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Kimbomoshi

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Hi! I'm owned by a sassy feisty and cuddly chin named moshi she is about 3 months old and we found this forum right when I got her. I wanna be as informed as possible to make sure I do everything right. Only the best for my spoiled little girl haha
 

kyrosh

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Heyo, welcome! :D
Im sure you'll have a good stay, I've found a lot of helpful stuff on here so I'm sure it'll help you out!

But do you just have one chinchilla? from what I know from what I know chinchillas are social animals and need a partner :0
 

Jawramik

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Heyo, welcome! :D
Im sure you'll have a good stay, I've found a lot of helpful stuff on here so I'm sure it'll help you out!

But do you just have one chinchilla? from what I know from what I know chinchillas are social animals and need a partner :0
Not necessarily! Although chins are indeed herd animals in the wild, it seems to be a little more complicated in captivity. Not all chins will accept a cage-mate, or even an out-of-the-cage playmate. Unless you get a pair or group that has grown up together or is already bonded, bonding chins who are strangers can be a long and tricky process, and sometimes it just never works out. While they probably do get some benefit from being around their own kind (even if they're just in separate cages in the same room), most seem to do just fine on their own. They're not like, say, rats, where keeping them alone is practically a form of abuse. In fact, it's usually advised that you just stick to one chin unless you're able/willing to give each chin their own cage, because many chins just flat-out refuse to share their space peacefully. They can be very territorial, and often it seems that those territorial instincts override whatever social instincts they may have.
 

Jawramik

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Hi! I'm owned by a sassy feisty and cuddly chin named moshi she is about 3 months old and we found this forum right when I got her. I wanna be as informed as possible to make sure I do everything right. Only the best for my spoiled little girl haha
Welcome! This forum has a wealth of information, I hope you find it as helpful as I have!
 

Kimbomoshi

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Not necessarily! Although chins are indeed herd animals in the wild, it seems to be a little more complicated in captivity. Not all chins will accept a cage-mate, or even an out-of-the-cage playmate. Unless you get a pair or group that has grown up together or is already bonded, bonding chins who are strangers can be a long and tricky process, and sometimes it just never works out. While they probably do get some benefit from being around their own kind (even if they're just in separate cages in the same room), most seem to do just fine on their own. They're not like, say, rats, where keeping them alone is practically a form of abuse. In fact, it's usually advised that you just stick to one chin unless you're able/willing to give each chin their own cage, because many chins just flat-out refuse to share their space peacefully. They can be very territorial, and often it seems that those territorial instincts override whatever social instincts they may have.
Thank you that makes me feel better cause she was always by herself since we got her/never had a cagemate and now she's bonding very well with us (maybe me a bit more though since I'm primary care taker) but I definitely wouldn't wanna ruin that bond
 
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