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Hi everyone,
I've joined this forum because I have concerns with my female chinchilla. She has demonstrated a few behavioral problems, the latest being fur biting. She's pulled out the shiny fur on one side of her body, revealing the woolly under-layer, but not down to her skin. In the past she has shown behaviors of Single Female Chinchilla syndrome because she lives alone. She was aggressive and stressed out. I was able to relax her a little bit by putting a stuffed toy into her cage but she has since figured out it's not a real boyfriend so she's starting back to her aggressive ways. I'm wondering if the fur biting is part of this.

I also have an adult male chinchilla. They have lived as neighbors but not together for years. I would have the male neutered so they could live together if it would help my female's mood, but I'm worried about a few things:
a)they're so used to living separately they won't live well together
b)the female will continue to be stressed and take out her aggression on the male
c)health concerns for neutering an adult

If you have any advice for any of my issues I would appreciate it. I would go to the vet with my questions, but it's expensive and the vet might not know very much about chinchillas. So I was hoping to get more information here first
Thanks so much!
 

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Thanks for your help!
I read about Single Female Syndrome on another Chinchilla site. It explained a lot of my girl's behavior. It said that wild female chinchillas are 'guarded' by males, they watch for predators so the females can eat without worrying. They said more high-strung domestic females can experience stress because there is no male standing guard and it recommended adding a stuffed toy to take his place. I did this and it initially worked for months...until she started to beat up her stuffed boyfriend. The fur biting started after that.
I've read about the things you talked about, cage size, boredom, stress. Her cage isn't huge, but it has two levels, ladders, platforms, and a wheel. She doesn't really chew things, but she has wooden stuff in with her. I give them standard chinchilla pellets, and occasional timothy hay cubes and treats.
Do you think I should give them more diversity in their diet?
So you recommend keeping my male and female apart?
Thanks!
 
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