Bringing home a chinchilla is exciting, but it would be a lie to say that it might not be slightly intimidating and cause you a tiny bit of anxiety on the day of the adoption.
That is perfectly okay, to be expected, and I went through the exact same feelings 5 years ago when I adopted my chinchilla.
To help relieve some of that anxiety and help you understand the process, I have decided to make a quick guide that is meant to break down what you need to do, what you need to consider, and how you need to be prepared to bring your new chinchilla home.
Here is how I intend to break down this topic today:
- Bringing Home, A Chinchilla Like A Pro
- Preparing for The Adoption and Choosing A Chinchilla
- Allowing Your Chinchilla to Get Used To Your Home And Acclimating Your Chinchilla
- Ongoing Care Needs for Your Chinchilla and Accessories Needed
- Bringing Home, A Chinchilla Is Exciting, Do Not Stress
Bringing Home, A Chinchilla Like A Pro
If you want to bring home your chinchilla like a pro and want to have it be anxiety and carefree than I highly recommend you grab some caffeine or whatever makes you focus and strap in for a minute.
Give me the opportunity to explain some of the crucial information you need to be aware of before you pull into your local breeder’s location or the pet store.
Trust me in case you are lost or have not been to this website before, this is coming from experience.
I went through the same situation and want to help all of you avoid the same anxiety, fear, and cluelessness I experienced.
Next, I want to start diving into the specific steps you will want to keep in mind.
Preparing for The Adoption and Choosing A Chinchilla
Before you even prepare for the chinchilla adoption, I believe you have 1 important question you need to be asking yourself.
Drum roll, please.
Do you really want a chinchilla?
Can you dedicate a few minutes a day towards interacting with your chinchilla whether that is out of the cage or with your chinchilla in the cage?
Are you ready to clean a cage properly for the next 15 years or more?
These are essential questions to ask.
While chinchillas may be nothing more than an exotic rodent to some, they mean much more to others, such as myself.
Chinchilla’s have personalities, show affection, and deserve a loving home.
If you answered that first question with a yes, then it is time to start moving on and covering more of the basics about bringing a chinchilla home.
Asking Questions and The Adoption Day
When you arrive at the local chinchilla breeder you have chosen to work with, you need to be prepared to ask questions to help you not only better understand the chinchilla you are adopting but better understand what you can expect and how to do certain things with your new chinchilla.
I could honestly list out hundreds of questions that would be worth asking, but I have decided to narrow it down to the top 5 questions I would recommend you asking and learning from your breeder.
Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Chinchilla Breeder
#1- How Social Is My Chinchilla?
This question is essential so that you understand what environment your chinchilla has been exposed to prior to your adoption.
You also want to know how much work is going to be needed to socialize your chinchilla.
This question can help you understand if you need to truly give your chinchilla space for a while when you arrive home or if you just need to allow your chinchilla to adapt slowly with soft and light interaction.
#2- Can You Show Me How to Hold My Chinchilla?
I am in Illinois, and the chinchilla breeder that I chose to work with was willing to show me multiple times how to pick up and hold my chinchilla.
This is going to help you with getting your chinchilla into the carrying/travel cage and getting your chinchilla in and out of the cage when you are arriving home.
Overall, even if it is an emergency that arises in the first few weeks, you need to know how to hold and pick up your chinchilla.
You can learn more about this topic about how to get a chinchilla to enjoy being held here.
#3- Has My Chinchilla Had Any Health Issues Thus Far?
This is an important question to ask anytime you adopt any pet.
It is nice to know the health history and what you can expect with your new chinchilla.
#4- Will You Be Supplying Me Any Initial Supplies?
I do not necessarily mean that you should expect any of the supplies for free from your breeder, but if you know ahead of time what they have on hand or what they sell, it can help you to understand what you need to purchase or order for the house before you arrive home with your chinchilla.
#5- Can You Tell Me What You Have Noticed About My Chinchilla’s Personality and Behavior Thus Far?
