I've been allergic to my chinchilla since I first got her 7 years ago. Not her, specifically, I don't think. Just her dust, hay, and bedding. I always ignored it and took allergy meds, but in the past couple years my allergies have been getting worse and worse. I could probably just deal with it, but Brynna inherited my allergies. Despite trying different bedding, hay blocks as opposed to loose hay, and a few other things, Brynna almost always has a runny nose that I have to suction every single day. Her pediatrician wants us to try and reduce the allergens in our house, so we have been making a lot of changes. Unfortunately, one of those was finding a new home for Priscilla. :( I never thought I would get rid of one of my pets; they are like family to us. I am still pretty upset, but at least I know I tried everything I could to try and make it work. On the plus side, she will now have some chilla friends to play with. I really hope Prissy will be happy in her new home! We will miss her. ♥
Some of my favorite pics of Prissy...
Here are some pics of Prissy's family. Theodore, her mate, died a few years ago. :( They had 3 babies together; Twiggy, who was black like his mom, and then the twins, Angel and Kumquat, who were gray like their dad. The babies were all given away to good homes. :)
I will really miss having chinchillas, they are so soft and adorable! As a warning to people who hear they are hypoallergenic, that can be very misleading. Their cage often holds many allergens, even if you clean it daily. For a hypoallergenic pet, a Poodle or a similarly low-allergenic dog may be a better choice. But if you don't have allergies, chinchillas make wonderful pets. We have never had one bite. :)