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Old 02-24-2009, 05:35 PM
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My chins stink! I've tried dust baths and cleaning their cages but they are still stinky little guys... One of them also has a patch of hair that has urine in it... What can i do for this?
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:50 PM United States
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How often are you cleaning the cages? I clean once a week and don't have any issues with them stinking. However they do pee in one spot that I will clean more than once a week.

As for the pee in the fur, you can take unscented baby wipes and gently wipe it off
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:56 PM
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Chins should not smell. If they do then there is a problem. Poor health of the chin or poor cleaning habits of its owner. Make sure the cage is kept clean. What bedding do you use? Perhaps you need to find one that does a better job of odor control. Are they rolling in dirty bedding? If they are then you probably need to clean it more frequently. In the meantime you could wipe them with unscented baby wipes and give them a nice long bath for a few days in a row and hopefully with a clean cage they can get out of their "funk". Why does one have a patch of urine? Do they seem healthy? Any drooling? How are their poos and eating habits? A little more information might help us help you better .
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:57 PM United States
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I agree, I clean my cage once a week and once when I was sick, I didn't get to their cage for almost 2 weeks and the cage stunk (sp.?) but not my chins, so I don't know why yours would smell, except for maybe the pee in the fur, but like Alli said just use a baby wipe and gently wipe it off and dry them up after if you get them a little too wet, and make sure its new dust in their dust baths. Sometimes they poop and pee in it if you leave it in their cage too long.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:12 PM United States
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The only time I had a chin that stunk was because it got sprayed by another chin. I just gave her some extra dust baths and that got rid of it.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:14 PM United States
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I use free hay I get from the covered haybarn at the feedstore, I put about 4 inches in and change it once a week. Do you chins have lots of ledges, hammocks and hidey houses off of the floor? Their poo should not be soft and sticking to them. Is it firm and fairly dry? Read the "safe treats and the "correct feed" posts, their diet may not be the best.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:21 PM United States
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We have just started fleece liners, and I actually clean their cages almost daily (I'm TERRIFIED of having a smelly house!). I wash the liners twice a week, and I vacuum out poos every other day. I have noticed that if chinchillas pick a spot to pee that either gets on the carpet or on the outside of the cage it is harder to get the smell out, so you might need to wipe down the outside of the cage as well as the inside AND wipe down the walls around the cages (once again, I'm a neat freak, so I do this without thinking about it). Make sure you're picking all poo out of the dust bath before any other chinchilla uses it.

Overall, just wash, wash, wash anything and everything you can in the cage AT LEAST once a week!! Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:31 PM United States
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I've gone two weeks without cleaning cages due to issues with getting bedding and my cages still didn't stink(not that I suggest this). I have cages of 2-3 chins as well. So my females spray each other as well when they get crabby, and still don't stink. So, I'd look into the care you're giving your chins.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:22 PM
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I really don't think hay can remotely compare to pine chips for absorbancy, and hay gives a mouldy smell, even with water - pine gives off a clean smell with water, and more or less neutralizes chin urine! Try kiln-dried pine chips for a while - the nose knows!!
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:32 PM United States
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Hay is the best, no moldy smell (and I have a crazy sensitive nose), no chip flying out, no bare patches in the cage, no pee stains, they never eat it. Try it!
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