This is remarkably like the question about understanding your chinchilla’s health history.
It is not necessarily imperative to ask this question, but it is a huge benefit you get from working with a breeder opposed to a pet store, so I highly recommend asking it.
The more insight you can gain and understand about your chinchilla, the better.
It is going to help you immensely and simply part of learning how to take care of a chinchilla properly.
Now, I did not want you to think I forgot the pet-store purchasers reading.
If this is you, do not worry and simply refer to reading useful and helpful blog posts and ask your pet-store employee as much as possible.
Almost every question I just referenced, I have a dedicated blog post or YouTube Video explaining.
Simply use the search bar in the top right corner to search the topic such as “how to get your chinchilla in and out of the cage,” and the results for my articles will appear.
Now that we have the initial questions out of the way, it is time to move on to the next phase.
The Safe and Ethical Ride Home with Your Chinchilla
If you were not aware, chinchillas can travel.
However, they do tend to get stressed during travel.
Stress can cause other issues, such as overheating.
Overheating, in turn, can lead to heatstroke.
This means that you need to do your best to keep your chinchilla comfortable.
To do this, I recommend keeping the car at a very cold temperature and running the air-conditioning.
Also, if possible, avoid heavy jarring or bumpy situations for your chinchilla inside of the chinchilla travel crate.
Once you are home, get your chinchilla into their permanent cage and allow them time to adapt to their environment.
Allowing Your Chinchilla to Get Used To Your Home And Acclimating Your Chinchilla
Now it is time to do the hardest step of them all.
Wait and be patient.
Boring, I know.
However, this patience and waiting are huge for your chinchilla to begin to trust you.
A chinchilla needs this time to adapt to their new environment and to get used to their surroundings.
Ensure you are not pushing the boundaries and allow your chinchilla to warm up to the new house and environment for a few weeks.
I also highly recommend purchasing a playpen for your chinchilla.
This can be used to avoid chinchilla proofing a room during your first weeks of ownership.
This obviously eliminates potential hazards.
I also love that it forces a close interaction with you as the owner.
It will build the bond much faster with your new chinchilla while keeping them safe.
I highly recommend the Jespet 61 inch (Link to Amazon)
It is the same playpen I have been using for the past 4 years, and I love it.
I have never had any issues with it and think it is a massive benefit to any new chinchilla owner.
Ongoing Care Needs for Your Chinchilla and Accessories Needed
Now it is time to discuss the ongoing care needs you can expect with your new chinchilla once you bring them home.
For starters, I highly recommend you read my complete guide about how to take care of a chinchilla here.
Outside of this related guide, it is important to know that your chinchilla needs a few important things ongoing:
- Time Interacting Either Through Playtime or Another Method
- Timothy Hay, Chinchilla Pellets Always Provided
- A Large, Safe and Comfortable Cage
- Filled Water Bottles
- Love and Attention
The guide that I referenced previously will do a good job breaking down these categories in-depth for you and have you much more prepared towards caring for your chinchilla like a pro.
Relax and Learn as You Go
My last recommendation I have for all my readers and this community is to relax and take a breath.
Bringing a chinchilla home is extremely exciting and gets easier each day you own a chinchilla.
Chinchillas make for great pets, and I highly doubt anyone will regret the decision.
That is the best way to put it, so breathe, relax, and have a blast with your new chinchilla.
The rest of the process will come to you after you bring your chinchilla home.
Bringing Home, A Chinchilla Is Exciting, Do Not Stress It
As mentioned, when we began this post, bringing a chinchilla home is extremely exciting.
It can also cause some anxiety and fear.
It does not need too, and I assure you that all the resources, helpful individuals and other chinchilla lovers are always around to help.
Chili and I certainly wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla and the journey you have ahead of you.
Share Your Thoughts
Do you have any other tips you can provide the community about bringing home a chinchilla?
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.