Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Elkhart Indiana
Our breeder told us that a big cage can be scary the first few days home. Mine splits in half in the middle and i put my chin in the top half for the first week until she settled in. They like higher places...it's comforting to them.
If this hasnt been said already soft music being played is a good idea. also don't whisper around them. talk at a normal voice so they are used to your talk...same with cleaning. after the first week make sure to start the vacuum cleaner outside the room you are going to vacuum then start in on the room. if she hears it when you are starting it from a distance, there from the beginning it won't bother her after time.
Treats seem fun to buy at the stores but make sure not to give too many because it can cause them to get fatty liver disease and cause short life. we use cheerios, rice and wheat chex, rice crispies(my chins favorite), rose hips, dandelion drops(at most pet stores) and apple slices. normally i give her 4-5 rice crispies or a cheerio then later in the day either a dandelion drop or a piece of apple(which is dried out with no artificial preservatives or sugar). this is not too much for them.
One last piece of advise i could tell you about is how to hold her. my chinchilla gets picked up only when she wants to. I use both hands and go in on either side of her and let her rest her paws on me. It is bad to hold a chin around it's ribs because they have floating ribs like mice. This means they will crush her insides just by holding/squeezing her the wrong way.
You can never have enough information for chins. They are brilliant little animals and it takes a lot of knowledge to figure out how they function and what they need. Definitely worth your time 8)
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Last edited by ownerofthemoon; 10-17-2010 at 04:40 AM.