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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Rabbits and Chinchillas
Last Post by LBJ10 at 11/11/2012 1:47 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline xnovalentine
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11/11/2012 10:42 AM

So, I met a sweet little chinchilla and fell and love. I am considering adopting a chinchilla from a rescue. I haven't made the final decision yet. I have had lullabelle for 5 years now (shes a 11lb californian). She's been strickly solo. She gets along with cats and dogs alike, but for the most part it's just been me and her She's free roam. Her cage is just her litter box and intact to hold her water bottle. So I am considering bringing a chinchilla home and was wondering if anyone has any experience with rabbits and chinchillas together. I have scanned over some of the chinchilla books that i've come across and they seem to be okay with rabbits. However, when I googled about it I've found mixed reviews on the matter. Somewhere i read that rabbits carry a bacteria or virus or something of the sort that can harm chinchillas (though i'm sure I can have lullabelle checked for this before bringing a chinchilla into the family), and that some rabbits may be aggressive and harm them (lullabelle just wants to play with everything). Do any of you have experience with mixing the two and what are your honest opinions on the matter? 

User is Offline Sarita
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11/11/2012 11:21 AM
Not to cage together - no. Chinchilla's are climbers and really they do not "speak" each others languages. I think it would stress Lullabelle out more than find comfort with a companion.

Also chinchillas need a totally different type of habitat than a rabbit.

I've only seen chinchilla's at a small animal rescue I volunteered at and seeing how different they are I know my rabbits would not be happy living in the same environment as a chinchilla.

User is Offline Stickerbunny
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11/11/2012 12:29 PM
Chins can be very fragile and bones easily broken is roughly handled. I've seen my rabbits actually do binkies on top of each other, which wouldn't be good for a chin. Also, chins need "dust baths" which, if a rabbit ingested the dust could cause a blockage. There are some bacterias that can be cross transmitted so you'd want both tested. And with different dietary requirements you'd want to keep their foods separate. Chins are also not as easy to litter train. Housed apart they are fine in the same house if you do your health checks, but you probably don't want to let them play together.

User is Offline LBJ10
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11/11/2012 1:47 PM
Stickerbunny is right about the transmission of bacteria. Pasteurella is deadly to chins. Sometimes rabbits can have it with no symptoms.
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