Chinchillas are active, intelligent animals. They are sociable and often express their feelings with sounds. And the pet can do it as alone, in the company of their kind. The reasons for this are many, from calling for communication to clarify the relationship. How to understand what the animal wants?
Males and females differ somewhat in nature and how they make sounds.
During the marriage period, the boy cries softly, while he clears the place under himself, slightly twitches his tail. So, the suitor makes it clear to the chosen one that he is ready to mate.
The female during heat may behave differently. If a lady accepts courtship, then her sounds will be soft, inviting. In case of disagreement, she sharply snorts, beeps. And in a voice note of insult are accurately traced. At the same time, a rejected cavalier may whine and squeal piteously.
The extramarital season, the male is rather tiresome and peaceful. He rarely makes noise, does not require much attention. Thirty minutes a day will be enough for the pet to be calm and quiet. The sounds that the boy makes are softly screaming, hissing, or loud, dull quacking.
Girls, by their nature, are much more active, more aggressive, they need more attention. Also, females often show a desire to communicate.
It sounds that make female individuals:
- Squeak (with many variants of intonation).
- Duck quacking.
- A sound that resembles a dog barking, etc.
Males also shout in a similar way, but they show it less often and less intensely.
While the angry female will not only squeak but bite, try to spray the “attacker” with urine.
The most common cause is stress experienced. If something is alarmed while the animal is awake, this can manifest itself in the form of bad dreams.
Chinchilla is very vulnerable, and it is frightened by harsh sounds, smells, strangers, or animals. Also, poor nutrition and lack of nutrients often cause nervous tension in the pet. And this leads to nightmares and screams.
If a pet squeaks loudly during the daytime, there are certainly reasons for this:
- The owner gives the animal too little attention.
- Pet wants to take a walk and asks to be released from the cage.
- The owner forgot to leave a treat, and the pet is strongly trying to remind you of this.
- If there is a cat in the house, the rodent could be frightened.
- Gentle whining, squealing – a signal that the animal feels unwell. Here you need to pay attention to other symptoms.
Chinchillas are considered twilight animals that are active at night. Happy pets prefer to relax.
The dream of the animal is very sensitive, so any sound or sudden movement can frighten him.
However, do not worry too much if the pet is noisy; nothing terrible happens. In most cases, the sick animal sits silently, trying to hide in the far corner of the cage.
The main reason for the night cry is boredom. After all, the dark time of day is a phase of rodent activity, and it lacks merely attention.
If the pet is lonely, then a loud squeak suggests that he needs to find a pair.
A chinchilla family at night can share a delicious slice or fight for toys.
Loud and sharp squeal, most often means fear, anxiety, pain. Sometimes the most common sounds (slamming the car door on the street) can cause a state of stress in an animal. If the pet is frightened, then his cry will be like a dog barking. In nature, a rodent, so warns the relatives of the danger.
For any owner, it is essential to understand whether the pet usually behaves. Therefore, the signals that the animal sends are of great importance.
If the animal runs and screams during the mating season, most likely it is an expression of rejection of the partner or a call for mating.
The second reason is fun. Animals often show emotions with sharp movements and squeals. In this case, you need to allow the chinchilla to frolic a little longer, after which she will tire and calm down.
This behaviour can be a sign of stress. In a state of nervousness, the pet will run aimlessly around the cage with a piercing screech. In particularly severe cases, the rodent may even try to snack on the bars of the cage. Be sure to find out the cause and take action. Perhaps the pet house should be moved to a more peaceful place.
You are running and squealing while walking is a manifestation of joy. If you pay more attention to your pet, often take it on your hands, then the animal will become more restrained. Chinchillas are emotional, any feelings (both positive and negative) they express very violently.
Sharp, shrill squeak, published by the animal – a sign of discontent. Maybe the pet lacks communication or asks for a treat. Sometimes an animal shows irritation, anger, and even joy. A similar sound during feeding is a signal of protest.
Intonation plays an important role here, and it is for her that experienced breeders determine the cause of the noise.
If the squeak is loud, piercing, it may indicate acute pain. Softer intonation is a sign of pleasure.
There are cases when a rodent not only screams but also shows other oddities. For example, it may repeatedly sneeze. It should alert the owner.
- Ingestion into the nose of a foreign body.
- Disease of the respiratory system.
If the animal has an immune response, then it will manifest additional symptoms:
- Loss of wool.
- Inflamed skin.
The first thing you need to do is clean the cage, cancel delicacies, give your pet an antihistamine. All plants should be removed from the room..
Any medicine rodent gives only after consultation with a veterinarian.
- Increased body temperature.
- Decreased activity.
- Sluggish, depressed state.
If there is a suspicion that the animal has a cold, then its home should be moved to a warmer place. In the room where the animal contains, you should regularly humidify the air. Pet is worth watering a decoction of chamomile. But, the main thing is to get a doctor’s advice and follow all his recommendations.
Chinchillas often suffer from allergies. Unsuitable food, plant pollen, toilet filler, or treat – all this can cause an immune response and manifest in the form of various symptoms.
There are many reasons why a healthy animal starts screaming and convulsing:
- Lack of vitamins of group B, microelements.
- Insufficient blood glucose (hypoglycemia).
- Back injury.
- Problems with cerebral vessels.
- Calcium indigestion.
- Heart attack.
- Epilepsy, etc.
During the attack, the animal should not be touched.
After the seizure has passed, you need to take measures:
- Pull the pet out of the cage.
- Give some kind of delicacy (a raisin or a slice of date).
- Make an injection of dexamethasone (intramuscularly), it will help the animal to return to normal.
- Soothe the pet, talk to him.
- Inspect the rodent for bruises and injuries.
- Place the animal in a quiet, warm corner.
But, all these measures in no way replace the examination by a veterinarian and medical treatment. Therefore, after an attack, you should show your pet to a doctor as soon as possible.
Chinchilla is an animal that needs a unique approach. To gain his trust, it will take time and effort. And, to understand the language, you will have to learn how to compare the behaviour and sounds made by the pet. Besides, a furry friend needs care, sensitivity, attention.