Having decided to have a furry rodent as a pet, many people worry if this is safe. With long and sharp teeth, the chinchilla bites quite often. The bite of the animal can be strong and painful, so the owner needs to know how to properly treat the wound and what measures to take to wean the animal from this habit.
Reasons why a chinchilla can bite
The main reasons chinchillas bite are:
- Addiction to an unfamiliar habitat. In stressful situations, mammals often show aggression. A change of scenery, a new owner, unusual living conditions can awaken natural reflexes in an animal. Individuals of this species tend to distrust the little-known environment, so they need time to adapt. The animal needs 2-3 days to get used to a new place.
- Childhood. The young are actively exploring the world around them, light nibbles are part of this study.
- Uncomfortable conditions of detention, the presence of diseases or dissatisfaction with the neighborhood with another representative of the species. If the rodent bites, perhaps by this action it shows dissatisfaction with the food, cage, and other conditions. Also, the animal can attack in case of hunger or feeling sick. Sometimes owners have several pets at once and put them together in an aviary. It is extremely rare that this annoys animals; they begin to express their dissatisfaction with fights and bites.
- The mating period and the hormonal cycle of the female. In the mating season, males protect their territory and females, so attempts to pick them up can result in an attack on the owner. During hormonal changes, female individuals are aggressive and irritable, therefore it is better to leave them alone until the pair is formed.
- An accident. Sometimes, while feeding or playing, a chinchilla bites a person’s fingers by accident.
- Bad character or revenge. Some individuals are aggressive from birth, they can bite for no reason. Therefore, it is important for the owner to timely correct this behavior. If a chinchilla attacks a person, this indicates that he offended her with something (for example, untimely fed or poorly looked after).
Biting domestic rodents can be affectionate and playful. In this case, they do not cause pain. The animal does not accompany such actions with abrupt movements and warning menacing sounds, but, on the contrary, fawns on the person, sniffs and licks his fingers, closes his eyes with pleasure.
What to do after a bite?
Light chinchilla bites are safe.
If the pet has bitten before the blood, it is necessary to treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide or another disinfectant, stop the bleeding and seal the damaged area with a band-aid. When the bite does not drag on for a long time, becomes inflamed, persecutes and hurts, a person should seek help from a medical facility. In this case, the doctor prescribes tests, the results of which determine the further treatment.
How to wean bite?
To wean a chinchilla from biting, the owner must create the most comfortable living and living conditions for her and ensure that the following attributes are present:
- Spacious cell;
- Quiet, relaxed atmosphere;
- Tasty, nutritious food, clean drinking water;
- Interesting toys.
When the animal has mastered and feels safe, a person can gradually accustom him to his hands and train him. To do this, you need to regularly communicate with the chinchilla, pick it up for 2-3 minutes, play, offer various goodies. Poking your hand into the cage, you should treat the animal with something tasty.
When the rodent makes poor contact, do not pick it up or hold it by force. It is better to postpone training and not bother the pet. If the animal cannot wean for a long time from biting, after each attack you need to gently hit it on the nose. In addition, after the manifestation of aggression, it is impossible to give the animal a treat, to stroke him by the hair, to lick and gently treat.
Cubs quickly wean from aggressive behavior and begin to trust the owner. Training of adults is a long process that requires patience, consistent actions and perseverance from a person.
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