•Another Neglected Animal•
This dust bath was the first bath this little chinchilla has had in months. An essential part of his well being that he had been deprived of.
Earlier this week I welcomed this tiny light to our home. Someone had alerted me to an ad online that his owner had posted stating “Rehoming Chinchilla. Kids don’t play with him anymore”. I wasn’t planning on taking him in, but after talking with the man I could tell that he wasn’t exactly looking for anything specific in a home, just whoever came first. The person then sent me a video of the chinchilla in his cage. A grated floor and a water bottle was all he had. No toys, no hides, nothing. After seeing that I decided to take him.
I met with the owner the next day to pick up the chinchilla. I had asked over the phone if he could bring whatever food he had been feeding him since chinchillas have sensitive stomachs and I didn’t want to immediately switch his entire diet. The man handed me the chinchilla in a box and then handed me a box of hamster food... Chinchillas eat mainly hay, and their stomachs aren’t made to eat the seeds, corn, and brightly colored pellets in hamster food. This poor being not only had nothing that he needed to be comfortable or happy, but also wasn’t even being fed a decent meal.
The family only had the chin a few months, I took the time to educate on what the animal really needed and to do a little more research if they planned to get anymore animals.
As of right now he doesn’t seem to be in the best health. He has been urinating blood, coughing, and shedding quite a bit. He will be examined by our vet on Friday. He’s incredibly sweet and once he’s healthy we will begin looking for his forever home, that is if I can keep myself from getting too attached.
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