Can A Chinchilla Be Alone? [Yes, But You Need to Know This]


If you recently purchased a chinchilla or perhaps you are preparing to do so, you may have a long list of questions.

That’s understandable and completely normal.

One of the questions that pop up frequently is about basic chinchilla care.

Can a chinchilla be alone?

Here’s what you need to know on this topic.

So, can a chinchilla be alone? Yes, a chinchilla can be alone. Chinchillas can be alone and do not need a second chinchilla to live with. Chinchillas can also be alone at the home where you live for periods of time although it’s best to interact with your chinchilla for at least 30 minutes every day.

I know what you are thinking. 30 minutes every day?

Yes, this is 100% true.

Chinchillas are extremely social animals.

Although a chinchilla can be alone, this doesn’t necessarily mean they can be ignored.

Stick around for 2-3 minutes and I’ll cover a few more points of information that you need to know about providing your furry friend with the best care possible.

If you need further information, you can also visit my post that covers everything you need to know about chinchilla care here.

A Chinchilla Can Be Alone but Don’t Overdo It

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

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’s a healthy task to add to your calendar.

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, 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.

If Your Chinchilla’s Behavior Changes, You Need to Change as Well

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 intentions of building a bond with them.

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 time.

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 will certainly communicate their feelings to you through cuddling, excitement and even making chinchilla like noises.

If you are unfamiliar with some of the noise’s chinchillas do make, check out my guide that breaks down all these chinchilla noises you can expect when you embark on the journey of owning a chinchilla.

It will get you up to speed quickly.

Final Word, Chinchillas Can Be Alone but Be Sure to Show Some Love

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.

That’s the last post I recommend reading if you are still on the fence that I have is a quick blog post discussing how good of pet’s chinchillas make that you can read here.

Turning the Floor Over to You

As always, I love when the readers chime in and share their thoughts on the topics we discuss.

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

Me and “chili” appreciate you and will catch you next time.

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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