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My recently adopted chinchilla (either him or his feces, cant

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My recently adopted chinchilla (either him or his feces, can't tell) have been giving off a faint but distinct odor that can be smelled when entering my apartment. It fades quickly, and his feces do not smell very bad upon close inspection, but since this is my first chinchilla I am unsure if this is a smell I should worry about or if it is typical?
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I believe you're referring to the odor similar to scorched almonds that arises from the secretions from glands inside the anus. Although chinchillas are virtually odorless, one author has reported that frightened animals produce these secretions. It shouldn't be considered a symptom of illness but you might ponder why your chinchilla may be becoming frightened in your absence.

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