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 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 one of the most loving, friendly small animals we can adopt or have as pets. 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 a bit, I’m going to break down some more fun facts about chinchillas to ensure we cover everything.
Let’s get started.
More About How Chinchillas Interact 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 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.
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 and be severely frightened by unwanted noise or unwelcomed touches.
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. Chinchillas in the first few weeks of being acclimated to a new home aren’t designed to do a whole lot of anything.
Allow them to sit in their cage, get used to sounds and sights and temperature 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 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.
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.
Remember, chinchillas are the hunted, not the hunters in their natural habitat so a chinchilla is programmed to flea 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 a feeding time, 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
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 back to you in these situations such as a bark.
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 but outside of that and in addition to long life spans and 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.
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 easy and tend to overheat. 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 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.
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.
Are Chinchillas Affectionate?
Absolutely, a chinchilla can be 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 over-bearing 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 play time 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 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.