Thanks to the beautiful soft fur and attractive appearance chinchillas are very popular as Pets, especially kids love them.Only if you brought the animal home can be a response to stress. Unfamiliar environment causes the animal sense of danger. Instead of curiosity, he experiences fear and a desire to defend. Chinchilla can produce frightening sounds: quacking like a duck or a hoarse croaking sound. If during this period to try to pick him up, he can bite the owner. You need to give a chinchilla a few days to get used to unfamiliar surroundings, sounds, smells, people. It is best for this period to reduce the noise level in the room where is a cell, and provide the animal a darkened shelter or put the house.
Inadequate nutrition, and poor conditions also cause stress in the animal, making it aggressive.
Little chinchilla may bite because actively explores the world. To gain experience, the pet will try to tooth all unfamiliar objects, including clothing and the hand of a master. Usually biting out of curiosity chinchilla only slightly pinch the skin, so do not cause serious concern. Moreover, this behavior usually goes away as they grow older. Another natural reason for the biting is a reaction to the courting coat. In nature, chinchillas tidy skins of each other, so if you pet or comb the coat of the animal, it may bite you slightly in response.
Often chinchilla bite in the period of hormonal changes. Females are dominant therefore in estrus are particularly aggressive and irritable, focusing on the formation of pairs. Males, too, can bite, protecting his mate. Also the reason for the aggression may be to accommodate the novice chinchilla will negatively react to an unfamiliar neighbor and try to run it using the attack. Hooked newbie should be only after a preliminary acquaintance and habituation of animals to each other.
IMPORTANT: Stress and the related aggression can also be caused by internal reasons — discomfort or pain if the animal is unhealthy. So if chinchilla suddenly start biting for no apparent reason, it is better to show the animal veterinarian.
How to teach your chinchilla to bite
Some animals used to bite the master, demanding food or expressing dissatisfaction, so it is better to start to wean the pet from this method of communication. To successfully engage in the training of the chinchilla, the first thing you need to earn her trust. To do this, always check the following aspects:
- living conditions — the cage needs to be spacious and clean;
- the animal should not experience hunger or thirst;
- regularly communicate, play with a pet;
- eliminate loud sounds and noise, do not make sudden movements near the cells;
- treat the animal a treat every time when take on hands.
IMPORTANT: Trust the animal not be achieved if you can show violence. Do not hold the pet on the owner against his will. If a chinchilla shows signs of anxiety, biting your hand, pushing with the legs, it should be immediately let go.
If you are convinced that have created all the necessary conditions, and chinchilla bite force of habit or nature — start a gradual process of weaning. Every time a pet bites fingers lightly hit him on the nose or move it to the side. It will be unpleasant to the animal, and gradually he will remember that discomfort follows immediately after the aggression. If the chinchilla is small, this method will yield quick and sustainable results. To wean an adult will be more difficult, sometimes the pet will fight you for the position of leader, but patient and consistent actions in the end will affect him.
What to do with a strong bite
Chinchilla teeth long and sharp enough, so if the animal is not biting the hand for educational purposes, namely attacks — you can get a serious injury. In most cases it is safe if you treat the wound the traditional way to stop the bleeding and disinfect. Chinchilla almost never become carriers of dangerous infections, even deep bites usually heal quickly. But if the wound is very sick, there are signs of inflammation it is better to go to the doctor.
IMPORTANT: If the chinchilla had bitten to the blood — this means that the animal is very stressed, scared or in pain. In such cases it is better not to attempt to "weaning," the pet will not understand the meaning of your actions, only even more scared.