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Myminizooxo

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Hello!
So I was wondering if I could put a leash and harness on my chin instead of putting her in a box so she doesn't get as hot. She's pretty good at sitting on my shoulders or laying in my arms. Shes only be in it for a car ride for check ups
 

Amethyst

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There is no way to safely put a harness on a chin. They have very fragile bones and a floating rib cage so if you put the harness on tight enough that the chin couldn't escape it the risk of killing it would be very high. Just get a carrier, if it's not far then a hard plastic cat carrier works well. If it's a far trip or your chin is really focused on chewing the carrier, there are metal carriers you can buy. Here are some examples of small animal carriers or small cages you can use as a carrier.



 

aznmexaggie

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Leashes/harnesses aren't safe for chins and please don't put your chin in a box either. Use a safe travel carrier for your chin and she will be fine. The wire mesh in chinchilla carriers allows for air circulation.
 

Myminizooxo

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Yeah I didn't mean a box box I meant like one of those fabric material ones with the mesh at the doors... I guess they're called bags.
 

LillyChu

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Yeah I didn't mean a box box I meant like one of those fabric material ones with the mesh at the doors... I guess they're called bags.
I'd recommend either getting a metal or full plastic travel cage, they are not allowed to have plastic, but most don't chew that plastic one too much and they get more coverage from the wind than the metal one, though if you are handy with fabric, you could possibly make a cover for the metal one during the times that it's VERY cold or windy outside, cause that could cause even more health issues..

Problem with the fabric one is that with a few bites through the even more toxic mesh, they could be running free..
It's super easy for them to escape from those, which is why I'd recommend getting a different carrier.. They are fine for cats, smaller dogs and hedgehogs, but for rodents I would not recommend it at all, might not even for ferrets either.
 

Binki

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I have a similar problem as my exotics vet is 1 hour away. On top, my chin is pretty wild and a demolition machine, but despite all that I found out that a small plastic carrier does the job beautifully. My chin has a go at the carrier when I just put him in but when I say 'no' (he knows the meaning) he stops at once; also, as stated in another reply, the plastic of carrier pods is not that easy to chew. I found that putting some shredded paper as bedding helps: after a couple of jumps he just goes to sleep. On one occasion I even had to do it by train, with changes of lines. I was a little apprehensive but the chin could not have cared less.
 

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Never, never even consider putting a harness of any type on a chinchilla. They have delicate, floating ribs and irreparable damage can occur, not to mention thoracic damage and stress.
 

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