Do Chinchillas Fight? [Sometimes + How to Avoid It]

When deciding to adopt a chinchilla, it’s a common thought to consider adopting two so that your new pet has a companion.

However, it’s also essential to understand what to expect if you do decide to adopt two chinchillas and keep them in the same cage.

With that in mind, I wanted to cover a common question in this post today.

Do chinchillas fight?

Here is what I can tell you on this specific question.

So, do chinchillas fight? Yes, chinchillas will fight. Chinchillas will fight for a variety of reasons. A male chinchilla may fight with a female chinchilla when a female chinchilla is in season to show dominance. Pairing male and female chinchillas is the best way to reduce fighting, but fighting and aggressive behavior may still occur.

I’m sure that may have some of you concerned that if you decide to house 2 chinchillas together, that you would need to worry about the possibility of reproduction taking place.

Luckily, that’s what I plan on detailing for you in today’s brief post.

Below, you will see links that break down what I plan to cover.

Feel free to use any of them to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.

do-chinchillas-fight

Here is today’s breakdown for you:

As stated previously, if you need to skip around in this post or have limited time to read, feel free to use the links directly above to navigate around quickly.

Otherwise, stick around for a few minutes and I’ll break down everything you need to know when it comes to chinchillas fighting and how to handle it effectively.

Do Chinchillas Fight?

As stated previously, yes, chinchilla’s can and will fight under certain circumstances.

One of the problems that can arise from two chinchilla fighting is the potential for injury and the potential for harm that can be caused.

Chinchillas have long and extremely sharp teeth.

Additionally, chinchillas have very strong jaws.

Sharp teeth plus a strong jaw is a recipe for injury when two chinchillas do decide to go at it or fight.

It can cause wounds, fur pulled, or more damaging injuries.

It’s essential to ensure that if you ever notice something like this that you act quickly and separate the two chinchillas.

This will help prevent it from happening in the future and to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Signs to Look for To Spot Fighting Before It Occurs

The first thing you need to understand as a new chinchilla owner is that you may not be familiar with every sound or form of body language chinchilla may exhibit.

Understanding a chinchilla’s behavior goes a long way.

Sure, you can read about it online such as blog posts on this website, but it doesn’t truly take place or come to full understanding until years of owning your own chinchilla or multiple chinchillas.

So, how do you spot signs of stress or signs that your chinchillas may be getting ready to fight?

Well, one way to notice is if you check on your chinchillas and notice that your chinchilla has slipped fur or is missing any fur on their body.

This indicates that the other chinchilla likely either decided to bite them or scratch at them.

Secondly, if you are noticing the chinchillas standing on their hind legs in a fighting stance, this can be a sure sign to separate the two chinchillas and interrupt whatever is about to take place.

Often, a chinchilla may even bark or make other noises to indicate that they are in the mood to attack.

Sometimes, simple observation is all you will be capable of doing once two chinchillas are housed together until you know for sure that you have two chinchillas fighting or living together that do not get along.

Now, let’s assume that you know for sure that you have two chinchillas that have either fought previously or you know you are preparing to do so.

What’s next, and what can you do as the owner?

Here are the details you need to know on this topic.

How Do I Stop My Chinchillas from Fighting?

This may sound like a daunting task, but in all honesty, the solution is simple.

Separate your two chinchillas for a brief period to stop chinchillas from fighting.

Now, I have two suggestions that can work for this.

Option 1-Pick the Perfect Cage at The Beginning for 2 Chinchillas

First, when you adopt your chinchillas, purchase a cage such as the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon).

I recommend this for a few reasons.

First and foremost, it’s large enough for 2 chinchillas to live happily together, and it’s one of the best cages you can purchase in general.

Secondly, the dual-level Critter Nation has 2 sections that can be separated if need be.

Simply pop the top section off the cage and close the doors, and you now have two separate cages.

These cages are not wire bottom cages and are most ideal if you decide to use fleece liners as your bedding option.

It’s personally the set-up I use and what I recommend.

You can view the exact fleece liners I use for my cage here (Link to Amazon)

You can also view my full review of the Critter Nation 2 cage here.

Option 2- For Separating 2 Chinchillas

Next, if you don’t have this option or a cage that can accommodate so easily, simply use something like a travel case to remove one chinchilla from the cage.

Sometimes, you only need to separate your chinchillas for a short amount of time for the mental state to change entirely.

Especially for 2 chinchillas that are well bonded and typically don’t have issues with fighting.

Enjoy 30-60 minutes of playtime with the chinchilla you removed from the cage and then place them back together and keep an eye on them.

Either way, if you are sure a fight is about to happen, you must act in some fashion to ensure that it doesn’t cause injuries or other possible issues that can arise from 2 chinchillas having a boxing match with each other.

Recognizing the Difference Between Fighting and Playing

Now, you have another issue to deal with when it comes to chinchillas fighting.

Sometimes, what may look like fighting is nothing more than casual playing and having some fun with each other.

Very similar to two dogs playing but growling while doing so.

It can be confusing and make you want to intervene immediately.

The best thing you can do to improve this situation is to recognize the difference between what is taking place.

