When you first begin debating on if a chinchilla is the right pet for you, you may have plenty of questions and concerns, it’s completely normal to feel this way. It’s what makes us all better pet owners. Educating ourselves in the beginning and along the way is what it’s all about. When I first adopted my chinchilla, I had hundreds of questions. One of them was concerning their social abilities and best practices. Do chinchillas do better in pairs? After owning a chinchilla for quite some time and doing some additional research on this topic, here is what I can tell you.
So, do chinchillas do better in pairs? No, chinchillas do not necessarily do better in pairs. Some chinchillas are very social and will pair and socialize well with other chinchillas in the same cage. Other chinchillas may have the opposite hold true. It’s possible your chinchillas will not get along and cause harm to one another. Chinchillas do not necessarily do better in pairs.
I was shocked by this information as well. To be completely honest, it’s what caused me to write this blog post. I was thinking back to when I first adopted my chinchilla from the breeder.
She had all her chinchillas, for the most part, sharing cages and had dozens of them. It looked as if having multiple chinchillas sharing the same cage was the best option. After speaking to the rescue/ breeder, I learned a lot about this topic. I’ve also done some independent research on this topic.
This post is designed to share with you if chinchillas do better in pairs and how to know what the best course of action is for you and your chinchilla or maybe you and your future multiple chinchillas. Hang with me for a few minutes, and I’ll try and provide all the information you need to know on this topic.
Let’s dive into the details.
More on Chinchillas Bonding, Pairing and Keeping Multiple Chinchillas
Like I stated previously, Chinchillas don’t always do better in pairs. Often, it can be the exact opposite. It depends on each chinchilla you are trying to pair together. Some chinchillas do great together for many years. They will love each other, interact and remain friendly with one another.
Other chinchillas never successfully bond or pair together and they can be aggressive with one another. This can cause various issues such as fur slips, biting one another and other injuries. It’s essential as a chinchilla owner to introduce your chinchillas slowly and too keep an eye on the situation.
However, if the two chinchillas you are trying to pair do work well together, this is advised. Chinchillas are incredibly social animals and having an additional cage mate can help keep them remain “socially active.”
With an educated chinchilla babysitter hopefully.
Chinchilla Cage Size Considerations with A Single Chinchilla or Multiple Chinchillas
You have other considerations as well that need to be kept in mind. Owning multiple chinchillas and pairing them means a few things. First, your old smaller cage (if this is what you had) needs to go. Chinchillas need plenty of room to jump, climb and get crazy in their cage.
If you have two sharing a cage, you need that much more space. Chinchillas poop extremely often and will soak their bedding in the bottom tray of the cage with urine. What used to be cleaning the cage for 1 chinchilla has now doubled Its workload on you.
It will be even more crucial for you to remain diligent and to keep your chinchilla’s cage clean at all time. Double the poop and double the pee will most likely mean you need to be cleaning the cage with at least a full sweep out daily.
Full cage cleanings will probably need to take place every week or more often depending on how dirty it gets. Don’t worry. Chinchillas don’t smell so this will not become a cause of concern when trying to bond or pair multiple chinchillas.
The Question Remains, Is It Better to Have Two Chinchillas?
This far into the post, you are likely beginning to form your own opinion and thoughts about having multiple chinchillas. You probably may still even be at a point where you are thinking, do chinchillas do better in pairs or not?
I wish I could give you a better answer than I have thus far, but unfortunately, this is the way it is with chinchillas. It entirely depends on the chinchillas.
It will depend on your chinchilla’s background and social skills they have developed since birth. A lot of this depends heavily on the breeder you got your chinchillas form. Chinchillas are smart animals and can adapt quickly but sometimes, pairing chinchillas does not work out for the best.
The Story on My 1 Year Old Chinchilla and Pairing with Other Chinchillas
When I first adopted my chinchilla, I arrived at the breeder, and she escorted me down to the “chinchilla room” which was basically a climate-controlled addition to the home. Like I said previously, she had nearly all her chinchillas sharing a cage with each other when I arrived.
I had already fallen in love with the chinchilla I wanted to purchase through text based on her beautiful gray fur and temperament that the breeder had described her as having and the pictures the breeder had been sending me. When I arrived, she was one of the chinchillas that were not bonded or paired with another chinchilla.
This naturally made me ask the question, “why is Chili” not paired with any other chinchillas? She explained that she had a cage mate and formerly had been paired with another female chinchilla for the past 5 months.
However, chinchilla #2 (not mine that I adopted) had randomly begun becoming more aggressive and had bitten my chinchilla on her back causing a fur slip.
The breeder had believed it was because a bigger cage was necessary and that they eventually started crowding each other’s space, but nonetheless, the great friendship between 2 loving chinchillas had finally gone sour.
Nonetheless, she was forced to separate them, and that was the end of that story.
How to Introduce 2 Chinchillas to Being Bonded and Paired
I wanted to give you a few tips for bonding your chinchillas correctly if you do opt to have two chinchillas living in harmony.
First, take things slow. If you have 1 chinchilla now or plan to purchase 2 at the same time, let them warm up slowly to each other. The best way to do this, in the beginning, is to make sure to keep bars between them in the beginning. Allowing two chinchillas out for playtime together too early can result in a chinchilla fight or one chinchilla fleeing or attempting to run away.
