My two new Chinchillas :)

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Well, this a bit of a long story...

On netmums, someone advertised two chinchillas for sale, £100 for two with cage, which at pet shop prices is cheap. I inquired and she said she had a new baby and no longer had time for them :( I hestitated as got loads on at the moment money wise. The day after she emailed me and said I could have them for £50, I have since seen she originally advertised on preloved for £150.

So anyway on sunday she sent me photos, their cage was shocking small for two active chinchillas 8...

I said I'd go to see them in the morning (monday) The cage looked even smaller in real life. It has a wire bottom too :(

She hadn't even bothered to give them names!

So, yes you guessed it lol I couldn't just leave them there. chinchillas can live upto 20 years and the thought of someone else buying them and keeping them in that cage forever was heartbreaking, they are only 3 :(

So they are now here and seem very calm and settled, they are both girls, still in that cage at the moment but will be having a new one soon and will have loads of free range time!

Here's them in their tiny cage :(

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They are gorgeous, am so glad you took them in. That cage does look small but a least they will have a wonderful new life with you. I would love some chinchillas. I love degus too, OH held one in P@H the other day and about an hour later we noticed it had weed on him lol.

Have you decided on any names?
 
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Well as they are grey and white I thought of Snowball and Storm ! :))

But the kids have other ideas, my daughter, age 6 wants them to be Megan and Sophie ( the names of two of her friends at school! )

We'll see, i usually decide after having them for a few days :)

Tomorrow I'm going to give their cage a good clean as she obviously hadn't cleaned it properly for a while :(
 

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they are so lovely!
glad they have found their way to you :)
 

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BEAUTIFUL!

One day i'd like some chinchillas, they seem so sweet.

Well done taking them
 

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Ahh, bless them. That cage looks tiny for 2 chinchillas, let alone one. I'm glad you've taken them in now. I'm sure they'll be much happier with you :)
 
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put some lino or correx or cardboard on the mesh floor until you can get a new cage x

Yes I'm going to after gving it a good clean out , its filthy! :(

I asked her how often she gave them a dust bath, she sort of mumbled , 'well you 'should' do them every day, but they make a mess' :(

When I put the bath in they literally jumped into it, :( they must have been desperate to bath themselves poor mites :(
 

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Awww such a sad story,glad they have a happy ending though :) I love the snowball and storm names too they're very pretty chinchillas :) hope you keep us updated on their story they are just so sweet x)
 
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Awww what gorgeous chinnies :)) Id love some chinnies... but i think its the nocturnal part that puts me off.. ive had hamsters and that put me off with them... Well done for saving them xx>>>

Are you going to be keeping their cage? or buying a new one?



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Awww what gorgeous chinnies :)) Id love some chinnies... but i think its the nocturnal part that puts me off.. ive had hamsters and that put me off with them... Well done for saving them xx>>>

Are you going to be keeping their cage? or buying a new one?



Esther x

They are not nocturnal as hamsters are , they are most active at dusk and dawn, referred to as 'crepuscular' they tend to have a lot of naps during the day, waking in between :)

Yes I will be getting a new cage, but will have to save up first I've got my eye on this one:

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/rodents/cages/rabbit_cage/100_cm_cages/137454

or this one:

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/rodents/cages/chinchilla_cages/95925

Was going to make one using C&C's but apparently they are not suitable.
 
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Yes I thought so at first, as they are climbers, but I read during my 'research' over the last couple of days that they can injure or even kill themselves falling over 1- 2 feet, the second one has quite a long drop if you look at the top 'shelf' to the cage bottom :( Could use hammocks etc in between to prevent this I suppose.

The first one would allow them to climb and run and no chance of falling from high places.
 

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I have been looking into chinchillas recently as we are hoping to get some soon. I went onto a forum to ask questions about cages and everyone on there recommends John Hopewell cages http://www.johnhopewell.co.uk/default.asp?template=productlist.page.xml&CategoryId=32

From the research I have done they should have a wire base in the cage and should not have plastic bases or shelves as they can chew them and it can be harmful to them. Here is a link to the forum.
http://www.chinformative.com/
 
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Thanks, I'll have a look at those forums / cages. I read on another forum that the original reason for mesh floors was when they used to be breed for fur :x
and that kept the fur clean :(

These two I have got have very red feet :( so I have put lino at the bottom, but most is also covered with wood so shouldn't be a problem they have loads of chew things anyway.

Thank you :)
 
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I let them have a run around the bathroom tonight when I cleaned the cage they loved it, and easier the catch than I imagined :))

Heres photos of parts of the filthy cage they were brought in yesterday:

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And here are my babies exploring the bathroom :)

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