll let you know, and in the meantime if you have any good ideas to stimulate your chins apetite please let me know.
My wonderful loves:
Emma, Xavier, SweetPea, Mr. Pickles, Mary Beth, Sheldon,Zena,Cadbury,Kapuah,Walter,Lou,Chip, Dilbert, Cartman, Gessepi,Miranda, Henry & Riker (my chins)/ Bunny, Little Cat,Clarissa (cats) , Lucy & Grace (Dappled Doxies) Simon (GSD puppy), Cookie (Australian Shepherd puppy), Captain Jack (cockatiel)