Attempt to have separate playtimes for a few weeks. During this time, allow one chinchilla to head over the cage naturally, say hello and begin introducing themselves. It’s essential for them to get used to the scents, noises, and visuals they are picking up from one another.
After a few weeks of completing this slow introduction period, you can begin allowing both chinchillas to play together. If things go well, you can start considering the possibilities of your 2 chinchillas eventually becoming cage mates.
If at any time during this process, your chinchillas begin displaying any form of aggression towards one another, use caution and make sure not to move onto your chinchillas sharing the same cage. Chinchillas can get feisty, so overall, it’s not worth risking harm to your chinchillas.
Trust me, one chinchilla has plenty of favorite things to play with, and they will be just fine on their own if you dedicate time to getting them out of their cage and interacting with them each day.
Can Chinchillas Get Lonely?
Yes, chinchillas can get lonely. Chinchillas will get lonely without another chinchilla around and without interaction from the owner. If you don’t have a second chinchilla for your chinchilla to socially interact with, you must make sure to take time every day to communicate and get your chinchilla out of the cage. Chinchillas are incredibly social animals and need some form of interaction with humans or other chinchillas.
3 Scenarios and Questions About Chinchillas Living Together
Often, when chinchilla owners are beginning this process, they have three unique scenarios that they envision. This is based on the chinchilla’s sex and if the pairing and bonding will ultimately work. I wanted to take the time to explain all three of these scenarios to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Can Two Female Chinchillas Live Together?
Yes, two female chinchillas can live together. If they are properly introduced and bonded, two female chinchillas can be happy sharing the same cage and interacting together. 2 female chinchillas also have the potential to not get along with one another. Proper and slow introductions are critical to making 2 female chinchillas living together flourish.
Can Two Male Chinchillas Be Housed Together?
Yes, two male chinchillas can live together. 2 male chinchillas living together is the same scenario as two female chinchillas living together. When 2 male chinchillas are properly introduced to one another, they will be happy and friendly sharing the same cage. However, it’s possible you have 2 male chinchillas that do not get along. Especially if you rush the introduction and bonding phase.
Can You Put a Male and Female Chinchilla Together?
Yes, you can put a male and female chinchilla together in the same cage. If you do this, you need to ensure your chinchilla is fixed or neutered. A male chinchilla will get a female chinchilla pregnant. If you don’t intend on breeding chinchillas, make sure your male chinchilla is neutered if they are going to share the same cage.
Should I Get Two Chinchillas?
This is 100% entirely up to you. The decision to purchase two chinchillas instead of 1 comes with more responsibility. Owning 2 chinchillas will require more thorough cage cleanings. Additionally, owning 2 chinchillas will need more supervision when they are out for playtime or interacting in their cage. Getting two chinchillas can be excellent but does come with risk and a few negatives.
The choice is ultimately yours.
Final Word, With Slow Introductions and Proper Bonding, 2 Chinchillas Can Flourish and Thrive Together
Let’s re-emphasize the main question and theme of this post. Do chinchillas do better in pairs? It’s 100% possible that chinchillas will do better in pairs.
It’s also possible that you will have two chinchillas that prefer to be alone and the only attention they need is from you. Chinchillas make for fantastic pets, so I agree entirely and recommend having multiple chinchillas.
I always want to provide honest answers and make sure my readers are informed about what may happen in certain situations owning multiple chinchillas. If you feel like you still have remaining questions, be sure to stop by my related questions and answers section below.
Otherwise, I appreciate you and thanks for stopping by. See you next time.
Can Chinchillas Kill Each Other?
Yes, chinchillas could kill each other. Chinchillas won’t attempt to kill another chinchilla, but chinchillas do fight and show aggression towards one another in certain situations. If an injury is caused to one chinchilla as a result of this fighting or aggression, it’s possible for one chinchilla to die as a result of another chinchilla fighting with him or her.
Do Chinchillas Eat Each Other?
No, chinchillas do not eat each other. Chinchilla’s diets consist of mostly pellets and hay. Chinchillas even when aggressive will only bite each other, scratch or spray urine if the chinchilla is a female. Chinchillas will not eat each other while living nor after death.
Do Chinchillas Mate for Life?
No, chinchillas do not mate for life. While it’s possible that your chinchillas’ mate for life, it’s also possible that chinchillas will out-grow the bonding and relationship period and begin showing aggression towards one another. When this happens, you need to separate them into their own cages for safety.
Do Chinchillas Eat Their Babies?
No, chinchillas do not eat their babies. Female chinchillas nurse their babies like many animal species. After a female chinchilla has her litter, the newborn chinchillas will rely on the mother chinchilla for nutrients and nursing until they can live on their own. Chinchillas do not eat their babies.
Do Chinchillas Need Another Chinchilla?
No, chinchillas do not need another chinchilla. If you have the time to spend with your chinchilla each day, a chinchilla can remain completely happy and content without another chinchilla being present. Chinchillas do enjoy social interaction, and while a second chinchilla is a great idea, it doesn’t mean you have to purchase a second chinchilla.
Do Chinchillas Get Along?
Yes, chinchillas get along. In most circumstances, if a chinchilla was raised in a social environment, they will get along with other chinchillas without an issue. If however, you purchased your chinchilla from a pet store or rescue and your chinchilla has been isolated for its entire life, it’s possible you get a non-social chinchilla that may display aggression or non-social behavior towards other chinchillas.