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[–] level_101 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Dont get one as a pet if you dont do the research first. Here are some thoughts.

They can be awesome, some are biters (and they bite HARD). Its a personality thing.

They are rodents so their teeth never stop growing and they need chew toys and wood to nibble on. They cannot be allowed to run around the house un-attended.

They poop everywhere.. and a LOT. Its not smelly though, their diet is pretty much fiber only.

Not all of them will be happy to snuggle and will run from you. They are crazy fast and agile so catching them can be very interesting.

They are mostly nocturnal so they will be more active in the evening or night.

As said by /u/a_fucking_dude they need it to be cool. If you are living in a hot area you will need to get AC or run it more often. They can get heatstroke very easily.

They can get sick without you knowing. Cancer is a problem that you might not catch until its too late. Its very sad but because of their nature they wont show obvious signs that they are having problems. Even a good vet that knows them well will miss the signs.

Otherwise they are super cute and loving. They can be trained and most of them are very playful.

[–] a_fucking_dude 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They can be awesome, some are biters (and they bite HARD). Its a personality thing.

The male is super docile and friendly. The female tends to be more rebellious. Nobody has ever been bitten.

They poop everywhere.. and a LOT.

Pellets. Even less troublesome than rabbit poop. No smell whatsoever, and it's probably good fertilizer.

Not all of them will be happy to snuggle and will run from you. They are crazy fast and agile so catching them can be very interesting.

Already discussed. The female is troublesome that way.

As said by /u/a_fucking_dude they need it to be cool. If you are living in a hot area you will need to get AC or run it more often.

True. They keep the AC at 72, even when they are away from the house for extended periods. We live in an area where it is commonly in the upper 90s this time of year. Heat index frequently well above 100, so that shit ain't cheap. They have a "chilla" stone which goes in the freezer for a few hours, then it goes in the cage. Chins love it.

Don't know about cancer and all that. I know my 8-yr-old granddaughter wanted one, so my daughter got her a pair which was formerly a class pet. She loves them.

[–] level_101 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Just relaying my experiences.

I have had a chin that passed from cancer as well as a friend that had the same thing happen.

Sadly this seems to be linked to breeding farms (He was a rescue, we didnt know their full history).

Since you didnt know about the cancer you have probably been lucky (the symptoms dont show up until the very end, usually lasting 24 hours or less. One day, happy and springy.. the next, lethargic and barely able to move.. gone by the end of the day).

Still, it might be worth getting the little ones checked out for the granddaughters sake. Its really good to hear that they got a pair. They are very social.

Unfortunately this will require sedation an xrays.. which is very dangerous for animals so small (mostly the sedation).

I am just passing on my experience. The little fuzz was loving and not a biter. Not all are like that. It took months to get them used to being handled and accepting (as I said, a rescue).