Advice on chinchilla bonding!

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  1. Kerga93

    Kerga93 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello,

    I am a mum of eight chinchillas! Crazy I know! I have converted the attic into three play areas for each group of chinchillas, one area has three already bonded chins (1 male, 2 females), the other one has two bonded (1 male, 1 female) and the last area has one lonely male. Before anyone mentions all males have been castrated My solo male had a female companion who were together nearly eight years, unfortunately last august she had to be put down after fighting a long battle with the dental disease mallocusion, it was a very difficult time and the male was her rock during that time, grooming her and keeping her warm after dentals, she was a strong fighter. Ever since losing his companion his personality has changed (he is ten years old) doesn't like coming out of the cage much and just looks like he is sulking and sad... he used to be so hyper, enjoyed playtime and hated going back in the cage! He has also gained a bit of weight
    So I decided maybe try and get him another companion or two... (I have done the bonding process previously). I found these two beautiful female chinchillas (17months old) needing homes, they looked perfect! I got them around a month ago, got them vet checked by a specialist and all is well. Monday just gone we cleaned all of the attic cages and disinfected the floor area as well. This is the first time the girls were up in the attic as well! All seeemed well that night and all three chinchillas were calm, a little pacing and curiosity but nothing bad or serious (btw there in separate cages and during letting them out I have put up a barrier so they can't reach each other but still see one another). However last night, I let the male out to have a little run around and then the girls, all was well again but for some reason after twenty mins of the girls being out (male is away in his cage) the black velvet female chased the beige one, I left it but after three times and fur flying, I stepped in. She wouldn't allow the other too enter the cage and kept going for her. I didn't want them to break their bond so I quickly brought the cage back downstairs and let them out in the bathroom for twenty mins... they were fine, no chasing or anything and they slept cuddled up together all night...

    I want opinions or advice on what to do? Should I?
    - bring the male downstairs and do the bonding process in a completely neutral area but then put them upstairs when bonded
    Try again but give the females time to adjust too all the smells and sounds of upstairs first before trying them in together
    Give up and sort another solution out
    Or any others will be much appreciated. I want my male to have a friend but I don't want too ruin or jeopardise another bond for it. Thank you
     
  2. Amie Dooley

    Amie Dooley PetForums Newbie

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    Please may I ask on whether or not your Chinchillas had surgery for her dental disease ?? One of my girls has just been diagnosed with it, and she has just yesterday had surgery for this on her teeth. This has just cost me £132.00.

    As for the bonding, I tried this last year when I adopted a lonely male who had been castrated, with my already bonded pair of girl Chinchillas, and they did not accept him. This only caused him stress, but he was used to being alone, and had adapted to that. If you have the time to constantly keep him company, then he should be fine. Maybe a much younger chinchilla may bond with him, so that the younger one does not kno any difference etc...

    I have 5 Chinchillas who are all girls (recently lost a boy chinchilla last year)

    A trio family - I recently adopted from a rescue as nobody wanted them, other than to breed them.
    Their is a mum, and her two daughter.
    Two girls - I have two girls who are sisters.

    They are all so dominant, that I do not feel they will even accept each other, as each bond is far too strong.

    I hope this helps!
     
  3. Kerga93

    Kerga93 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey! Thank you for the reply

    Yes my female who had mallocusion had dental surgery nearly every month for the first three months then every six months for two years, as well as antibiotics and painkillers (septrin and loxocom) easier on their stomach. Make sure your vet is an exotic specialist as they know exactly what to look for, at the beginning of her disease I went to my usual vet and she kept getting worse, because they didn't know exactly where too look for the spurs and how they grow in different directions, good luck with your girl, I wish you all the best, it's a horrible disease to deal with I would say that's about right in price, I had around three X-rays during the two years as well to see if the roots are progressing, which they were

    Yes thank you that helps a lot, I know females are more dominant and got more attitude ha! Whereas all three of my males are affectionate and quiet! I considered bringing him down into the living room, I just want him too be happy. Again thank you!
     
  4. Amie Dooley

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    Hello, I have just posted a thread about her titled (Dental disease)

    I made sure I was seen by a specialist vet in Small animal, rodents and exotics. I also spoke with other chinchilla owners who were seen by him. I wasn't given any medication for her afterwards, as they said that it was now all down to her to eat and for her missing teeth to grow through, as their was still roots for her missing teeth, and only the top layer was missing. I was advised to give her blended vegetable baby food for the first few days, as she had stopped eating her own food due to her being in pain. They said that it is now down to her now. He said to bring her back if she does not recover.

    Can they possibly survive it ?? Did yours stop eating ??

    Thank you !!

    You're welcome, I fear as you described above that it would break their already formed bond, as it looks like one was being friendly with him and the other was not accepting him, if you're you know what I mean.
     
  5. Kerga93

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    Maybe yours ain't mallocusion then and just crumbling tooth or misssing teeth, I just read that thread and it sounds very similar to my girl :(. Another option is too soak her pellets in warm water, it makes them soft for them too eat and gives them the nutrients they require, or try and syringe feed her with some of the vet formula food if your worried she is not eating. During her disease and health I always had syringes and food formula ready just in case so maybe it's worth grabbing some At the vets next time you go. If she does have mallocusion then medication and painkillers will be needed, as it's a painful condition (the roots continue to grow up into their eye sockets whilst their teeth grow outwards or inwards or at an angle causing the mouth area to get worn away and infection) I would keep checking her weight and eating, I took mine back after a week each operation too check her revocery and get medication if it ran out. Without that she would go downhill very quickly and go off her food. If it's mallocusion it's not curable, so eventually a decision has to be made, mine lasted two years before she gave up the fight and everyone involved decided it's the best thing for her :'( she stopped eating the first and second dental, but my vets kept her overnight too get her back eating and I syringe/hand fed her for several days after that. The disease can be treated but not cured or stopped. I'm sorry :( I know how your feeling.

    Thank you for your help with the bonding situation just don't want to mess up other bonds, I will see how they cope upstairs and him downstairs. Fingers cross they will all be okay.
     
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    Wow thank you. I just hope that she has not got it. She looks normal, her weight is 640 which the vet said is normal, as it should be above 600. He said that it could be dental disease, but didn't exactly say what. When he said it was worse than he had thought, oh my heart dropped, but when you see their little faces, it just makes it all worth while. She also has so much energy and comes out for play time fine.
     
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    Your welcome :) I really hope she hasn't got it. That's a good weight, my girl was 350 at her worse, it was horrible. So I hope yours stays above 500 at least! It sounds like she is recovering well, I wish you and all of your five the best of luck :) they bring so much happiness into our life's, they are incredible animals