It’s a valid concern to wonder if chinchillas are hypoallergenic and allergy-friendly or not before deciding if you should adopt a chinchilla.
Especially if you are like me and you have allergies that are easily agitated by pets. It led me to a specific question.
Are chinchilla’s hypoallergenic?
I have been raising a chinchilla for 5 years now and here is what I can tell you on this topic.
Chinchillas are hypoallergenic. Chinchillas produce minimal to no dander producing minimal allergies for individuals who adopt chinchillas as domestic pets. Chinchillas are not considered non-allergenic because it is possible that someone with severe allergies will still experience some allergies with chinchillas.
It is important to understand that there is a significant difference between hypoallergenic and non-allergenic pets.
Do not worry, I plan to cover everything you need to know about chinchillas and allergies in this brief post.
Let’s give an overview of a chinchilla’s fur, cleanliness, and the potential to trigger yours or other family member allergies.
Ideally, by the end of this post, you should understand what owning a chinchilla will entail for your allergies in addition to how to clean chinchillas are in general.
I’ve also created a short video breaking down if chinchillas are hypoallergenic and allergy-friendly that you can see directly below.
Here’s how I intend on breaking down what you can expect when it comes to chinchillas and allergies issues you may encounter:
- Are Chinchillas Hypoallergenic?
- Video: If Chinchillas Are Hypoallergenic and If Chinchinchillas Are Allergy Friendly
- Chinchillas Are Very Allergy Friendly
- Aspects of Owning a Chinchilla That May Cause Allergy Problems
- Frequently Asked Questions About Chinchillas Being Hypoallergenic and Allergy Friendly
- Chinchillas Are As Close To Hypoallergenic As It Gets For A New Pet
Are Chinchillas Hypoallergenic?
Again, before getting too deep into this post, it is important to realize that you have a difference between hypoallergenic and non-allergenic pets, and a chinchilla is considered hypoallergenic.
A chinchillas dense fur causes chinchillas to produce minimal dander and shedding.
This does not mean that an individual with severe allergies won’t experience any allergies from a chinchilla.
Since a chinchilla is considered hypoallergenic, allergies for someone with “severe-allergies” may be caused by the minimal dander a chinchilla produces or secondary factors that come with owning a chinchilla.
When I reference secondary causes of allergies from owning a chinchilla, I am referring to the dust baths that chinchillas take or the timothy hay that chinchillas eat (more on this later with solutions)
In general, unless you have very severe allergies, you can count on a chinchilla not causing you any issues with your allergies.
I happen to have severe allergies to pets and my chinchilla causes me absolutely no problems at all which is how I am so comfortable making the statement that chinchillas are 100% hypoallergenic.
I have even been in the hospital before due to an allergic reaction when I was teenager from petting a horse so to say my allergies are severe may even be an understatement.
Again, I have owned a chinchilla for 5 years and have absolutely zero issues with allergies.
Chinchillas Are Also Allergy-Friendly Because They Are Very Clean
Chinchillas are one of the cleanest animals you can choose to adopt which is a clear bonus when it comes to stressing over allergies before the adoption.
They are odorless for the most part and you do not have to worry about a chinchilla producing any smell.
Not to mention the fact that they are very easy to take care of for the most part.
More importantly, they are not heavy shedding animals which is one of the primary reasons they can be classified as hypoallergenic.
They produce minimal dander which in turn, makes them extremely allergy-friendly.
It’s been debated by individuals with the most severe allergies if chinchillas are considered hypoallergenic due to their dense fur (more on this later).
A chinchilla will typically shed very lightly during significant season changes but compared to other animals, it’s very minimal.
For example, my chinchilla is in my basement in the Critter Nation 2 Cage.
As a side note, the Critter Nation Dual Level Cage is by far the superior option for a new chinchilla owner due to size, durability, and comfort for your chinchilla.
It’s currently the cage I use and helps immensely if you opt to purchase fleece liners which can further reduce allergies when it comes to owning a chinchilla.
I use the Piggy Bed Spread Fleece Liners (Link to Amazon).
These are fantastic for reducing allergies even further due to not needing to use any chinchilla bedding going forward.
Not to mention, they save you money in the long run.
You can check out the Critter Nation Cage yourself here (Link to Amazon)
You can also read my full review of the Critter Nation 2 cage here.
And finally, if you need further recommendations on chinchilla cage options, you can read my full guide on choosing the best chinchilla cage here.
Above her cage currently, she has a black lighting track installed into the basement ceilings.
After a couple of months without cleaning the track lights, I’ll find a slight amount of dust above her cage.
The shedding and dander she produces are almost non-existent, thus, reducing allergies in general.
This is entirely different than what my dog produces without cleaning the hair he releases around the house daily.
Chinchillas don’t produce hair everywhere floating around as other animals will with their shedding which is a huge benefit for those of you with allergies.
It’s more of light dust covering a dark surface.
This is also only if you literally don’t clean the surfaces near the cage frequently.
If you were to clean the areas around the cage regularly such as monthly, you would probably have no physical signs a chinchilla was even in the home.
No odor, no fur is laying around.
It’s amazing when I really break down and reflect on how clean my chinchilla is.
Video: If Chinchillas Are Hypoallergenic and If Chinchinchillas Are Allergy Friendly
Directly below, I’ve made a quick video showing you how clean chinchillas are and breaking down the topic of a chinchilla being hypoallergenic and allergy-friendly.
Just be sure to continue reading the remainder of this post due to all of the content not being contained in the video.
Not to mention, I still have other great tips and tricks you can implement with your chinchilla to reduce allergies even further for those of you who have extreme allergies in general.
