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View Poll Results: Do you advocate the use of death balls?
Yes, I do use them and recommend them. 3 1.51%
No, I do not use them and would never torture a chin in that way. 188 94.47%
I have no opinion one way or another. 8 4.02%
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:14 PM Jolly Roger
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I put Polo in a giant ball before I knew better. Since he likes to jump and hop and wall surf he ended up not moving the ball very far and just sat there looking miserable. I then took him out and let him play the way a chinchilla is supposed to play. Now that I have done more research I would never put a chin in a ball like that.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:19 PM United States
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It confuses me that people would even think that chins would like this ball when they're creatures that like to hop and wall surf and popcorn. They can do none of the above in those stupid balls. They should be able to enjoy themselves, plus the death balls are incredibly dangerous for chins, obviously. I think people are just lazy and don't want to watch their pets while they play. Maybe they should consider not owning chins then, hmmm.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:19 PM United States
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At the rescue we get about 30 death balls of various sizes donated every year. They get smashed and trashed.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:22 PM United States
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Chub_chub...otherwise known as Rochelle uses hers to weigh her chins. I guess that would be one of the only acceptable uses.

They're just not good for anything...except for restraining natural movement.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:26 PM United States
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I personally don't like them for any animal, I see no point of a living thing being put in a ball to roll around, pee and poo on themselves and crash into things.

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:29 PM Canada
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We figured after letting our first chin play in a ball that she didn't like it, and it promptly ended up in the back of the closet...
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:37 PM United States
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In addition to all of the safety issues mentioned above (which are the most important reasons not to use the death ball obviously), cleaning a pee caked chin and plastic ball would be disgusting.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:41 PM United States
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Yep, both of my CL boys came with a ball each. We threw one away and kept the second one to weigh them in. I couldn't think of any other way to keep them from hopping out of the tub on the scale. So they spend just a minute or so in there each to be weighed only.
Poor Ziggy actually only got playtime in that last home in his deathball... He was left to run around for who knows how long, with other animals all around him. The person we got him from said their dogs liked to jump on the death ball while he was in it . No wonder he was eating his fur and looking miserable the day we came to get him.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:43 PM
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Maybe we should just forward this link to PETA and let them run with it!!

I agree that they're unsafe for ANY animal - but, unfortunatly, we can't do much but spread the word, and are the majority of people going to listen?

Peta may go after the manufacturers!
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:16 PM United States
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I completely agree with the term "Death Ball".

As a new owner, ignorant of the existence of the forums, I was talked into getting one for Mr. Whiskers by the pet store.

After seeing that he ended up getting poos stuck on his fur and also getting wet from the urine that sloshed around, I threw mine OUT!!!

How can you even THINK that a contraption like that is good for a chinchilla???
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