Are Chinchillas Allergy Friendly? [Here’s the Inside Scoop]

Are Chinchillas Allergy Friendly

Sometimes when you are debating whether to get a new family pet or not, you need to know if that pet will cause allergies.

I don’t blame you in the slightest.

When it comes to owning a chinchilla, it’s no different.

For me, I have allergies that are severe with certain pets, so my question was specific.

Are chinchilla’s allergy friendly?

Here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, are chinchillas’ allergy friendly? Yes, chinchillas are allergy friendly. Chinchillas are clean rodents, shed minimally and don’t produce heavy dander due to having dense fur. Chinchillas are allergy friendly pets to own or adopt. 

Let’s give an overview of a chinchilla’s fur, cleanliness and the potential to trigger yours or another family members allergies.

Ideally, by the end of this post, you should understand what owning a chinchilla will entail for your allergies in addition to how clean chinchillas are in general.

To make life simple, I’ve created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire or need to learn more about.

I’ve also created a short video breaking down if chinchillas are allergy-friendly that you can see directly below.

Just be sure to continue reading the rest of the post. Not everything in this post is included in the video and vice versa.

Here’s what’s on the lesson plan for today:

As stated previously, feel free to use the links above to skip to any section you desire to learn more about.

Additionally, don’t forget to check out the short video for a close up of my chinchilla cage and explanation of what makes a chinchilla so allergy-friendly.

The blue linked text throughout the article will also allow you to learn more about those specific topics.

Here’s what you need to know.

More on What Makes Chinchillas Allergy-Friendly Pets to Own

Like I stated previously, chinchillas are one of the cleanest animals you can choose to adopt.

They are odorless pets to own.

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.

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.

chinchilla dust and allergies
Track Lighting Above Chinchilla Cage Only Collects Dust After Months Of Not Cleaning

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.

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.

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.

Quick Video Discussing How Allergy-Friendly Chinchillas Can Be

Directly below, I’ve made a quick video showing you my chinchilla cage, and giving you an inside look at this topic.

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.👇

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s keep it moving and have you on your way.

Chinchillas Are Clean and Very Allergy Friendly

In addition to being allergy friendly, chinchillas also take care of their hygiene on their own (for the most part).

Outside of a regular dust bath and an infrequent and occasional brushing, your chinchilla will groom themselves.

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.

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.

You can check out these fleece liners here (Link to Amazon).

If those exact fleece liners are ever out of stock, you can typically use any of the fleece liners made for rodent cages that you find on Amazon just as an FYI.

If you need further education on other options, you can also view my post on the best chinchilla bedding options here.

Parts of Owning a Chinchilla That May Cause Allergy Problems in The Future

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.

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.

Chinchillas are known to climb all over their cage so, after a full-blown dust bath, they may shake some dust off within their cage.

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.

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

chinchilla fleece liner
Fleece Liner For Your Chinchilla Cage

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.

Are Chinchillas Hypoallergenic?

No, chinchillas are not 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 due to other common items chinchillas require that may cause allergies such as dust or timothy hay.

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 it’s possible that someone with severe allergies could own and tolerate a chinchilla, other common items that a chinchilla needs such as a timothy hay and the dust chinchillas bathe in could cause allergic reactions.

Final Thoughts, Chinchillas Cause Minimal Allergies Issues

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.

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.

Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

Thanks again and we will see you next time.

 

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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