Are Chinchillas Friendly? [Way More Than You May Believe]

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Chinchillas make for one of the best-domesticated pets a family can have.

They can be great for most kids and most chinchilla owners will tell you how much they love their furry babies.

Chinchillas also have many unique characteristics and behavior patterns that set them apart from other pets we may be familiar with.

If you are considering purchasing a chinchilla, it’s important to know all the facts before deciding.

One of the questions that I had, in the beginning, was extremely simple. Are chinchillas friendly?

After owning my chinchilla for quite some time now, here is what I can tell you on this subject.

So, are chinchillas friendly? Yes, chinchillas are extremely friendly. Chinchillas love social interaction and want attention. They grow to love their owner and love time interacting not only with you but other chinchillas and family members. Chinchillas are an affectionate friendly small pet.

I’m sure you have more questions than that and want to know some more about how friendly chinchillas really can be or how loving they can be towards their owners.

If you stick around for 1-2 minutes, I’m going to break down some more fun facts about chinchillas and their friendly nature and friendly behaviors to ensure we cover everything.

Let’s get started.

Chinchillas Are Extremely Friendly and Bond With Their Owners

Although chinchillas are very friendly, they are also unique with several characteristics and behaviors they display.

All angles need to be covered and discussed before taking the leap of faith to purchase and care for a chinchilla.

They do live for a long time.

Up to 15-20 years with proper care, so it is a big commitment and responsibility.

Chinchillas can make a perfect pet under the right circumstances and can be extremely friendly.

On the other end of the spectrum, they can also be very shy and not enjoy being touched, poked or prodded by strangers.

This goes for holding the chinchilla as well.

Not all chinchillas enjoy being held but many do.

We talk about this a lot in other blog posts.

Chinchillas are heavily preyed upon in the wild.

They are naturally prone to run away from danger and can often even try to elude you.

It’s nothing personal and doesn’t mean they are not friendly and that they do not love you.

It’s easy for a chinchilla to become severely frightened by unwanted noise or unwelcomed touches.

Especially during the first weeks of having them in your new home and away from what they have grown accustomed to.

Don’t worry however, chinchillas adapt to their new environment very quickly.

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My Chinchilla Is Extremely Friendly. This is Her Sitting on My Leg Relaxing and Allowing Me To Pet Her For Several Minute.

Attachment to Owners or Other Family Members with Chinchillas

Building a bond with your chinchilla is a slow process in the beginning.

However, taking things easy and slow is one sure-fire way to have a very loving, friendly and attached chinchilla.

Especially towards the primary caregiver and owner as they begin to recognize you.

Chinchillas in the first few weeks of being acclimated to a new home aren’t designed to do a whole lot of anything except getting used to sounds, smells, and visuals around the house in the room where you decide to keep them.

Allow them to sit in their cage, get used to sounds and sights and temperatures in the room where they will live before trying to build that friendship that will last forever.

Your chinchilla will thank you for this later.

Just remember, patience is key when adopting or caring for a chinchilla.

If you can show patience, the bond between you and your chinchilla will grow and prosper.

Common Chinchilla Behavior and Temperament

Chinchillas, if you take our advice and exercise patience you will be on the right path towards building the bond and your chinchilla will grow into a very tame, controlled and loving pet with a deep affection toward their owners.

Chinchillas can do just fine with other chinchillas in their habitat or in most circumstances.

Some chinchillas will even interact with other animals in the home as long it’s under calm and tame conditions.

Are Chinchillas Mean?

Chinchillas aren’t mean animals and don’t use any intimidating behavior to display that they may be ready to bite or hurt an individual or another animal.

You can read my post about if chinchillas are mean here.

Additionally, you can read my post about if chinchillas bite here.

Remember, chinchillas are the hunted, not the hunters in their natural habitat so a chinchilla is programmed to flee and run for safety.

Not fight or display non-friendly characteristics although it could be possible if provoked in the wrong manner.

This could include attempting to hold a chinchilla when they don’t like being held.

Do Chinchillas Display Friendly Habits?

The most un-friendly and unwelcomed behavior a chinchilla may display is the act of waking you at odd hours due to being crepuscular.

This only means that they are the most active at dusk and dawn.

For those of you who don’t like an early morning wake up call, it’s best to have a separate sleeping room for your chinchilla.

In some situations, a female chinchilla may also spray urine if they are extremely scared or attempting to tell you to back off.

Additionally, chinchillas are known to slip their fur when they are terrified as well.

This is another defense mechanism chinchillas use in the wild to escape predators.

It’s a form of chinchilla shedding and it’s where an entire clump of hair will release from your chinchilla.

Don’t worry your chinchilla’s hair will grow back quickly and it’s completely normal for this to happen.

Don’t rush to brush your chinchilla or try to remedy the situation.

It will happen often over the course of your chinchilla’s life.

Outside of that, your chinchilla won’t do much to annoy you or display any violent or non-friendly behaviors.

Again, chinchillas make great pets and most people who own one couldn’t imagine life without one.

They are a one of kind animal to care for and raise.

Chinchillas are also extremely intelligent and will often surprise you.

A Structured Animal, No Need to Irritate your Chinchilla

Chinchillas are very structured. They like routines to remain the same.

No, your chinchilla won’t go on a violent rampage if you miss feeding time, scheduled cage cleaning or even the common dust bath day.

However, it is best for building trust and a strong bond with your chinchilla for them to know they can count on these routines and behaviors.

