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Taking a chinchilla out of it's "house"

ChocolatPocky

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I remember reading somewhere (I forget which website), that it's not good to take a chinchilla out of it's little house/hut thingie when it runs in there, because that's their "safe space". You should try to pick it up/get the chinchilla when it's not in its house/hut. Does anyone have an opinion of that?

When I come to get Mr. B out of his cage for playtime he always tries to hide in one of his 2 little huts. He does get pretty defensive when he's in his hut and I'm trying to catch him, so I usually try to block him from his little house if I need to pick him up. I've had him for about 9 months now and I think he just doesn't like being picked up/out of his cage, no matter what. Once he's out of his cage for playtime he has a ton of fun running around tho!
 

Unicorn777111

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It seems that, in general, chins don't like being picked up or held. Swee-Swee (my chin) runs into her hut as well. I don't pull her out of it b/c I want her to have a "safe place" to run to. If I need to medicate or examine her I take the hut out and try to catch her quickly so she doesn't stress out by running scared around her play pen.
 

ChocolatPocky

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Haha yeah my chin hates being picked up. He's actually okay with being held. Before trying to catch him I try to block off the entrances to his huts, or if he's in one already, try to lure him out with food. This way I don't have to pull him out, which he hates and responds to by growling fiercely and nipping my hand. 🤪 Ah he's so cute even when he's mad hehe
 

borwin98

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I use the chin bath house to move my chins to play areas. I put the house into their cage and once the chin gets into it I icarefully block the opening and then move the house with the chin in to the play area. Works well for us.
 
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