Do Chinchillas Poop A Lot? [Way More Than You Think]

Either you are considering adopting a chinchilla, or you already own one and are a bit shocked by some of your observations in the first few days and you are wondering just how often your chinchilla is going to poop on a daily basis.

I have been raising a chinchilla now for 5 years and on the topic of poop, I can tell you quite a bit.

Do chinchillas poop a lot?

After owning a chinchilla and my fair share of cage cleanings, here is what I can tell you on the subject.

So, do chinchillas poop a lot? Yes, chinchillas poop a lot. Chinchillas can poop up to 250 times per day. Chinchillas usually poop most of the time that they are awake. Chinchilla poop does not have an odor and is a hard mouse like pellets that are easy to dispose of.

Yep, you read that correctly.

Chinchillas can poop up to 250x per day!

It may sound like a lot, but really, it’s not.

My chinchilla’s cage is never out of control dirty, and I’ve never had an issue with my chinchilla pooping non-stop.

I’ve also never had any issues with the poop causing my chinchilla to stink or impacting her overall hygiene.

I wanted to take some time here today and explain what I mean and why it’s nothing to make a big deal over.


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More About Chinchilla Poop and Frequency

Like I stated before, chinchillas do poop extremely frequently, but the fantastic news for all of you who own chinchillas or who are considering adopting a chinchilla is the fact that the poop doesn’t smell.

Not even a little.

In fact, overall chinchillas are odorless animals.

Additionally, although chinchillas poop frequently or what most would consider a lot, it is extremely easy to clean up.

What I am trying to say is simple.

Yes, chinchillas poop a lot but it will not stress you in any fashion or cause much of a clean-up task on your end.

Provide them with a dust bath, and you have basically met all the hygiene needs for a chinchilla to remain clean and not putting off any odors around you or in your home.

Except for a cage cleaning of course but I will touch on that more in just a few minutes.

Is Chinchilla Poop Easy to Clean Up?

Yes, chinchilla poop is extremely easy to clean up.

You can sweep it, vacuum it, grab it, or use whatever method you choose to clean up and dispose of chinchilla poop.

Depending on where I allow my chinchilla out for playtime, I typically just sweep it up or vacuum it up.

It takes about 3 minutes, and you’re done.

Chinchilla poop resembles mouse poop.

It’s just tiny hard little pellets that carry no odor.

When you have your chinchilla out for playtime it’s likely he or she will poop 15-20 times in the area you are playing just in the small amount of time that they are out.

They have tiny little digestive systems, and when it’s time to let a pellet loose, they don’t have any fear of doing so no matter who is around or who is watching.

It’s just the way it is.

Let your chinchilla out in a chinchilla proofed room and keep a dustpan nearby and you will not have anything to worry about.

Do Chinchillas Throw Poop?

Yes, a chinchilla may throw their poop but the reason they are throwing their poop is hard to pinpoint.

Most chinchilla owners state that their chinchilla will throw poop every now and then when they are frustrated.

Yes, my friends, chinchilla’s have emotions.

A chinchilla can even get bored.

So, if you do not want to find out about your chinchilla throwing poop be sure to spend time learning how to get them in and out of the cage for playtime.

Learn to spend time and socialize with them.

Ultimately, this should help keep your chinchilla happy.

While there is no guarantee that this will prevent your chinchilla from ever throwing poop, it is about the only advice I can give on the topic because I do not have a ton of experience with my chinchilla when it comes to throwing poop.

My chinchilla doesn’t throw her poop.

At least I haven’t seen her do it so if she is throwing her poop, it is either when I am not paying attention or when I am not in the room.

Will Poop Get Out of The Chinchilla Cage?

Yes, this does happen but not because your chinchilla is throwing the poop.

Most of that time at least.

Shavings, food pellets, poop pellets, and even a little hay can find itself making its way out of the cage liner from time to time.

This is simply because of the position or what your chinchilla is doing during the time that they poop.

I have shelves for my chinchilla to jump on all over my cage.

If a lot of poop is in the cage on shelves or even on fleece liners it is easy for the lightweight poop to get thrown around and thrown out of the cage.

