Chin making loud sound

JamaisVu

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Hi everyone,

My boy Kumo is a VERY chatty ~10 yo chinchilla. Over the years I've gotten pretty familiar with most of the noises he makes and what they mean (you know...happy grunts during playtime, angry kacks when he sees the carrier because he hates the vet, warning calls to warn all the animals at the vet that the vet is awful...). He's a very communicative little guy.

However, he's been making a new noise that makes me jump to check on him every time he makes it. It's a loud, high-pitch squeal/squeak that usually lasts only 2 or 3 seconds. I just can't pinpoint what it means and it makes me nervous because it almost sounds like a hurt puppy...or a squeaky toy squeaked to the max.

The first time he made this noise I sprung up from my chair and went to check on him...only to find him half asleep inside his hidey tunnel. The second time he made the sound right before running laps around his play pen. This morning he made the noise around dawn...I ran out of bed in alert to check on him and he just proceeded to ask for head scritches, a treat, and went on to get some water. I have no actual reason to worry except it's a very unnerving noise he's never made before and I don't want to miss the signs if he's hurt or scared somehow.

He does have a cagemate but I don't think Susu is at all responsible for the noise because she's a super chill chin that can't be bothered to fight most of the time and because 2/3 times I've heard him do the noise she was sleeping in a completely different part of the cage.

I've tried to find videos of similar noises but can't find it anywhere. The most similar I've found is the "wake up" sound found in this website: https://infolific.com/pets/chinchillas/chinchilla-sounds/ except Kumo usually ends up in a very high squeak. Since it's a random noise made at unexpected times I haven't been able to record it.

Does anybody else's chin make a noise anything this?

Thanks!

P.S. I did send his vet a note earlier today, but I'm posting this in my quest for answers/reassurance
 

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He's barking. Something is startling him and he's alarmed and warning "the herd." It's normal. I call it the chinny scream of death. :)
 

JamaisVu

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He's barking. Something is startling him and he's alarmed and warning "the herd." It's normal. I call it the chinny scream of death. :)
Well...that's a fun addition to his barking repertoire. Chinny scream of death sounds about right 😅 It's definitely scaring me half to death.

Thanks for the reply!
 

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