If you recently purchased a chinchilla or plan to adopt a chinchilla soon, it is natural to wonder if a chinchilla can live alone or be alone in general.
One of the questions that pop up frequently is about basic chinchilla care.
Can a chinchilla be alone?
I have been raising my chinchilla for 5 years and she has been alone since day 1 and here is what I can tell you about this topic.
A chinchilla can be alone. Chinchillas can be alone and do not need a second chinchilla to live with. If a chinchilla lives alone, you need to ensure you are providing your chinchilla with some form of social interaction daily to ensure your chinchilla remains happy and healthy.
I know this may stress out individuals who are considering adopting a chinchilla and having a chinchilla alone.
You may be wondering how you will always make time for your chinchilla for social interaction if you do decide to keep your chinchilla alone.
I get it and plan to break down my recommendations for having your chinchilla live alone in the remainder of this post.
- Can Chinchillas Live Alone?
- Ensure You Plan Out Play Time with Your Chinchilla If You Have Them Live Alone
- A Chinchilla That Is Living Alone And Depressed May Show You Behavior Signs
- Chinchillas Can Be Alone But Be Sure to Show Some Love
Can Chinchillas Live Alone?
I want to get started and be very clear that a chinchilla can live alone and be alone.
A second chinchilla is not necessary and I know this from experience and raising my chinchilla for the past 5 years.
Chinchillas are extremely social animals.
Although a chinchilla can be alone, this doesn’t necessarily mean they can be ignored.
Like I stated previously, a chinchilla can be alone.
Plain and simple.
A lot of individuals feel that to ethically provide the best care, a second chinchilla is necessary which just is not true.
In fact, I have an entire blog post dedicated to this topic if chinchillas need to be or function better in pairs that you can see here.
While chinchillas are extremely social creatures and loving pets, they don’t necessarily need to be partnered with another chinchilla.
It’s just not necessary although never a bad idea by any means.
Additionally, a chinchilla can even be left home alone for small amounts of time if necessary.
An important must-read blog post I have discusses this in-depth and covers key discussions such as if a chinchilla can be left alone for the weekend that you can see here.
Now, we are plenty aware that a chinchilla can be left alone but where do chinchilla owners often make the mistake of leaving their chinchilla alone a bit too much?
I’m glad you asked because that’s next on the agenda of important topics to cover.
Ensure You Plan Out Play Time with Your Chinchilla If You Have Them Live Alone
If you intend on having your chinchilla live alone, you have a few things that you need to keep in mind.
This is where you need to ensure you are providing the proper care for your chinchilla.
It’s even discussed heavily in my post that covers everything you need to know about caring for a chinchilla that you can see here.
Playtime is bonding time with your chinchilla.
This is how a chinchilla can thrive and remain happy and healthy without a second chinchilla and even if your schedule is somewhat demanding.
It’s a very critical part of the process.
Chinchillas love to come out of their cage for just 30-60 minutes a day to run around and jump or climb.
It also ensures that you are going to effectively build a bond with your chinchilla over the course of time.
Chinchillas are animals that want to interact and display a great deal of affection towards their owners.
At least that’s been the experience for me thus far into owning my chinchilla.
I have a post that will cover this topic more in-depth and details on how chinchillas are affectionate animals that you can see here.
Set a Schedule for Spending Time with Your Chinchilla
One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is to become organized about spending time with your chinchilla.
This makes life much easier.
My chinchilla is active at certain times of the day.
This makes it easy for me to control the schedule and pick the best time for her to come out and play and interact with me.
This also makes it much easier for you to leave your chinchilla alone and not paired with another chinchilla since they still will be getting the socialization and activity that they need.
I personally get my chinchilla out of her cage every day at the same time (most of the time)
This is typically at about 6 am when she’s active and jumping around her cage like mad women.
I allow her to come out in my basement that I have fully chin proofed and allow her to do her thing.
All you need to do outside of this is simply ensure that your basement or room you allow your chinchilla to play and interact in is safe.
To do this, you can review my post about chinchilla proofing a room here.
To do this, make sure that all wires are covered and nothing dangerous or harmful can be accessed by your chinchilla.
If you need some help with this, you can view my post about if chinchillas will chew wires here.
This is post is also going to break down how to battle back against the dangers any room in the home can present to your chinchilla and how to effectively create a safe space for your chinchilla to roam inside of.
A Chinchilla That Is Living Alone And Depressed May Show Your Behavior Signs
If you notice that your chinchilla is displaying more destructive behavior or acting differently, it could be a cry for help or attention.
While chinchillas are normally extremely friendly animals, it’s possible that a lack of social interaction has flipped the switch for your chinchilla.
If this is the case, you likely are not spending enough time with your chinchilla or it’s perhaps the time to consider adopting another chinchilla to keep them company.
Chinchillas don’t last long behaving or acting perfectly in an environment where they are neglected or not allowed to socialize with either humans or other chinchillas.
To put this in the simplest terms possible, pay attention to your chinchilla and adjust if need be but don’t adopt a chinchilla in the first place if you have no intention of building a bond with them.
A chinchilla living alone is only a good idea if you can accommodate.
That is the best way to put it.
Not finding time for your chinchilla if they live alone is a bad idea in general.
It’s not ethical and will result in a chinchilla not thriving or being happy in your care or home.
Plain and simple.
Keep Tabs and Always Supervise When Possible
This headline may have scared you a bit so let me explain.
Chinchillas do not need supervision all the times and honestly rarely need supervision as long as you are doing your part if they live alone.
The point is that a chinchilla shouldn’t be strictly banished to one room and left to relax in their cage.
Check-in daily and implement the other keys we have laid out for you in this post.
The best way to get to know and understand your chinchilla is to simply pay attention and adjust when need be.
Chinchillas can tell you what they are feeling through body language.
They can even let you know if something is wrong or they are mad about being alone by using noises and sounds.
Chinchillas will certainly communicate their feelings to you through cuddling, excitement and even making chinchilla like noises and this may be a good indicator if you are providing enough love and attention towards a chinchilla that is living alone.
Chinchillas Can Be Alone But Be Sure to Show Some Love
Yes, chinchillas can be alone and live alone.
At the end of the day, it’s imperative to understand that a chinchilla can absolutely be alone under the correct circumstances.
Be sure to show your chinchilla some love and affection and your chinchilla will thrive and grow old with you at your home.
It’s a great journey and chinchillas 100% make a great pet to own.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchillas and the journey you have ahead of you.
Turning the Floor Over to You, Does Your Chinchilla Live Alone?
As always, I love it when the readers chime in and share their thoughts on the topics we discuss.
Does your chinchilla live alone and what other recommendations can you provide the readers about a chinchilla being alone opposed to having a cage mate?
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.