We recently lost a chinchilla (1.5 years old) out of the blue. No sign was shown that he was ill he was out playing and just collapsed, he was a weak baby and had been hand fed and reared by the breeder to survive and we put his death down to a defect from birth…. My partner and i were absolutely devastated by the death of Oreo but believed that Polo the remaining chin required a cage mate.
We always got our food and toys for the chins from a local pet shop where we always observed a little grey chin now about 8 moths old for the last 3/4 months and my girlfriend always joked we should have bought him several times. When Oreo died we had decided to get the little chin. After buying him after trying them together in the pet shop we assumed they would be fine together we paired them up in the same cage but they started to fight so split them up for their own safety.
We have been trying them in each other cages so they can adjust to each others smells etc.. and they are both having play time together and they are getting better (3 days in) I want so desperatley for them to get on, please advise the best method for them to become cage mates, and yes they are both males Polo 1.2 years old Delph (the latest addition) 10 months.
A few things.... You have to take the cage and scrub it and rub the entire cage down with rubbing alcohol. It still has the smell of the chinchilla that passed away. If you have two males you may have a hard time getting them to accept each other if ever with all that territorial / testerone running around. When we lost our other male we had to tear down and scrub the cage, then we put a wire fence in to separated the cage in 1/2. We brought a new male in and put him on one side and the female on the other. She wanted him DEAD. She HATED him but eventually after about 5 days she calmed down and slowly she accepted the new male. It may be just too soon after the death to bring a new one in but sometimes chins never accept each other especially if they are the same sex. Hopefully that won't be your case.