These could include the following activities.

·        Play Time, Out of the Cage/ Bonding Time

·        Feeding Time

·        Dust Bath Time

·        Cage Bedding Change Time

And of course, the occasional treat from time to time such as chinchilla safe fruit or other foods that are deemed to be chinchilla safe and healthy.

If you aren’t 100% sure of all the foods chinchilla can and will eat, be sure to see my guide on the link a few words back.

They are very alert animals and get used to these time blocks and structure quickly.

Abnormal timing or unwanted loud sounds or activity can startle your chinchilla easily if they aren’t used to it.

They may even display some sounds such as barking or chirping back to you in these situations.

Again, this doesn’t cause your chinchilla not to be friendly with you but it’s best practice for you to be caring and friendly back towards your chinchilla as well.

If Chinchillas are Friendly, Do They Make Great House Pets?

Yes, you bet. Chinchillas are a top 10 small pet if you ask me for kids of all ages and adults.

It’s important your young kids don’t mishandle or chase a chinchilla around due to overheating.

Outside of that precaution, chinchillas have long life spans and require minimal money and effort needed outside of love and affection, chinchillas make for a fantastic house pet if you ask me.

Also, to clarify, chinchillas are cheap animals but the first few weeks of owning a chinchilla may be fairly expensive when you first adopt them and need additional items.

Do Chinchillas Like to Cuddle?

Unfortunately, no. Most of the time your chinchilla won’t be the most cuddle friendly pet you can get.

In some instances when a strong bond is built between the owner and the chinchilla, you may have a chinchilla that loves cuddling.

My chinchilla happens to be one of those awesome cuddle friendly chinchillas that are extremely social and loving back towards me and my other family members.

Chinchillas get hot very easily and tend to overheat.

This is one reason chinchillas haven’t developed a reputation for being cuddle bugs.

If you are ever scared this is taking place, simply check the inside and outside of your chinchilla’s ear and look for a red color and blood vessels.

This typically indicates that your chinchilla is getting too hot and needs to cool down.

They aren’t the most relaxed animals when being held so cuddling is something that’s probably off the table for many chinchillas.

Don’t lose hope.

It may just take some time to adjust and for your chinchilla to get used to you.

Are Chinchillas Aggressive?

No, not at all.

Chinchillas may strike at your finger if you have leftover food on them or they may bite an un-welcomed hand that startles them.

Typically, this will not be the owner’s hand but it could be if you are extremely loud or handle your chinchilla in a non-friendly manner.

In all honesty, I’m shocked this ever happens to anyone.

I have friends and family that have never met my 1-year-old female chinchilla and she has never been anything but sweet and inviting towards them.

However, I would be lying to state it’s not possible and I’ve read enough forums and online communities from other chinchilla owners to understand that it is possible and things do happen.

However, if it makes you feel any better, I have never once had a problem with my chinchilla biting or showing any aggressive behavior towards anyone even if they are not a part of the family.

My chinchilla even acts friendly towards my 100-pound yellow lab.

It’s important to learn how to handle your chinchilla and care for them correctly to avoid this ever being an issue.

Outside of that, no chinchillas are not aggressive and are more of a scared, timid animal just looking to relax and love their owners.

A quick tip for making this transition quickly is learning how to pick your chinchilla up correctly and safely using the base of the tail technique.

Often, chinchilla owners state this is the only problem area they have ever had with irritating their chinchilla.

Picking them up incorrectly.

Refer back to the link a few sentences ago to ensure you are well-educated on how to do this properly and to make your chinchilla comfortable.

Are Chinchillas Affectionate?

Yes, chinchillas are very affectionate.

Chinchillas are very low maintenance and don’t expect you to interact with them for hours per day.

A small amount of time and love will go a long way with a chinchilla which makes them one of the most suitable pets for individuals seeking a low maintenance animal that doesn’t need an overbearing amount of attention.

As time passes, the chinchilla will become quite affectionate, loving and caring towards their owners and form a strong bond.

Putting It All Together, Your Chinchillas Are Friendly Loving Creatures

To sum this up, chinchillas are extremely friendly loving creatures.

Does it take time to grow a bond with the owner?

Yes, of course.

This is true of any animal.

The chinchilla needs to warm up the environment and warm up the owner’s voice, smell and touch.

It won’t be long until you have a strong bond and relationship with your chinchilla and the two of you are enjoying dust baths and playtime on the regular.

If you have further concerns about if chinchillas are friendly or not, be sure to check out the related questions below.

I like to ensure my readers get all the information they need when they visit Planet Chinchilla.

Do you have any stories about your chinchilla and how friendly chinchillas can be?

Any stories where your chinchilla may have displayed some anger or aggression?

Be sure to share your stories and leave a comment below.

As always thanks for reading. I appreciate you.

Can You Sleep with Your Chinchilla?

No. You can’t sleep with your chinchilla.

This is not a recommended practice. Chinchillas do not have sweat glands and can overheat very easily.

It’s not safe to sleep with a chinchilla for these reasons.

The furniture and blankets will make your chinchilla overheat.

Additionally, chinchillas have small fragile bones so rolling onto a chinchilla could also result in death.

Although your chinchilla most likely loves you enough to sleep and cuddle with you, it’s not a good idea for safety concerns and should be avoided.

If you are looking for that relationship, it’s better to get yourself a small dog or maybe even a bunny.

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 1 year old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know.

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