If you recently purchased a chinchilla or may be considering purchasing one soon, it’s completely to normal to ask if chinchilla can be noisy at night.
Clearly, we don’t want to lose sleep over adopting a new chinchilla.
I have now been raising a chinchilla for more than 5 years and here is what I can tell you on this topic:
So, are chinchillas noisy at night? Yes, chinchillas can be noisy at night. At night is when a chinchilla is typically the most active in addition to early mornings. When a chinchilla is active, they will jump and climb throughout their cage and tend to make quite a bit of noise depending on your cage set up.
However, you certainly have tips and tricks you can implement to curve some of the noise a chinchilla may make at night and some other helpful words of advice I’d like to leave you with.
If you don’t have much time to read on, the answer is above is the best answer to the question being asked.
If, however, you do have a few minutes to spare, I’d like to cover the topic more in-depth.
Additionally, I’d like to discuss more specifics of a chinchilla’s behavior at night and what you can do to help you and your chinchilla.
Here is what this post will cover in more depth:
- Are Chinchillas Noisy at Night?
- Tips to Implement to Avoid Night-Time Noise from Chinchillas
- Chinchillas May Make Some Extra Noise At Night
Are Chinchillas Noisy at Night?
Let’s get back to the original question at hand.
Are chinchillas noisy at night?
Like I mentioned previously, chinchillas can certainly be noisy at night depending on a few things.
First, it’s important to understand that your chinchilla having energy at night is 100% normal.
Chinchillas are crepuscular.
This makes it completely natural for a chinchilla to be lazy and sleepy during the day.
Then at night, be wide awake and ready to jump all over the cage.
If you take a few precautions ahead of time and make a few small adjustments, your chinchilla climbing all over the cage shouldn’t bother you by any means.
Here are the details and some additional tips to implement.
4 Tips to Implement to Avoid Noisy Night-Time Chinchillas
Tip #1- Keep Your Chinchilla in A Separate Room from Where You Sleep
The first tip I can give you to not have to be frustrated with a noisy chinchilla night is to simply not have your chinchilla in the room you sleep.
This is going to help you avoid all of the sounds a chinchilla may make at night.
This may include barking.
Or, it may just include the sound of them running around like crazy.
Have a separate room in your home dedicated to where you keep your chinchilla cage.
In another post I have broken down the proper sizing for chinchilla cages, I discuss the importance of having a large cage in a separate room of the home for this specific reason.
Keeping your chinchilla in your bedroom is not a good idea.
Unless you are not a fan of sleep.
Having the cage in a room where you don’t sleep that’s not too hot and not too cold is the best plan of action.
This is always going to be an important consideration to avoid heatstroke for your chinchilla.
You shouldn’t be trying to hinder your chinchillas’ natural desires to get a little crazy at night time within their cage.
Tip #2- Switch to Fleece Liners and Plastic Trays and Toss the Wire Bottom Cages
Tip 2 may seem somewhat “out of the box” to you but it works great.
It’s part of the reason I recommend the cages I do in another post that breaks down the top chinchilla cages you should consider.
Some chinchilla cages are more suitable than others.
This has to do with size and what you can do with the cage after purchasing it.
This tip requires a cage such as the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage.
However, a few other cages will also allow for fleece liner upgrades.
I love these cages because half the noise a chinchilla will make at night is simply the sound of bouncing around inside the cage.
The Critter Nation 2 (Link to Amazon) and other cages that allow for fleece liners upgrades are going to dramatically reduce the sound your chinchilla makes when running around inside of the cage.
Especially compared to other options such as wire bottom cages.
However, with these cages, you can purchase chinchilla safe fleece liners to place on your plastic trays.
As you can imagine, fleece doesn’t make much noise as your chinchilla runs around playing with various items within the cage at night.
Not to mention, it’s extremely easy to clean and helps your weekly cage cleanings go much faster and smoother.
If you haven’t seen these liners for chinchilla cages, check out these fleece liners here (Link to Amazon)
They would be the perfect liners I recommend and the ones I currently use myself.
Tip #3- Allow Your Chinchilla Out for Playtime Once A Day
This is by no means is a requirement, but I would consider it the ethical approach to owning a chinchilla.
Envision owning a chinchilla like owning a dog.
Can dogs get crazy sometimes and act up or misbehave inside the home?
Sure, but what does the vet always recommend when you raise your concerns?
Walk the dog or allow them the chance to get out and burn off some energy.
The same can certainly go a long way towards allowing your chinchilla to burn off a little energy.
While it’s completely acceptable to skip this from time to time, it should be a practice you attempt to implement.
It increases your ability to build a bond with your chinchilla.
It also allows your chinchilla to show affection towards you.
Additionally, it may help your chinchilla to be a little more laid back when inside of their own cage and habitat.
#4- Embrace That an Active Chinchilla Is Normal
The final tip I have for you is to simply understand that your chinchilla getting a bit crazy at these specific times of the day is completely normal.
It shouldn’t bother you nor steer you towards not wanting to adopt a chinchilla.
Embrace it and roll with it.
Owning a chinchilla is awesome from just about every angle imaginable.
If they want to make a bit of noise at night, it’s not a deal-breaker by any means and needs to be expected.
It is what they do.
Chinchillas May Make Some Extra Noise At Night
As stated several times in this post, chinchillas can be noisy at night.
Clearly, you likely won’t notice this much if you follow the tips laid out for you in this post.
Some noise from time to time is simply part of the journey.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchillas and the journey you have ahead of you.
Does Your Chinchilla Get Noisy At Night?
What tips could you add to this list?
Does your chinchilla get a bit noisy at night as well?
Be sure to share those 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.