Chinchilla’s Body Language [Learn to Speak Chinchilla Now]

Chinchilla’s love to show off their personality in different ways.

All chinchillas are different and learning to understand their body language is a key to communicating with a chinchilla and having a better chance at receiving the message they are trying to relay.

This ultimately is going to allow you to understand how to take care of your chinchilla and how to adjust if need be throughout your journey.

It is also why I wanted to throw together this brief post discussing how to recognize and interpret a chinchilla’s body language.

The hope is that the more you know, the better suited you are going to be to take care of your chinchilla and build a lasting bond.

I have owned a chinchilla for almost 5 years now, and the more I can relay to you to make the process that much easier, the better.

Here is how I intend to break down this quick guide about a chinchilla’s body language:


If need be, feel free to skip around throughout the post using the links provided for you directly above.

Otherwise, if you have roughly 3 minutes, you can spare, stick around, and I will give you a full detailed guide on a chinchilla’s body language.

Here is what you should understand.

Chinchilla Body Language Is Essential to Understand

A chinchilla’s body language is critical to understand for a variety of reasons.

Most importantly, it is going to allow you to understand what message they are trying to relay to you.

While some body language is not as important as others, it is an advantage and part of being an ethical chinchilla owner to understand body language that can indicate fear.

It is also 100% critical to understand if your chinchilla’s body language may be indicated, such as illness.

Clearly, this is going to help you make judgment calls to render care or call a vet if necessary.

Additionally, it can help you recognize other issues you can render care for immediately, such as heat stroke or an overheating chinchilla.

Without an understanding of these critical signs and body language they may be offering, you will likely miss a chance to help or improve your chinchilla’s situation.

It is also nice just to know when your chinchilla is happy and healthy.

With this being the case, let’s start moving into some of the vital signs you can look for you, so you can communicate with your chinchilla like a pro.

Body Movements and Posture’s with Chinchilla’s

My chinchilla will display her body language in a variety of ways.

To kick start things, I want to only cover physical postures and movement or body language that involves some form of their body doing something out of the ordinary.

We will cover sounds shortly in this guide.

I will break down the body language postures with a short name for the position they get in and then explain each one in-depth.

The Stand-Up and Stand Still Movement

This body posture or body language from a chinchilla can mean a variety of things.

Still, I believe the consensus is that is indicates alertness and curiosity.

This posture can also quickly change to a fear-based position (more on this soon).

For the most part, my chinchilla will display this body language and posture when something new is entering her environment or even a sound she is not used to taking place.

She will stand up straight, almost curl her front feet close to her chest, and just look out as if she is scouting the area.

If this happens, this is nothing to be alarmed about and indicates nothing that involves you needing to comfort or help your chinchilla with.

Laying on All Fours with Ears Down

This is the classic sleeping posture.

If you look at your chinchilla long enough when they are giving off this body language, you will catch them beginning to doze off.

Most frequently, my chinchilla will do this just outside her nest/hiding box or in her hammock.

When she is out and about and wide awake, this is not a posture that you will ever notice.

A problem with this body language and posture from your chinchilla is that it can also indicate illness or overheating.

If your chinchilla starts to put themselves into this physical position during times that they usually wouldn’t or is not getting lively at any point during a day, it is important you double-check that your chin is not sick.

If you cannot see any physical signs of harms and know for sure that the room your chinchilla is in is at ideal temperatures, it may be a good idea to check other indicators for illness.

This can include checking that they are still eating and consumer water.

It can also mean that you are checking that they are still pooping normal poops and at the average frequency.

If you remain stumped at what may be going on, be sure to contact a vet and get your chinchilla checked.

A sick or stressed chinchilla can escalate quickly, so it is always better to be safe than sorry in these situations.

Hopping and Jumping for Joy

This body language and personality being displayed from chinchilla indicates exactly what you think it would suggest.

Happiness and they are in the mood to play.

Typically, this is an excellent time to get your chinchilla out of the cage for some bonding time or even one of their scheduled dust baths.

When this body language is taking place, enjoy it.

It is the typical behavior of a happy chinchilla and what you can expect from your chinchilla once they have warmed up to you.

Sitting Back and Watching from A Distance

This body language is likely what you are going to experience during the first few weeks of owning your chinchilla while they get used to you and your home.

It is exactly what happened to me with my chinchilla as well.

I know it is exciting, especially in the beginning, to get your chinchilla and hold them, but in the beginning, it is not that easy.

When your chinchilla is sitting back in one corner of the cage and acting scared, it likely means nothing more than they are not quite sure about you or the situation yet.

Do not worry about it and allow the trust and bond to grow.

Do not force any interactions, and eventually, this behavior will end.

I have two other posts that I recommend you check out that can help you dramatically with this situation.

First, check out my post about how to get your chinchilla to enjoy being held here.

Additionally, learn how to get your chinchilla in and out of the cage by reading my other post here.

Sounds and Vocalizations with Chinchilla’s

Sounds and vocal cues from your chinchilla can also mean a variety of things.

To save some time for you, I recommend you check out my post about a chinchilla barking and other chinchilla sounds that they make using the link a few words back.

It will get you somewhat up to speed about all the different sounds your chinchilla may make to indicate different messages to you or even another chinchilla.

Chinchilla’s Body Language When Scared or Frightened and Not Forcing It

We touched on this briefly a moment ago, but I want to make sure I re-emphasize the importance.

If your chinchilla is displaying body language that indicates fear, do not force them to do anything that they do not seem comfortable with.

This is only going to weaken the bond and the trust they have for you.

Instead, try taking a step back and simply pet your chinchilla in the cage or talk to them in a calm demeanor.

They are trying to tell you they are scared, and if you are picking up on that body language, make sure to respect the message for the bond to grow.

Some patience with a chinchilla in the initial days is going to go a long way in the future.

Trust me, I went through the same process.

Once You Know Your Chinchilla’s Body Language, The Bond Will Grow

The great news is that the faster you learn your chinchilla’s body language, the quicker the bond is going to grow.

It is also going to make you much more capable of raising your chinchilla with ease if you can understand what they are trying to tell you.

The more time you spend around them or even getting them out of the cage, the easier it is ultimately going to become.

Keep at it, and you will understand your chinchilla’s body language in no time.

Chili and I certainly wish you the best of luck with the journey you have ahead of you.

Share Your Thoughts

Do you have any further recommendations you can share with the readers to help them understand a chinchilla’s body language even further?

Does your chinchilla do anything different or show any other kinds of body language not mentioned thus far in this post?

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.

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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