Chinchillas have as much personality as any other pet you could ever adopt.
That’s for sure.
However, anytime you have a new family pet with this much personality, sometimes other behaviors and certain temperaments may show their ugly faces.
Jealousy is undoubtedly one of these behaviors that you may encounter one day, and it’s a question many chinchilla owners frequently have.
Do chinchillas get jealous?
I’ve seen about every behavior possible with my chinchilla at this point, and here’s what I can tell you on this topic.
So, do chinchilla get jealous? Yes, chinchillas can get jealous. Introducing another chinchilla or changing their environment rapidly may cause jealousy. It’s possible to notice your chinchilla displaying odd behaviors when jealous such as fur pulling and acting much more anti-social than usual.
I do have some recommendations and further information I can share on this topic with you.
That’s what the rest of this post will encompass.
Chinchilla jealousy and how to handle it.
Recognizing these specific attitude changes and behaviors will ultimately make you an expert at proving the best care possible for your chinchilla.
I’ve also 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’s what on my lesson plan for the day:
- Understanding Chinchilla Jealousy
- More Anti-Social Behaviors
- Time Will Pass and the Jealousy Will Fade
- Remember These Few Tips
- Final Thoughts
If you’re in a hurry, feel free to use the links above.
If you are not in a hurry, take the 3-minutes necessary to learn all about chinchilla jealousy and how to recognize it.
Here’s what you need to know.
Understanding Chinchilla Jealousy
To recap, yes, chinchillas can certainly get jealous.
Much like any other family pet, including cats and dogs.
Over the course of time, they adapt to routines and adjust to their environments.
When you create a major shift in this routine or the amount of affection offered to a chinchilla or even another pet, it’s 100% possible that your chinchilla will get jealous.
The behaviors your chinchilla decides to display can vary, but here’s a quick snapshot of some of the humorous and/or frustrating behaviors your chinchilla may do when they become jealous.
Fur Biting- Fur biting occurs for several reasons with chinchillas such as stress.
However, after running a quick pole with other chin owners using online communities and witnessing this behavior myself, I think it’s safe to say that jealousy can certainly spark this behavior.
Poop Throwing- Yes, unfortunately, jealousy or frustration from a chinchilla can result in them grabbing those hard-little poop pellets.
Unfortunately, if your chinchilla is jealous, this behavior could last for quite some time, considering they poop over 250 times per day.
I don’t think they will be running out of pellets to throw anytime soon.
Get the shop vacuum out!
More Anti-Social Behaviors and Jealousy with Chinchillas
This behavior from a jealous chinchilla is the one that concerns me the most.
Mainly because this is a different attitude to witness and can indicate several things.
I don’t like being in situations where I don’t know exactly what’s going on with my chin.
In these situations, where you believe your chinchilla is frustrated or jealous of a second chinchilla, be sure to interact to keep them happy and socialized.
Not doing so could result in the situation getting worse or you dealing with a potentially depressed chinchilla.
Nobody wants that.
If the behavior persists, don’t hesitate to speak to a vet to ensure something more serious isn’t taking place.
Time Will Pass and the Jealousy Will Fade
Naturally, running a blog based on chinchillas allows me to interact with chinchilla owners daily.
My own experience with chinchillas, in addition to wise individuals who have taught me plenty, has allowed me to afford you one piece of advice on this topic.
The jealousy will pass if that’s, in fact, what’s going on.
Chinchillas can have quite the attitude at times or can even be more “mean” when they experience change or something, they weren’t quite prepared for.
In most situations, jealousy will only occur after introducing a new chin.
Proper bonding and compatibility can often take weeks to accomplish.
Even once you have established the bond and can now successfully place both chinchillas together, it does not mean that the first chinchilla won’t exhibit some jealous behavior when out for playtime.
The behavior could be the cold shoulder or even some light nipping on your clothing out of anger.
Don’t worry about it, and don’t let it phase you.
Simply ensure you are providing the ethical care and still showing love and affection towards your chin or chins, and you will be just fine.
Remember These Few Tips
Chinchillas are unique in the way they decide to behave sometimes.
One of the big keys I like to point out is never to assume you understand what’s going on if you have made a change in your chin’s life.
It’s easy to jump to a conclusion such as jealousy, anger, or playful behaviors, but make sure you keep an eye on the behavior and the situation for at least a few days from when you begin noticing it.
I haven’t personally run into a plethora of concerns with my chinchilla over the first few years.
At first, I thought I knew what was going on with everything and that I knew it all.
It wasn’t until turning to others with the knowledge that I truly could understand what was taking place with my chinchilla.
In plain English…
Trust other chinchilla owners, trust friends who own chins and trust resources, and communities online to help guide you if you notice significant shifts in your chinchillas’ attitude or behavior.
It’s always better safe than sorry.
Overall, chinchillas are one of the easiest pets to own and care for.
Not to mention, they are certainly one of the cheapest pets you can own (not to brag)
However, you always must remember that chinchillas are extremely intelligent.
They can surely give you a run for your money with their attitudes and behaviors from time to time.
If you believe your chinchilla is acting jealous, treat them like you would treat a 2-year-old child.
Give them what they want.
There is no point in disciplining a chinchilla, and they won’t understand anyway.
Show it to them and watch the jealousy disappear.
Your Turn to Add Value to The Planet Chinchilla Community.
Listen, while I’m one of few that take the time to share my journey with all of you, I’m certainly not the only person knowledgeable on this topic.
In fact, many chinchilla owners often teach me valuable lessons on specific topics.
Don’t let this be any different.
What’s your experience with a jealous chinchilla?
What caused the jealousy, and how did you handle it?
How long did it take for the jealousy to go away?
Be sure to share your thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.
As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading.
Thanks again, and we will see you next time.