Fur Chewing

Fur chewing, like malocclusion, tends to be hereditary, but it can also have an environmental influence. This is another trait that should never be found in a breeding animal. Fur chewers will chew their own fur either constantly, or at intervals, regrowing it completely in between. They usually chew the fur off of their hips and sides, about half-way down the length of the hair. They will also chew the fur of other chinchillas and their offspring. Chewers tend to produce chewers, more after than not. Chewers often turn out to be maloccluders, and vice verse. If you are breeding chinchillas, you don't even want chewers in the same room as your other chinchillas. There are a few incidents when an uncomfortable pregnant female will chew at her side, but this behavior should be evaluated carefully if she is to be retained for breeding.

Fur chewing must be evaluated on a case by case basis, as it can also be the fault of poor husbandry or feed, caused by the current owner.

 

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