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Discussion in 'Chinchillas' started by DekuChilla, May 15, 2019 at 4:02 AM.


  1. DekuChilla

    DekuChilla PetForums Newbie

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    Hey everyone, I posted a day or two back about my chinchilla having soft poop. Good news is, I was able to get the poo back to normal, but another thing has came up that has me wondering if my chinchilla is okay or if I am just paranoid.
    He's young, not sure of the age, I imagine less then 4 months?. He eats Oxbow pellets and Oxbow timothy hay. The first few days he was quite active and ate his hay(not much) and once I got him his oxbow pellets he ate those(again not much). I have had him for about 1 week now and lately it seems like he spends quite a bit of time sleeping and is hardly active. I haven't seen him eat much and I keep supplying him with fresh food. However, when he is awake it's for maybe 30 minutes at a time and he seems alert and active, he doesn't seem sluggish or anything. I've seen him drink but not really eat lately. I am up till about 2am every night and he hasn't been active much or at all during this time anymore. I gave him a shredded wheat to see if he could even eat and he ate about half of it, so I'm not worried that he has a mouth problem or anything.
    I'm mostly wondering if this is fairly normal with chinchillas and they go through phases, or if it sounds like something is wrong with him, again when he is awake he seems alert and active, just haven't seen him eat. Any advice would be super appreciated, and I thank you in advance! I hope that everything is okay with him and that I am just paranoid.
     
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    Tiggers PetForums Senior

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    Chinchillas are crepuscular, that is, most active at Dawn and dusk, though do have periods of activity during the day. Most eating and drinking occurs through the night. You have not had your chin long enough to feel settled yet. What chin toys do you have in your cage for him?
     
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    DekuChilla PetForums Newbie

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    He has a bunch of smaller wood toys. Some with rope, others with bells in them, some dumbbell shaped. He also has some lava rock ledges, and some apple wood sticks. He seems to play with one of the toys for a minute before moving on, so I get the impression he isn't super interested in the toys he has. I was hoping to get to the store soon so that I could get him some more "exciting" hanging toys and what not. Is it possible that he is bored? Are they sometimes picky with their toys?
     
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    Tiggers PetForums Senior

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    Chins have short concentration spans. Try to rotate any toys and see what happens.
     
  5. DekuChilla

    DekuChilla PetForums Newbie

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    Rotated the toys and added a couple more, of course I wont see what happens until he wakes up later. Another question if you don't mind. I haven't seen him eat much or anything lately and I haven't seen much or any poop either. Is this possibly because he's still just adjusting, or should I be more concerned? When he is awake he seems alert and active like he was day 1.
     
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    Tiggers PetForums Senior

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    I would monitor the situation closely and post back here if you are still worried. He may not eat much during the day as some of mine don't. They start eating once they are up and running in the evening.
     
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    Clean everything out and monitor the poo. There should be a lot each day so it is concerning.

    And just to add rope toys aren't safe for chins, as it comes apart in threads they can wrap around toes/limbs and also internally if swallowed.
     
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    DekuChilla PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you, I'll remove the rope. He's gotten up once today for a small drink of water. I plan on getting him checked out in the morning.
     
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    Good luck at the vet
     
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