Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Personality & Attitude City

     Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  The last week or so has been tons of fun.  I've enjoyed being at home and getting to know Freeney and Bizzie a lot better.  They sure are two completely different chinchillas.  Besides the obvious, coat classification, they have complete opposite personalities and attitudes. 

Freeney Gives me Kisses
Freeney is fun loving and cant get enough baby talk, hugs, kisses, and loves being out and about.  He runs all over the living room all by himself.  Well, I mean we are home so we make sure he doesn't hurt himself, but we don't have to hold him or keep him in the ball.  He hops all over the couch.... he is a nut!  His favorite is running all over the kind size bed.

Bizzie excited cos I gave him Hay

Bizzie on the other hand, spends half his time barking and hiding from us.  Other times he loves getting all the petting around her face he can get.  I've done some reading because Bizzie has good days and bad days.  I'm not saying he is horrible.  He is sweet, gentle, and has tons of love to give.  I see it come out often.  I just think he is going through a rough adjustment.  I'll give you her back story, that way you understand.  When baby chins are old enough to be weened from their mommies, they are roughly 8-12 weeks depending on the mom, baby, and if they have siblings in the kit. The kit is what the babies are called and generally the mommy chinchillas will give birth between 1-4 kits at a time.  Bizzie was born in April and he stayed with mommy for about 11 weeks.  Then went to this couple who thought they wanted a chinchilla.  They had him from early September and then posted her to CraigsList the first week of November.  We got Freeney on November 4th, so I immediately set search to find him a mate, that he is close to in age.  It took me about 2 weeks to find Bizzie.  I contacted his owner and told her that we would love to have him.  When the lady first told me about Bizzie, the lady thought he was a female.  So we traveled thinking we were getting Freeney a female companion. They told me she likes to be held, has her own toys, and we can get her asap.  I was so excited, we finally got to pick her up on December 11th.  Bizzie was curious about us, but definitely in shock and didn't know why he was being moved all about. We got him loaded up and home.  For the first 72 hours life had turned upside down again.  We got him home and placed him near Freeney's cage.  Boy, did they go crazy  checking each other out!  What a sight to see!  We went to feed him, give him more water,  and clean out his cage.  This would also give me a chance to see what all the toys were.  Once I opened up the cage, the entire floor bedding was soaked with urine and feces.  I honestly believe they never cleaned out the cage.  They only had Bizzie for about 3 months total.  Poor baby!! The wheel that they had for him to run, was too tiny.  It was the tiniest wheel that you can find, there was no way a chin could fit in there to run.  My hand barely fit in there.  I wasn't a very happy mommy by this point.  So I cleaned out her cage, put new bedding, food, water, took out all the broken toys, we replaced the wheel with the biggest one we had (other than Freeney's obviously).  We put her back in her own cage, because at this time we hadn't closed off the top part of Freeney's cage for him to run free in.  As I went to put Bizzie in the clean cage, this is when I realized that the 'she' we bought was actually a 'HE'. But that is ok, because this adorable chin already had my heart.  He crawled in his clean caged and loved it.  He was hopping all over excited to not be filthy.  We left him like that for about 3-4 days.  That way he'd get use to the fact that he is now officially living here with us, so he could see and smell Freeney all the time.  Then we moved her to the big cage.  I think this is where we blew his mind.  Too much change way too fast.  He is constantly back in forth in his moods.  He always runs from my boyfriend, it is hard for him to pet, catch , r do anything except clean the cage.  He does allow him to do that.  I can pet him and I always constantly talk to him.  I am sure that the couple we got her from, the man didn't like her, cos he said he tended to leave her in the garage/laundry area.  So I'm sure there's been some male drama association.  On a good note, I've been reading other blogs & chinchilla pet sites and getting/learning ideas on how to make him happier and to trust us more.  He is having behavior issues due to lots of home change in his first few months of life.  Not being handled and talked to enough in early stages of life didn't help.  With what I've been reading and trying out, so far it is working greatly!  Lots of soft gentle talking while petting his ears, cheeks, and belly.  I say "good boy Bizzie"  or "You're super sweet Bizzie" and he gets calm and reacts all gentle and soaks up all the love and kind petting.  He even comes to the door when I open it now to feed/water him and enjoys to be petted.  Now for me about 30% of the time he will still bark, run to the opposite side, or hide in the igloo or dust bath.  But it is a process... a patient process.  My boyfriend is even working on the gentle talk and being persistent with petting him and getting him out.  He follows me around the house on the occasions we get him out.  We are incorporating more out of the cage time.  I'll keep you all posted on Bizzie's journey to be more lovable, happy, and trusting.  We are adjusting him to a loving home the best we can. 

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