Forever Feisty Chinchilla Rescue Inc.

Mourning the Loss of Your Chinchilla

There is nothing that can be written to truly comfort you in times of the loss of your beloved chinchilla. I know; I've been there. These little critters impact our lives, and our time with them is never long enough. Chinchillas are angels with fur, and they leave their paw prints on our hearts forever.

When one of a bonded pair passes away, what should you do? Chinchillas (and all animals) do mourn when a companion has died. Your chin may be quiet, not eat and show signs of depression. Spending extra time with him will really help him through this time. If you consider getting another chinchilla companion for him, give it some serious thought. I have found that when a chin has been paired, they will often accept another chin as a friend. However, I have had a couple of times when they would not. You also have to consider that a slow introduction is always necessary, especially since your current chin will have been with you for some time, and he may not want to share you or his cage with a new chin.

These links may help you through this difficult time:

Rainbow Bridge

Pet Loss Grief Support

Fragile Circle
We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle,
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan.

Irving Townsend

Just A Loan
An angel came to me one day,
A ball of fur in hand.
The angel gave the ball to me,
As we stood there in the sand.
She said to me, "It's just a loan,
For only a short time."
She told me she would return one day,
For the ball of fur wasn't mine.
I looked down at that ball of fur,
Two eyes stared back at me.
I fell in love upon that day,
As I held it close to me,
Time went by and my love grew,
As close friends we became.
Then I hugged that ball of fur,
Life was never again the same.
No matter where I found myself,
My friend would be there, too.
Then one day the angel came,
I didn't know what to do.
She said that now the time had come,
To take my friend back home.
I watched her leave with tear filled eyes,
As I remembered "It's just a loan."

Hoyt Northcutt