Do Chinchillas Get Bored? [Yes, + How to Avoid It]

Owning a chinchilla is a unique experience.

If you have decided to take the journey and adopt a chinchilla, you likely have a lot of questions on hundreds of different topics.

A chinchillas behavior is always a topic of interest and concern in the early or pre-adoption phases.

In the beginning, for me, I had a simple question that I was worried about.

I was worried that my chinchilla simply didn’t have enough to do to remain mentally stimulated.

It led me to a common question.

Do chinchillas get bored?

After several years of owning my chinchilla, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, do chinchillas get bored? Yes, chinchillas get bored. Chinchillas need mental and physical activity to remain happy and healthy. Chinchillas need items to chew to avoid becoming destructive or restless. Without the proper accessories inside of the cage and socialization, a chinchilla will get bored.

That’s the quick answer to the question at hand.

It’s also vital that you understand how to accommodate a chinchilla and ensure that they don’t get bored.

Don’t worry, it’s not overly complicated and can certainly be done.

That’s what the rest of this post is designed to break down for you.

In fact, I’ve created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire or need to learn more about.


Here is what I plan on breaking down for you today:

As I mentioned previously, if you are in a hurry or need only limited information, feel free to use the links directly above to skip to any section of this post that you desire to learn more about.

Otherwise, relax for just a few minutes, and I’ll break down the essential information you need to know on this topic.

Do Chinchillas Get Bored?

Alright, so let’s cover this topic in-depth, my fellow chinchilla owners.

It’s a super valid question and ethical to ask this question in the first place.

The answer is a resounding yes.

Chinchillas get bored, and they can get bored relatively quickly.

It’s essential to understand this because most destructive or even harmful behavior can come purely from boredom with chinchillas.

For the sake of this topic and the lesson I’m preaching, let’s stick with boredom your chinchilla may encounter inside of their cage.

Not, out of the cage during playtime.

And yes, your chinchilla will undoubtedly get bored inside of their cage.

Let’s move into discussing how you can go about ensuring your chinchilla remains mentally and physically stimulated in their new habitat and their new home.

How Do I Keep My Chinchilla Entertained?

It’s not overly difficult to keep your chinchilla entertained.

It takes a small amount of effort to ensure that you provide social time with your chinchilla and ensuring that your chinchilla has the correct habitat put together.

This simply means that your job is ensuring that your chinchilla has an awesome chinchilla cage.

This also means that you need to load the chinchilla cage with all the best and necessary accessories inside of the cage.

Chinchillas love the ability to jump and climb.

Especially during certain times of the day.

So, what items do you need inside of the cage to get this done and to keep your chinchilla entertained?

Lucky for you, I’ve decided to make a quick list of the items that you should be purchasing for your chinchilla in the early phases.

You can click any of the items to learn more about my recommendations or to view your options.

Here is a look at them:

  • Nesting Box (This gives your chinchilla space to sleep and feel safe)
  • Hammock (A Secondary Sleeping Spot)
  • Plenty of Chew Sticks (Prevents boredom and promotes healthy teeth filing)
  • Hanging Chew Toys
  • Ledges (This supports the ability to allow your chinchilla to jump and climb)
  • A Large and Tall Cage (Chinchillas need vertical space) See Critter Nation Review Here.
  • Tunnels (extra items to play with)
  • Additional Hiding Boxes
  • Chinchilla wheels (See my recommendations here)

Having the items listed above can go a long way towards ensuring that you keep your chinchilla active and with plenty to do inside of the cage.

What Can Chinchillas Do for Fun?

Chinchillas have unique personality characteristics.

However, they don’t do anything too crazy to have fun and to stay occupied.

For the most part, and I’m sure most other chinchilla owners would agree, you need a tall and large chinchilla cage to satisfy your chinchilla.

They love the ability to act in the same manner they would in the wild.

They need to be able to hop from ledge to ledge and climb freely.

Outside of climbing and jumping, chinchillas are chewers.

Not ensuring you have plenty of the ideal chew sticks can cause a chinchilla to chew on other items in the cage that you may not want to see chewed.

Items such as the fleece liners, the cage bars, or other things that you prefer not to see damaged.

Ensure the Chinchilla Cage is Built for Activity

This refers to a lot of what we have already discussed, but it’s still important that we touch on this one more time.

When purchasing the accessories for your chinchilla’s cage, such as ledges and tunnels, be sure to structure the cage in a manner that allows them to move around freely and have fun.

This is one of the biggest reasons as to why you hear so many chinchilla owners and advocates plead their case about using larger cages.

Place ledges on each level, place some form of structure on each platform, and have plenty of safe and chewable toys throughout the cage.

Now, let’s chat about how no accessories or toys can substitute for time out of the cage interacting with you.

Don’t Forget Bonding and Play Time

Bonding and playtime with your chinchilla can’t be substituted with any accessories.

Most recommend at least a little bit of time out of the cage each day.

While this is the best practice, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t miss days from time to time.

Nonetheless, one way to prevent boredom with a chinchilla is to simply take the time to interact with your chinchilla when you can.

Get them out of the cage in a chinchilla proofed room and begin interacting with them.

Allow them to run around and be crazy for 30-60 minutes and return them to the cage.

You can also use their time out of the cage to ensure you provide a much-needed dust bath.

Do Chinchillas Watch TV?

This is the last quick question I’ve seen arise recently that I wanted to touch on when it comes to chinchilla boredom and how to prevent it.

Do chinchillas watch tv?

Yes, a chinchilla will stare or look at a tv. However, a chinchilla shouldn’t be entertained by a tv. A chinchilla still needs time to socialize and still needs a cage and accessories that accommodate their needs.

A tv should not ever be used as a substitute for either of these necessities.

Final Thoughts

Sometimes it’s hard to know if a chinchilla is truly happy or not.

They have a personality that can make it tough to read their minds at times.

However, providing the basics and the best care possible can surely go a long way towards ensuring that your chinchilla is not getting bored or destructive.

Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming journey.

Share Your Thoughts

What accessories and activities do you implement into your routine to ensure your chinchilla is staying entertained and not getting too bored?

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

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading and will see 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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