Typically, if 2 chinchillas are playing and not fighting, you will notice the chinchillas displaying a few different forms of body language.

One of which we already discussed previously.

If one chinchilla or both chinchillas are standing on their hind legs, this can indicate that they are preparing to fight or attempting to intimidate the other chinchilla.

If you notice this, it’s best to separate the two chinchillas as soon as possible.

Keep in mind, most of the aggressive behaviors won’t display until the chinchillas have grown to full size.

When chinchillas are kits, they don’t tend to display aggressive behavior, and if you notice them interacting in this fashion, it’s almost always going to be in a playing fashion.

Outside of these recommendations, your best course of action is to simply pay attention and make sure that you are keeping your chinchillas out of harm’s way.

Doing so is the best way to provide ethical care for your chinchillas.

Getting Your Chinchillas to Like Each Other and Proper Bonding

Here’s where a bit of work and patience, in the beginning, can really pay off when you own 2 chinchillas or more.

Have patience in the beginning.

Chinchillas need time to adjust to each other.

It’s typically recommended that you allow 2 chinchilla’s to bond and get used to each other by placing 2 cages next to one another or face to face for the initial days.

Let your chinchillas interact and communicate in this fashion in the beginning phases before allowing them to live together.

Allow them to get used to the smells of one another in addition to other behaviors each chinchilla possesses.

Once this process begins showing signs that they are comfortable in this fashion, begin allowing them out together for playtime.

This is a great way to ensure that you can supervise during their first face to face interaction with one another.

I recommend using the Pop-Up Animal Play Tent to make this strategy even more effective.

Here’s why.

The pop-up animal play tent allows for a closer space for you and your chinchillas to interact.

Yes, my friends, there is plenty of room for you and both chinchillas to sit inside of the animal playpen.

I think it’s an excellent tool and way to get your chinchillas in a space that forces them to get to know each other much faster.

Not to mention, you get to enjoy the bonus of your chinchillas closely interacting and learning to bond with you as well.

In my opinion, for the price, it’s one of the first things all chinchilla owners need to invest in regardless of how great of a play area you have set up and proofed for your chinchillas.

If you decide you don’t prefer using it after the initial bonding phases, that’s no issue at all.

I’m merely recommending using it in the beginning to get your chinchillas used to each other and comfortable with being held and handled by you as the owner.

Here’s the exact pop-up animal play tent I’ve been using for more than 3 years. (Link to Amazon)

Can Chinchillas Kill Each Other?

Technically yes.

Chinchillas can kill each other, but it’s not very likely.

In fact, it’s a common myth that has been spread that males should not be housed with other males, and females should not be housed with females due to fighting and the chance of death.

This is not true.

It takes proper introductions and the appropriate bonding phase I’ve covered previously in this post, but outside of that, most chinchillas will be very happy having a cage mate of either sex.

It’s more preference on if you are willing to risk breeding.

So, let me try and rephrase and the question one more time in a direct manner.

Can chinchillas kill each other? Yes, chinchillas can kill each other. It’s unlikely that two chinchillas would kill each other or attempt to cause harm to one another if they have been properly introduced and bonded in the appropriate fashion.

Is It Always Better to Have Two Chinchillas?

This is the last question that I wanted to cover in today’s post.

The primary reason I’m interested in covering this specific question is that I also believe this is a common myth that has been spread when it comes to owning or adopting a chinchilla.

Everyone tends to believe that if you don’t adopt 2 or have multiple chinchillas that they can’t live long and happy lives.

This is not true, and plenty of individuals opt to only adopt one chinchilla.

It really comes down to you and the care you provide.

If you want only 1 chinchilla, you need to ensure you have time to spend time with them at least for a few minutes each day.

Chinchillas are social creatures, and if they don’t have a cage mate, they are still perfectly happy interacting with you.

Just ensure you provide it.

It’s also possible that you own a chinchilla that prefers the cage to themselves, and they are not as social as another chinchilla.

It really depends.

Nonetheless, if you don’t feel as if you have the time to spend with your new furry friend every day, it’s probably best to consider adopting a cage mate soon.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, yes, it’s completely possible that 2 chinchillas will fight.

I’ve seen it, and I’ve personally been to a local breeder to witness her methods and protocol for separating and monitoring chinchillas that encounter these aggressive behaviors.

Sometimes it’s nothing more than a mood swing, and it will pass, and sometimes it will require a separation of the two chinchillas.

Nonetheless, active observation and paying attention will be plenty enough to ensure you keep your chinchillas remain out of harm’s way and living happily with one another.

Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading and wish you the best of luck with your new chinchillas.

Share Your Thoughts

What experience do you have with 2 chinchillas fighting?

How did you handle it, and what would you do differently?

Be sure to share those thoughts, concerns, and stories by dropping a comment below.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and we will catch you next time.

Related Chinchilla Topics You May Enjoy

In case you didn’t get all the information you needed on this post, I’ve placed a few closely related topics and posts I’ve put together for you directly below.

Simply use the links to read those other posts on my Planet Chinchilla:

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"

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Content