Here’s that video for you.👇
Chinchillas Are Very Allergy Friendly
In addition to being allergy friendly, chinchillas also take care of their hygiene on their own (for the most part).
This is part of the reason you don’t notice any dander or other flaky skin and fur substance that can begin sending your allergies into overdrive.
When it comes to deciding if you should adopt a chinchilla due to the potential of allergies, I would say with 100% confidence that you will have no issues.
Consider Fleece Liners To Reduce Allergies Even Further
Fleece liners are my secret weapon with owning a chinchilla for so many reasons.
First, they just look a ton better inside of the cage.
They remain clean longer, they eliminate your need to ever purchase bedding/shavings again and they are more comfortable for your chinchilla in general.
Here’s the best part.
If you have no more shavings falling out of the cage or collecting urine under the wire bottom cage, your allergies should become even more minimal. 😁
I can’t say enough good things about these liners.
I used regular shavings for about 2 weeks, made the switch, and ultimately ended up purchasing 3 sets of these.
Don’t stress, one set will do just fine for years.
I just liked having the backups.
If you need further education on other options, you can also view my post on the best chinchilla bedding options here.
Aspects of Owning a Chinchilla That May Cause Allergy Problems
Although the chinchillas themselves aren’t going to send your allergies into overdrive, there are a few considerations to keep in mind with chinchillas that may cause your allergies to act up.
With chinchillas, it’s likely going to come down to one of 3 things that may cause some allergies issues.
Problem #1-Chinchilla Dust for Dust Baths
Chinchillas use specialized dust to roll around in a container or even Tupperware to clean their fur.
This allows them to remove oils from their fur and to stay clean.
Not to mention, they absolutely love it.
Assuming you have something such as bad allergies or even asthma, it’s possible that being close to the dust or even allowing the dust to collect around the chinchilla cage may cause allergies or impact something such as asthma.
You can read about the best chinchilla dust to use for your chinchilla here.
You can also learn how to give a chinchilla a dust bath here.
The Solution to This Allergy Problem
An easy solution to this problem is to keep a small distance between you and your chinchilla during the dust bath time.
Chinchilla takes these dust baths 2-3 times per week.
Just sit a few feet back.
Also, be sure always to clean your chinchilla cage on a regular basis.
Allowing the dust to collect and settle could begin to activate your allergies.
Problem #2- Chinchillas Eat Timothy Hay, It’s a Primary Food Source in Their Diet
Timothy hay could be reason number two that you may experience some allergies issues with owning a chinchilla.
Chinchillas consume timothy hay and pellets.
This is the primary source of food with owning a chinchilla.
Some individuals struggle with the allergies that the hay can produce.
This doesn’t necessarily have an excellent remedy.
The only thing I can even begin to think that may help would be to ensure the chinchilla’s cage is always clean and to wear a mask when filling your chinchilla’s hay feeder which attaches to the side of the cage.
You could also consider using hay cubes instead of loose hay as I do currently for my chinchilla.
I use these specific hay cubes here (Link to Amazon)
This will reduce loose hay in the cage and around the cage which can help with allergies.
Not to mention, they are great for chinchillas and allow them to file down their teeth.
Timothy hay is essential and carries minerals and crucial dietary needs for your chinchilla, so it’s imperative that it’s offered permanently.
Problem #3- Urine Soaked Aspen Shavings May Cause Allergies
Some individuals do report that urine-soaked shavings can create an odor if not cleaned in a timely manner.
This may be the third source of potential allergies being triggered by your chinchilla.
An excellent remedy for this would be to clean the bedding and cage regularly, or you can opt to use a set up like mine.
My set up contains custom made fleece covers and no shavings that I mentioned previously.
These are a huge lifesaver in many ways.
I’ve also placed a small litter pan in my chinchilla’s cage that allows her a spot to pee.
I’m still working through the potty-training process currently, but this would be an excellent way for you to reduce the allergies produced by this problem.
You can read about the best litter to use for your chinchilla here.
I also don’t see this being an ongoing issue if you remain diligent with your cleanings on the cage regardless of if you use the fleece covering.
Frequently Related Questions About Chinchillas Being Hypoallergenic and Allergy Friendly
Can You Purchase Hypoallergenic Chinchilla Dust?
No. Chinchilla dust is created explicitly for chinchilla bathing and is made of 100% natural volcanic mountain pumice. It’s specifically designed to pull oils and dander from your chinchilla’s fur and is essential to your chinchilla’s hygiene and overall health. Hypoallergenic dust for chinchillas is not an option.
Can You Be Allergic To Chinchillas?
Yes, you can be allergic to chinchillas. Although chinchillas are considered hypoallergenic, it’s possible that someone with severe allergies could have allergies with chinchillas. own and tolerate a chinchilla.
Chinchillas Are As Close To Hypoallergenic As It Gets For A New Pet
In my opinion, if you are looking for a hypoallergenic pet, a chinchilla is one of the best options you can consider.
While they are not considered non-allergenic, they are as close to gets to a clean family pet that will produce little to no allergies.
Overall, chinchillas should do very little to your allergies if anything at all, but it is possible that the dust, urine-soaked shavings, or timothy hay could cause some slight allergy irritation.
With regular cage cleanings and proper precautions, a chinchilla should be one of the best pets you could consider adopting.
Remember, as I stated earlier in this post, my allergies to animals are severe.
My chinchilla has caused absolutely no issues for me and we have been together for two years and counting.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla and hope the allergies work out as good for you as they did for me.
I’d Love To Hear Your Feedback On This Topic
Does your chinchilla cause any allergy problems for you or other family members?
Be sure to share your thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today and we will see you again next time.