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I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Clumpy » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:54 pm UTC

I mean, look at these little mofos. I firmly believe that possession and care of one or more chinchillas will help me toward my goals of long-term happiness, low blood pressure and self-actualization. Does anybody else feel the same way?

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby crickets » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:01 pm UTC

Clumpy wrote:I mean, look at these little mofos. I firmly believe that possession and care of one or more chinchillas will help me toward my goals of long-term happiness, low blood pressure and self-actualization. Does anybody else feel the same way?



If i remember correctly, while chinchillas are adorable and sweet and super fluffy, they're not exactly... /cuddly/ in that they don't like being handled. I'm not certain on that, because the last time i held a chinchilla i was twelve.

Still, they are some of the most adorable creatures i've ever encountered. You could also get a Degu! They're teeny!!

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby TaintedDeity » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:38 pm UTC

They wash themselves in sawdust.
They use dust, to wash.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Clumpy » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:They wash themselves in sawdust.
They use dust, to wash.


Yup, you have to buy Chinchilla Dust for them, and it's the cutest thing ever.

Oh, and here's one with a larger bowl.

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Cashew » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:38 am UTC

For some reason I thought you wrote chimmichonga...

Don't eat the chinchilla! (they're so cute and soft.)

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby 4=5 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:42 am UTC

Go for degu! They live in colonys.

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Turtle_ » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:43 am UTC

My friend's sister has a chinchilla. They seem like interesting pets. If you really want one you should probably get one.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby parkaboy » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:55 am UTC

They are interesting pets. I had one for a few years until he met with an untimely death. They are, if I remember, pretty easy to care for and while not cuddly are very fun to watch. Just, please, before you buy ANY pet do thorough research and if you can avoid it DO NOT EVER EVER EVER buy from Petco/Petsmart/Large-horrible-chain-petstore-that-gets-their-animals-from-factory-farms-and-unwittingly-treats-them-like-shit. Breeders are not hard to find online =]

Also: beware of raisin begging. When in the presence of raisins, especially yogurt covered raisin, Chinchillas can go from vomitingly cute, to oh jesus my heart just stopped goddamn motherfucking adorable. But too many will cause digestive issues and smelllllly poops.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby poxic » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:23 am UTC

I want a pika. (No, not the bright yellow cartoony kind.) They don't seem very domesticable, though, and I've heard they can't handle temperatures above about 70F. (They live on mountains.)

But the noises they make! Eee! Eee! Eee! Eee! (with David Attenborough goodness!)
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Sasha » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:04 am UTC

Me, I like guinea pigs.
To the point of custom-building a pen for them. It's carpeted. We change it out once a month.
Guinea pigs are incredibly social. Ours have been raised out in the open since birth.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Bananna » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:18 pm UTC

We got up to owning 11 guinea pigs at one time in our family. Baby guineas are so cute. They're born fully formed with their eyes open, but you can fit an entire litter in the palm of your hand.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Splendid » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:48 pm UTC

Sheesh. Just did some research on them and these guys are PICKY.

- Can't be in temps > 75 F
- Can't be given "only" tap water
- Shouldn't be handled by children because of fragile bones
- Small holes are needed in cage wire because their feet will get caught and break
- Dust baths

And the best:
- Regular "hair ring" checks, which means you have to make sure hair rings aren't around their penis cutting off circulation, which apparently is common and very dangerous to them
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 am UTC

Chinchillas are unbelievably soft and fluffy and adorable. I see no problems with the plan to get one. It will also give you +1 in attractiveness to women.
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby LinuxPenguin » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:39 am UTC

poxic wrote:I want a pika. (No, not the bright yellow cartoony kind.) They don't seem very domesticable, though, and I've heard they can't handle temperatures above about 70F. (They live on mountains.)

But the noises they make! Eee! Eee! Eee! Eee! (with David Attenborough goodness!)




d'aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! That is quite possibly the cutest thing i've seen all week!
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby BMW787 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:52 am UTC

They also have opposable thumbs. My cousin had one and he gave it one of those plastic swords to put in drinks and it grabbed it like a real sword and ran around the room holding it out. I'll have to see if he still has the picture. it was the coolest thing ever
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Clumpy » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:37 am UTC

Maybe I'll divert my interests. I don't want a pet whose penile security I have to worry about.

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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Shadic » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:14 am UTC

The contrary is true from my experience - Chinchillas can be quite hardy.

My Sister's fell from a banister down an entire floor (Over 12 feet,) landed on tile flooring, and survived without even a hospital visit. It was a very traumatic experience, especially because I was mostly at fault. (Sucker jumped out of my arms and made a run for it.) I'm sure part of the reason he did so well is because their legs are made for jumping, they can hop pretty damn high. (According to Wikipedia, up to 5 feet!)

Plus, those fuckers are cute:
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Re: I want a frickin' chinchilla dagnabbit!

Postby Zeroignite » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:40 am UTC

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