I love my Chinchilla!!
His name is Henry, I have had him for about six years.When I got him he was so small and he had a broken leg and had a round spot of hair missing on the same leg that was broken. I have a friend who is an animal rehabilitationist, she takes in all kinds of hurt and injured animals. She called me up because she knows I also try to do the same, she told me she had a chinchilla, I was like what in the world is that. She explained as best she could what he looked like with he has a nose like a bat, ears somewhat like a mouse, almost the size of a rat, but he is so cute.
I was like ummm OK. So my friend brought him over and I will admit he was adorable, but I was scared of him. His owner before me was going off to collage and would be no longer able to care for him. She had him in a cage with two other male chinchillas and they did not like each other. So they fought, that is where his injury's came from.
I gave this little booger a lot of attention, that he was not used to and really was timid about. After about a week he was putting weight on his injured leg and was running in his wheel, which he broke from getting faster and faster as he healed. After about a month he soon got better and the hair grew back. He soon learned that I would not hurt him and he was the boss of his own cage. He got spoiled often with love, attention, and toys.
MY hubby and I bought him a three story cage and a big wheel to play on. He started giving me little soft bites and I thought is he trying to warn me or he don't like me, but I pulled up on the web about chinchilla's and it said if chins like you they will show affection with little bites. Well my boy LOVES ME!!
He loves to nibble on me and climb in my hair and take cookie out of my mouth. He loves to eat my homemade peanut butter cookies too.
I will put some dust in his bath house and tell him to go take a bath and he will go in and turn over and over till he is covered in dust, come out and look a me like Ok, mamma I did it! I love seeing his little paw prints when he is done.
He has grown a lot since I got him, he didn't have a name because he was
a baby, I think he was because he was so small. So I decided to name him Henry. He loves his name because he knows it and will answer if you call him, by running to you and looking up as if to to say here I am!