Sure, Jamie! We have sponsorships, you get a photo and a letter telling what we know of the chinchilla's life before he or she came here, and then what we are doing to work on their issues. And a holiday card in winter.
Thanks Ilka! She is a lot happier, I think. She eats her hay very well now, and chews up everything I give her to chew. She's already bigger, we have to get a weight on her to see how much she has gained.
And thanks Charlie! She really does have that spark in her eye still, and I'm so glad she could come here where she'll be respected and safe for life. I'm glad she is such a fighter.
Thank you Ali! Honey is a sweet girl, she's got such a great personality and such a wonderful spark!
I have great news! Honey is no longer drooling. She eats her hay pretty well (better than about half the chins here, lol), and always eats all her pellets, including the Beaphar/Kaytee extruded ones! She comes to greet me when I walk into the room, and she loves to visit with me frequently. Honey takes treats from us, she is very good about eating her TUMS and other things.
Also, Honey has started to chew on her hanging toys! I mean, the wood on them, not counting the bagel bites. She has been great at chewing on loose sticks I give her, but for some reason, the hanging toys have been basically untouched until just recently.
She has gained a great amount of weight, and her mats are slowly working their way out. She's quite fluffy on the top of her head and to her shoulders, even to her waist.
Here is our lovely Honey, 6 weeks after she was surrendered:
(She insists on posing on her bath house)
As you can probably imagine, we're thrilled with her progress so far! She has gained about 150 grams. Such a li'l chubs!
Last Edit: Aug 2, 2011 1:22:01 GMT -5 by narnibird
Crysta, I had to order it off Drs Foster and Smith. You have to mix the guinea pig and rabbit in about a 50-50 mixture to make sure all the nutritional needs of a chinchilla are met. It is about 90% accepted here by the chins, after only a few days of feeding it.
Jamie, extruded food is extra hard, and it wears down a chin's teeth (and that helps to reverse root overgrowth). It's very good for chins who don't like to eat hay, but also if you have a chin who crumbles pellets, this is the first switch I would make, is to this food. Here, it is Kaytee Exact Guinea Pig and Kaytee Exact Rabbit. In Europe it is Beaphar Xtra Vital Care Plus for Chinchllas and Science Selective for Chinchillas.
Post by charliebunny1 on Aug 2, 2011 18:24:20 GMT -5
my boys are now on a mix of pellets and the extruded stuff (science selective) and eventually will be on only science selective and they pick it out of their normal pellets and leave the old stuff lol. they seem to know it is better