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  1. Amethyst

    Question about getting new chin

    I'm not sure what you mean by take the cages out. If you mean in order to do neutral play time, you can either do it in another room (which I realize isn't always an option) or some people just use a playpen. That way you can make a neutral area that doesn't allow them to get near each other's...
  2. Amethyst

    Question about getting new chin

    Ok, well the biggest issue with introducing a female to a male is if she isn't spayed (you didn't mention but I assume not since is not a normal thing to have done unless medically needed since it's very risky) not only will she go into heat which can cause the male to go crazy even if he has...
  3. Amethyst

    Question about getting new chin

    First, chins are kind of like people in that just like not all humans get along with every other human, not all chins get along with all other chins, so it is possible you just picked the wrong chin to be his friend. The personalities need to mesh for a bond to work. I'm a bit confused, did you...
  4. Amethyst

    Chinchilla liver issue

    It's not uncommon for hand feeding to cause gas, have you been giving gas drops? If not that would be a good idea. Here is some good info dealing with constipation and stasis Constipation
  5. Amethyst

    Too hot for Chinzia?

    The formula doesn't really works other then to figure out max humidity level for temps of under 75F. Otherwise you are saying a chin would be perfectly fine in high temps of 100F or more so long as the humidity is no higher then 50%? For example looking online, in Phoenix Arizona today it will...
  6. Amethyst

    Cornflakes

    Here is the list, the goji berries are one a month (or you can cut one up and give small bits through the month), the rest is one piece or about 1/8 teaspoon per serving.
  7. Amethyst

    Too hot for Chinzia?

    75 is really the max safe limit and that is assuming the humidity is low (below 50%) and the chin is not being active, is in good health, and not old or a young kit. 70 is really a better temp (I aim for 68-70 year round) since it's well within the safe limit for all chins and allows for the...
  8. Amethyst

    Cornflakes

    No, corn is not safe for chins so cereal made of corn is also not safe. They also have about 3 times as much sugar then cheerios. Cheerios (and other cereal) really aren't advised as treats anymore (like within the last couple years). Studies have come out that the name brand ones test high...
  9. Amethyst

    HELP weird noise

    It kind of sounds to me like he scared himself. I know my guy does that when he zooms around and lands maybe too hard, or maybe almost fell but caught himself, giving him a bit of a scare.
  10. Amethyst

    Chinchilla liver issue

    The issue tends to be rodents and other animals (rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc) that live on and/or burrow in shavings. Here is one study AFRMA - The Problem With Pine: A Discussion of Softwood Beddings I'm not totally convinced it's as big or common of an issue for...
  11. Amethyst

    Chinchilla behavior-how to tell

    If stressed then tend to hide and bark at things they see, hear, or smell. They may not eat or drink much, or the opposite they can end up drinking a lot in one sitting, or eat and drink only when they feel safe and everything is quiet in the house depending on what is stressing them out. They...
  12. Amethyst

    Chinchilla liver issue

    Yeah, that's not the issue either, those can cause gas in some cases, but not liver problems.
  13. Amethyst

    Chinchilla liver issue

    Ok, well if he was doing fine before it could just be the antibiotics are upsetting his stomach a bit. The probiotics that seem to be most common is the Bene-Bac, you can get it at some pet stores as well as online at places like amazon and chewy. Most specifically about the diet though, you...
  14. Amethyst

    Chinchilla liver issue

    I can't help too much as I've never experienced that, but I know liver issues can cause them to not feel good and not want to eat. It looks like Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic? So they are thinking the liver count is up do to an infection? Antibiotics tend to also kill appetite and should...
  15. Amethyst

    My chin, Damien, appeared to have had a seizure last night.

    The temp and humidity are ok, so neither would likely cause any health issues, over 70F and humidity over 60% is when you need to start to really worry and best not to let them out for play, about 75F and you start to run the risk of heatstroke and death even if just left in the cage. However...
  16. Amethyst

    Best/Worst Brand of Dust

    There is a difference in dust, it's mined from different locations so it can contain different types of pumice (which is why some is white some is grey) as well as different they have different textures. Kaytee dust is one of the worst, there have been several people lately (like in the past...
  17. Amethyst

    Should I feed my chinchilla critical care?

    If she is already about a year old then she is pretty much full size, adult chins can vary in weight from about 400g to over 1,200g based on their genetics, though most pet ones are normally in the 400-800g range. You should be able to slightly feel the ribs under a thin layer, it should feel...
  18. Amethyst

    Chinchilla not eating/drinking but still runs around

    Here is a good explanation about dealing with gas and bloat Treatment and Prevention of Bloat
  19. Amethyst

    Chinchilla not eating/drinking but still runs around

    If it's just gas it should resolve within about 12 hours (or after 1-2 doses), if not better within 24 hours it's not just gas and you need to go to the vet. If it progresses to actual bloat (constipation, hard swollen belly, stretching and pressing their belly on the floor, things like that)...
  20. Amethyst

    Chinchilla not eating/drinking but still runs around

    With luck it's just a bit of gas and the gas drops do the trick, I would try that before the critical care. If it's a gas bubble causing the issue you need to break it up before she can eat, after the gas drops you can try to see if she will eat some critical care but I wouldn't force it. If...
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