Chinchillas with anti-social behaviors often engage in fur biting; however fur biting is not considered an anti-social behavior in itself.
The lack of physical and mental stimulation can also be important predisposing factors of fur biting. Ongoing conflicts between cage mates can also trigger the behavior. Some chins that are exposed to stressors can engage in fur biting as a sort of coping mechanism.
For some chins, fur biting is a chronic problem, causing them to have hair coat that appears unkempt and choppy.
In addition to specific stressors in the immediate environment of chinchillas, fur biting may also be triggered by certain health issues.
Take note that fur biting is a behavior that won’t resolve on its own. There is the need for proper intervention which should start with identifying what’s causing the problem so it can be completely eliminated from the animal’s environment. If removal is not possible, then the chin’s exposure to the trigger factor should be reduced as much as possible. For more details about your pet, Contact your local pet clinic.