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Old 11-14-2017, 09:53 AM United States
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I wasn't really sure where to post this, so if it should be moved, please do so.

I checked on my chins before I went to bed last night, and in the corner of the cage was some funky stuff. I freaked out. I have no idea what it is. It's a plastic-y texture, but I don't know where they could have gotten it. Could they have swallowed it and then thrown it up? The shape/form of it has me puzzled. If it is plastic, would it have melted to the current shape? Or is it something else?

They seem fine, btw. But I will watch them closely today.

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Old 11-14-2017, 10:11 AM United States
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I’m not really sure what that is. But Chins are not able to throw up. Good luck
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:26 PM Croatia
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Are your chins male or female?
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:41 AM United States
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They are females.

I forgot that chinchillas don't vomit. So that leaves out that they ingested it before I saw it. That is a relief.

Ok, so today's update. I had thought on Monday that it might have been plastic from the texture of it. It was moist then, but it was near their water bottle. Looking at it again last night (being dried out for 24 hours) it definitely shrunk, so I'm thinking it can't be plastic. The texture is different now too. I am beyond puzzled.

I went through the parts of their room they have access to during playtime to see if I could find out where it could have come from. Nothing.

Is it possible that it was something that was in the hay?
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:27 AM United States
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It's most likely an estrus plug. Females will have one every time they go into "heat."
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:35 AM United States
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I agree with Tunes, that is what it looks like.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:08 AM United States
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"It's most likely an estrus plug. Females will have one every time they go into heat."

Oh Good Lord. Tell me that they are not both females and that I have kits on the way. Sooooo not in the plan.

JoJo does hump Daphne sometimes, but I just thought it was a dominance issue.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:46 AM Croatia
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I hope they are both girls, it looked like ejaculate to me, I had sexually hyperactive male, when he humped his stuffed friends he left something like this plastic look-a-like around.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:01 AM United States
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I sure hope they're both girls too, but at this point I'm thinking not. Even if it is ejaculate, if I'm not in trouble now, I will be eventually. UGH!!!!!!!
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:14 AM United States
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Take some pictures of the privates and post, we will let you know what your have!
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