Just querying any forms of preventative measure for Chinchillas unquenchable urge to chew any and all inanimate objects.
Our little one Fu, while immeasurably cute and our favorite little friend, is an apartments worst nightmare. The list of things she has defaced is ever growing and doesn't look likely to stop doing so.
We've tried natural/non harmful deterrent sprays on wallpaper and linings but they were useless. Naturally, we use barriers to stop her from chewing the walls but they only last as long as her determination lets them.
Our apartment doesn't allow for any isolated free time so we can't do anything except be constantly vigilant. If anyone knows of any non-commercial or home remedies to deter our little Chilli from slowly devastating the place then we'd really appreciate the information.
I am not aware of anything that actually works. When my last chin broke his leg, the vet gave me stuff to put on his cast so that he would not chew at it. He LIKED it! If you find anything that works, please, let the rest of us know! ~Holly~
I just came upon this...have the same question actually. I have an expensive Amish made redwood chest.....and guess who loves it to death?! My little Hercules. I have gotten him from chewing the front and the top so it's not that bad by placing a thick blanket over it....but that hasn't stopped him from running underneath and chew along the legs...He is VERY persistent. As far as I know, he hasn't been able to chew through blankets....
I have gotten him from chewing the front and the top so it's not that bad by placing a thick blanket over it....but that hasn't stopped him from running underneath and chew along the legs...He is VERY persistent. As far as I know, he hasn't been able to chew through blankets....
Hahaha! They always seem to know what is forbidden fruit! I have had my barriers outwitted many times... They are little Einstein devils! XD
i let my 2 chins run in an extra room where i have my computer in, i was worried that they started chewing the power cords and get fried in , so what i did was to wrap all the cords in heavy insulation and move it out of reach of my little chewers, then behind the desk i put some old power cords there, so they can chew on that instead of live wires, then i bought some second hand furniture, a table, chairs and the like, and use those for the chins to chew on, and for the basebords i put up some thin wood on the corners and the such a foot high, so in this area my little chins can chew all they want lol, i understand my chins can chew through anything, and its not easy to watch them all the time, there just little devils who love to make mischief, so cute, but this way they can wear down there teeth and have fun chewin on old furniture which doesnt bother me, i also put some wood around mostly 1 by 4s and i got a chew cube made out of pumice that they love to chew on, my little guys i think r happy and well.
I don't advise allowing a chin to chew power cords live or not. Swallowed plastic can be dangerous. I also don't encourage the chewing of any furniture. Yes it happens but unless you know the furniture you are allowing them to freely chew on is made from a safe wood which has not been treated or varnished then personally I think it is best to discourage it as much as possible. Unless my chins are having playtime in the bathroom I will only let them out to play in another room if I can give them 100% of my eyes. No, it isn't easy to watch them all of the time but we must remember that even a room we think is chin proof has it's dangers.
I always take the better safe than sorry approach with my animals. Illness and accidents happen but if there is anything we can do to help prevent these then it is the responsible thing to do. It's great you moved those cords
yea, now if i can figure out a way to keep my chins from chewing on my door of the room they are chewing the bottom edge i guess they like the soft wood its made out of the little devils have made a mess of my door, o well i still love them
Yes it is such a problem that I occasionally consider finding another home for my Pansy. I have white baseboards and door in the bathroom I let her play in and I cover the chewed areas with whiteout but I am worried she will go back to the same place and ingest the whiteout which I am sure is poisonous. So I am unable to leave her alone in the bathroom so she doesn't get out as much as I think she needs.... She is such a friendly chin I don't think it would be hard to find her someone else and my situation in other ways is really needing me to do it but it's so hard to make that decision as I don't think I will ever be able to get another one.
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