My recommendation is to consider adding scatter guards to the cage (Link to Amazon)

This will eliminate a lot of the poop and other items that find a way to fall out of the cage.

I’ve noticed when she’s on the higher shelves or in a playful mood and poops that sometimes these make it through the grate of the cage because of her motion or the way she has her butt positioned near the cage wall when she decided to let is loose.

Again, we aren’t talking about wet stinky poop here such as diarrhea.

It is a tiny little nugget.

Grab a broom or vacuum, and the problem is solved is in less than 10 seconds.

Trust me, I’ve cleaned a chinchilla cage and more chinchilla poop than I can count, and it’s never been a daunting task.

It’s always taken me roughly 5-10 minutes to complete a full cage cleaning.

Problem solved.

You should also take a moment to read my post about how to keep chinchilla poop in the cage that you can see here.

Can You Potty Train A Chinchilla?

Yes, you can potty train a chinchilla.

However, you can only potty train a chinchilla to urinate in a litter pan.

Getting your chinchilla to poop in a certain spot will not happen.

Refer to my post about how to potty train a chinchilla here for more information on this topic.

They can recognize their name and their owners and be great loving, friendly pets but you probably won’t be potty training or teaching your chinchilla to poop in one spot of the cage anytime soon.

Is It Normal for Chinchillas to Poop A lot?

Yes, it is normal for chinchillas to poop a lot.

In fact, I’d say if your chinchilla is not pooping for whatever the reason may be, that’s when it’s time to likely see a vet and something may be wrong with your chinchilla.

Chinchillas should frequently be pooping if they are awake.

If you notice the time go by where the cage doesn’t have any poop in the liner or on the shelves or possibly your chinchilla isn’t pooping at all while out for playtime.

You may have an issue and need to consult with a vet about it as soon as possible.

Chinchillas can get sick and usually when they do, it advances rapidly.

So noticing small changes In your chinchilla’s behavior even if it’s something like pooping is essential.

It ensures you are caring for your chinchilla correctly and making sure you stop illness before it has time to become something more serious.

Are Chinchillas Smelly?

No chinchillas are not smelly at all.

I’d argue they are perhaps one of the cleanest, easiest to care for, and non-odor producing pets you can adopt.

I have an entire blog post dedicated to discussing if chinchillas smell that you can see here.

It will give you a full break down of what to expect as far as the odors that a chinchilla can produce.

Overall, I think current chinchilla owners and prospective chinchilla owners would all agree that they are clean, odor free-animals.

That’s always a big positive in my book!

Do Chinchillas Eat Their Poop?

Yes, it is possible that your chinchilla eats its own poop.

The actual act of eating poop is called coprophagy.

In most circumstances, a chinchilla will not eat their poop, but in rare cases when the poop contains undigested nutrients and vitamins, a chinchilla may eat this poop to get the nutrients they need.

The good news is that they don’t do this in a manner that you can physically see.

If the poop hits the floor, they will not eat it.

A chinchilla knows the poop that needs to be re-digested to gain the nutrients and will eat this poop directly from the anus.

If you ever notice your little chinchilla in a bent-over position and coming back up for air chewing or holding something, you have just witnessed your chinchilla eating poop.

Well kind of, but I think you get the picture.

A Lot Of Poop Is Expected with Chinchillas

Well, that’s how it goes folks. Chinchilla’s poop a lot.

It’s just the way of the world, but I do ensure you that it’s not hard to clean up and it doesn’t have an odor.

The fact that chinchilla poops often should never have you turned away from considering adopting one.

They are one of the easiest, friendly, loving pets you can adopt.

In fact, you can see my post here.

It details 9 fantastic reasons why chinchillas make the ultimate pet for any family.

Once you get used to the small things like how often chinchillas’ poop and what these scenarios look like, you will never look back and regret the decision of adopting a chinchilla.

At least that’s been the story for me anyways.

Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchillas and the journey you have ahead of you.

What’s your experience with chinchillas and their poop?

Do you have any stories you can share about your chinchilla and their pooping habits?

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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