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    Too hot for Chinzia?

    My new A/C is pointed right in the cage and it never gets above 75, plus she is right in the cool air flow if she wants to be. It has worked fine for two months. Of course, my electric bill went up $200 a month!
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    Chinzia - 1 year old female

    Chinzia is a friendly chin who lets everyone scratch her face and neck and lets me pet her and jumps in my lap. She is wonderful.
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    Too hot for Chinzia?

    She never did seem too hot. But, since I got the a/c it has been cold and we haven't needed it yet.
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    Too hot for Chinzia?

    So we bought a portable air conditioner to put near her cage. Thanks.
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    Too hot for Chinzia?

    I got Chinzia in January. The weather stays cool and everything was good. Now the weather can go up and make the room (the only one we can keep her in) go up to the 80's during the day. Is there anything I can put in her cage to keep her cool enough? Thanks.
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    My new chin has mess on her bottom

    Oh thank you, yes guilty as charged. I need to wash it more.
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    My new chin has mess on her bottom

    Thanks again for your help. I did put the pan where she was peeing, but now she seems to pee all over the place. What does "wick the fleece" mean?
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    My new chin has mess on her bottom

    I noticed that my new chin, Chinzia, still is not using her litter pan. She must have sat in her urine because now her bottom is full of matted hairs. What do I do?
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    Human food for chinchillas??

    I am reporting what he said, here is the email: We didn't feed our chinchillas wet fruit. Their fur doesn't handle moisture well. I do believe they would sparingly get treats of dried fruit (no added sugar). If I remember correctly they enjoyed dried banana chips and dried papaya the best out...
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    Human food for chinchillas??

    Thanks for the info. We do have a few exotic animal vets in San Diego (I live an hour from there). I am fighting my husband who thinks this is all bs and we should find information elsewhere. We have a friend who works at the San Diego Zoo with an expert there in chinchillas. He is asking...
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    Human food for chinchillas??

    Thanks so much for the clarification and information.
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    Human food for chinchillas??

    Hi I am a very new chinchilla owner and I am very confused. I found all kinds of information on line that seems to be wrong. Here everyone says don't give your chinchillas any human food? On line I found stuff like this: Fresh Vegetables and Fruits In moderation, fresh vegetables and fruits...
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    New Chinchilla for me.

    Thank you! I got one from Etsy Pandemonium Pets - a black metal one. I meant that the wheel would be 16 inches. The cage is huge for one chinchilla, could even fit two. I live in the mountains and my house is cold. We only have fireplaces so it is about 65 all the time. And our orchard is...
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    New Chinchilla for me.

    I found a metal cage on Chewy.com for $100 that is 16 inches. I guess I should buy that? I had a dish with shavings in the cage for her to pee in and she just ignores it. She seems to pee all over the place, not in a specific corner... My husband said if he had wanted a child, he would have...
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    New Chinchilla for me.

    Thanks for the help. Fleece sounds like it would be a mess to clean. Right now everything falls through the wire to a pan, which I line and is easy to clean. If she pees on fleece all the time, I guess you wash it alot?
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