I just got him a few weeks ago, and so I understand he's still adjusting, but he really doesn't like being held. He still won't let me hold him or pick him up no matter how gentle I try to be. So trying to move him around like to clean the cage or to a play area is really annoying. And he always tries to escape when I open the cage, but won't get into my hands, he just goes around them and jumps out and then I have to chase him around the fucking house. It's really starting to piss me off.
>>2061140 And then when I do catch him to put him back in the cage, he gets all pissed and squirms and makes noises at me. He hasn't bitten me hard enough to hurt yet, but he gets all confrontational when he knows I'm trying to catch him, chirping at me and facing me aggressively to try to bluff me.
>>2061145 It sounds like you didn't do any research before getting one. No chins are pets that you observe, not hold. Look up some caresheets and make a room specifically for the chin. Let him out in that room or a puppy pin when you need to clean, then leave his cage open with food and wait for him to go back in. Also get it a fucking friend, it's not going to bond with you and will only get more scared as time goes on because its lonely and has no companion to encourage it.
I honestly suggest you just rehome it and either get a pair of rats, or a pair of guinea pigs.
>>2061148 I did do research, so just stop with the assumptions. I watched a ton of videos and read plenty of information about behavior, habits, needs, etc. If you knew anything about chinchillas, you would know that they aren't simply pets that you observe; unless you want a really lonely chinchilla. Why the fuck do you think I'm on here trying to get advice?
>>2061131 Hmmm. My friend recently got a rabbit that was hostile and distant at first. I've also heard hedgehogs are like this. I guess ting animals have awhile before they get used to you. Try talking to it softly and let it get used to your voice. Or look up how to tame a reclusive/aggressive chinchilla on YouTube.
>>2061152 That's why you get it a companion. I don't understand why it's accepted by pretty much everyone that rats are highly social and need the company of their own kind, but somehow chinchillas, which are just as highly social, don't. They live in groups of up to a hundred in the wild, of course it's not going to be okay singled out while a large predator tries to pick it up.
>>2061232 1. He's 6 years old; it would be hard for him to adjust to having another chinchilla in the cage with him at this point. 2. As long as he's provided plenty of daily social interaction and physical contact with members of the household family, he doesn't need another chinchilla to feel like part of a group.
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