Chinchilla and rabbits are two popular options individuals often choose to adopt and it is normal to be curious if a rabbit and chinchilla will get along or if a chinchilla and rabbit can live together.
Both make for great pets.
What if you can’t decide if you want a chinchilla or a rabbit?
Can you adopt both?
Can chinchillas and rabbits live together?
I don’t own a rabbit, but I do own a chinchilla and have for over 5 years now, and here’s the information I can provide you on this topic.
So, can chinchillas and rabbits live together? Yes, chinchillas and rabbits can live together in the same household. Chinchillas and rabbits can’t live together in the same cage. Chinchillas and rabbits that live in the same house need to have separate cages and separate living areas.
It’s relatively straightforward.
You can certainly own a chinchilla and a rabbit, but they need to have their own cages.
For those of you thinking of adopting both, or maybe you have one or the other already and are considering the second, I plan to break this topic down in much more depth for you.
Here’s what on my agenda to cover in today’s brief post:
- Can Chinchillas and Rabbits Live Together?
- Do Chinchillas and Rabbits Get Along?
- Can Rabbits and Chinchillas Breed?
- What Animals Can Chinchillas Live With? (With Quick Table)
- Chinchillas and Rabbits Should Not Live Together
Like I mentioned previously, if you are in a hurry and need specific information about this topic, feel free to use the links above to skip to any section.
Otherwise, if you have about 3-minutes to spare, I’d like to break down this topic further for you.
Here’s what you need to know.
Can Chinchillas and Rabbits Live Together?
Although it seems like this could work, it shouldn’t be attempted and rabbits and chinchillas can not live together in the same cage even if it was possible to make a rabbit and chinchilla get along with one another.
Like we started off the post by stating, rabbits and chinchillas can remain under the same household and can potentially even enjoy playtime together.
However, chinchillas and rabbits should never share the same cage or food.
I know it’s relatively disappointing, considering they are similar in many ways.
They both eat timothy hay, and both even eat pellets.
They have different nutritional guidelines, and both contain different ingredients.
Also, some chinchillas never even enjoy being paired with a second chinchilla.
Let alone, an animal such as a rabbit.
You always must be concerned that a chinchilla or a rabbit may get aggressive towards one another eventually.
Most likely, when you aren’t around to prevent any potential injuries or bites.
Overall, I completely understand that rabbits and chinchillas are relatively similar, but I can assure you that allowing them to be housed together is not a good idea.
An easy fix is to allow enough space for each by using a large enough cage with multiple levels that can potentially be closed off from one another.
An example of this would be a cage such as the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon)
It also comes offered in single-story cages that can be kept separate.
If you want to allow them to play together eventually, you can bond them slowly by having the cages close to each other but still separate behind their own doors.
I have a full review of the Critter Nation Cage that you can see here if you need further information on this specific topic.
Do Chinchillas and Rabbits Get Along?
It’s another common question that comes up when potential pet owners are considering have both pets in the same house.
So, do chinchillas and rabbits get along?
Chinchillas and rabbits may get along if bonded slowly in separate cages.
It’s never a guarantee that these two animals will bond or get along.
When chinchillas and rabbits interact, it needs to be under your supervision and not in the same cage together.
You should not trust that a rabbit and chinchilla get along and leave them both out to play without supervision.
You should also never allow both a rabbit and chinchilla to play together even if they do get along in a non-chinchilla proofed room.
Can Rabbits and Chinchillas Breed?
No, this is a common question because of the relatively famous “chinchilla rabbit.”
However, the chinchilla rabbit is still a rabbit in every way possible.
It’s specifically bred to have soft fur that resembles a chinchilla, but at no point does a chinchilla and rabbit crossbreed.
So, the answer to this question is a solid NO.
Rabbits and chinchillas can’t breed.
What Animals Can Chinchillas Live With?
Alright, for about 30 seconds, let’s assume you are like me, and you already own a chinchilla ( I have a 5-year-old female chinchilla).
I don’t have a second chinchilla yet, and I don’t own any other small rodents.
Only two dogs.
It’s natural if you are like me that you have considered if chinchillas can get along with any other pets.
Small pets or rodents specifically.
To remove all the questions from my readers who may be considering a different rodent outside of a rabbit, like a guinea pig for instance, let’s discuss if chinchillas can live with any of the other popular pets that individuals often purchase.
Here’s a quick table.
|Can A Chinchilla Live With This Animal In The Same Cage||Yes or No|
Now, let’s break down why all these answers are such quick answers with no ability for the two animals to live together.
It’s straightforward, my friends, and very similar to the explanation we broke down above about chinchillas living with rabbits.
All these animals are somewhat similar, but 100% unique at the same time.
They have different diets, and they have different needs.
They also have different behaviors and temperaments.
While some of these animals may be able to be out together under the same roof for time out of the cage, none of these potential pets should ever share a cage together.
It could result in violence, fighting, and one animal not getting the food and nutrients they need.
The only animal, a chinchilla, should ever share a cage with is another chinchilla.
Even this can cause issues if it’s not done correctly.
Don’t make this mistake.
Also, don’t get me wrong.
Don’t be scared to adopt a second pet.
Simply be smart about doing this and purchase a second cage and meet the separate needs of both animals, and you will be in great shape.
Chinchillas and Rabbits Should Not Live Together
Listen, my friends, I know it’s slightly disappointing that all our favorite animals can’t be in the same cage together even if it is possible for a chinchilla and rabbit to get along.
It could save us some dough and make life easier.
Not to mention, I get where you are coming from.
It would be a lot of fun to operate in this fashion.
Unfortunately, it’s just not safe nor recommended for the reasons laid out in this post.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with the journey you have ahead of you regardless of which animal you ultimately decide is the best for you.
Have You Ever Had A Chinchilla and Rabbit Live Together and Get Along?
Here’s your chance to argue my facts in this post.
Have any of you ever had any of the animals in this post sharing a cage together?
Have you ever had a chinchilla and rabbit living together?
What happened, and how did you do it?
Do you have any further recommendations you can share with the readers?
Be sure to share your stories, comments, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.
We will see you next time.