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Old 05-14-2009, 11:12 PM
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Default Chinchilla Fur and Shedding

Hey, I just joined this forum yesterday, because I plan on getting a chinchilla within the next few months.

My friend had a chinchilla (the chinchilla died young at only two because she accidentally ingested glue that was on a paper towel roll she wasn't supposed to get) so I do have a good idea of their habits and personalities, of course, every individual is different.

Yesterday, I went to a pet store to hold a chinchilla to show my mom what they are like in person (I do not plan on buying from a pet store, I plan on getting him from a reliable breeder.) My mom did not think that they are bad looking (as you can see in my signature, I am a reptile person - my mom doesn't mind the reptiles, but she is not in love with the work, money, and mess of mammals) but she didn't like that fur was falling out of the chinchilla as I held it.

The chinchilla was not struggling or moving at all, just sitting in my hands, but once I put him back, I was covered in fur. My mom would not want it to be leaving fur all over the place, do the shed year round, or is it just now because it is summer time.

Also, my mom is allegric to cats, I know rabbits have the same allergens as cats (I know rabbits and chinchillas are not closely related though), would a chinchilla cause any problems with allergies?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:21 PM United States
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Chinchillas furslip as a defense mechanism. Some chinchillas slip no matter what, there are others who don't unless extremely stressed. It all depends on the chins. I have a chin who is constantly slipping, whereas the rest of my chins for the most part keep their fur unless severely stressed. It all depends on the chin, like I said.

As for allergies? Most people find themselves more bothered by the hay, dust, and bedding than chins themselves. These can be cut down by using fleece liners, hay cubes rather than loose hay, and dusting in an enclosed area, rather than an open container.

Other than that, I really don't know what to say.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:50 PM
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Kingston fur slips just running around the room bumping into things! I noticed this when he played in the bathroom he'd always have some hanging off, and he likes to pull it off and try to eat it v_v I thought it was fur chewing until I observed this.

As far as allergies, Ash pretty much covered it. I'm very bothered by the dust, my eyes feel like they're on fire, but was recommended to me by Peggy (tunes) on the forum.
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:00 AM
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I have two chins and neither of them shed. One of the reasons why chins were so attractive to me was because their hairs don't cause allergies. What I did get allergies from was, like Ash said, from the bedding but Fleece liners will get rid of that problem. =)

Good luck researching! There are alot of great information here on the forums that are more valuable than any book you can read. yes, BOOKS < CnH =)
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Old 05-15-2009, 12:59 AM United States
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I have some allergies, and was allergic to the guniea pigs we had gotten. I do not have problems with my chins; with the exception of the dust. Which i've worked out how to not be around it. I think they're pretty good for people with allergies and they usually shed spring & fall. What i do to avoid alot of that is i comb them. If you start them out when they are young, they be fine with combing. I've had turtles, guniea pigs, birds, hamsters, fish, a rabbit, (litterally a small petting zoo) and the chinchillas are by far and large- the "neatest" animals i've ever had! Learn all you can on this forum before you get one--and you'll be set!! P.S. Tell your mom they Do Not Smell. That'll really help close the deal with her!hehe
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:13 AM
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I hear that chins are very good for people with allergies. They are really unlike other small animals. However, the dust does tend to get everywhere not matter how hard you try to keep it contained. As to the shedding, the only time i really end up with fur all over is if mine get into a fight, which unfortunately happens on occasion. For me the biggest battle is keeping my room dust free.
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Old 05-15-2009, 04:30 AM
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And, I have heard people using sweet PDZ instead of dust, and it is supposed to be less dusty. You can also buy chinchilla grooming combs and groom the chin every month or so to get the dead fur out, therefore hopefully they will have less fur to shed.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:38 AM United States
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Also tell her they don't get fleas... that was a BIG selling point with my hubby.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:46 AM United States
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Welcome Grant! I'm glad you made it over from Yahoo. I think you'll find the answers here a bit more.....chin related.

I do recommend the Sweet PDZ. I have asthma and the blue cloud and blue cloud just about kill me. I'm not sure why, but the PDZ doesn't do the same thing. It just seems much less dusty, and it has made a huge difference for me with their dusting.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:09 AM United Kingdom
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Hi Grant, I've recently got a new chin and thought I would share my experience as I have allergies too.

I went to hold one at a pet shop first to check out my allergies. I put my hands in his fur and then all over my face, in my eyes etc and I did have a mild reaction - so don't believe it if people tell you they are non-allergenic: your mum could well be allergic to them.

But since my reaction was mild I decided to risk it and it turned out fine, I have no problems with my guy at all apart from a bit of an itchy eye when I change his cage out (I think I must be allergic to his urine). Picking him up is fine. The cage is in the front room which is where I am most of the evening and I have no problems with him, and he does not smell either! You can probably guess how severe her reaction will be by looking at her reaction to other furry animals. For me it is similar to my reaction to rabbits.

As some people have said dust/ hay can be a problem, but your mum will probably already know if she is allergic to these. It's not the case that everyone who has pet allergies will have dust allergies - I have no problems with his dust at all, just his urine! I think having asthma might increase the chance of being allergic to the dust. I don't have asthma, just pet allergies.

As for fur shedding: when I went to the breeder to meet my chin, I picked him up and he shed all over me, but now he does not shed at all really, so I think it's a nervous thing (with mine anyway). Now he is more used to me he doesn't shed when I handle him.

Hope that helps!
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