Do Chinchillas Recognize Their Owners?[Bonding, Cuddling + Tips]

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Many chinchillas’ owners spend a lot of time loving and showing affection toward there furry friends. It’s natural to wonder what your chinchilla is thinking and if they love you back.

For me, I always curious about one thing.

Do Chinchillas recognize their owners? Here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, do chinchillas recognize their owners? Yes, chinchillas recognize their owners. Chinchillas can live up to 20 years. Over time your chinchillas learn your smell and voice. Many chinchillas’ owners state that their chinchilla will greet them enthusiastically and act happier when they around.

I’m sure you have a few more questions about your chinchilla and your relationship and how it can begin to flourish even more.

Let’s dive into some specifics about how chinchillas interact and grow to recognize their owners.

Your Chinchilla Recognizes You, Loves You and Will Bond With You

Many chinchilla owners also state and have confidence that their chinchillas also grow accustomed to there voice which is step 1 for your chinchilla beginning to recognize you as the owner.

Some chinchillas will even stop obnoxious behaviors at there owners command.

If you are curious about a chinchillas behavior and temperament in general, you can see my post here.

Many chinchillas will also act completely different when their owners are in the room as opposed to when others are around such as family our friends.

This is not something to fear.

Even if it’s family and friends around, chinchillas are naturally friendly in most circumstances.

You don’t need to worry about your chinchilla biting another individual.

This is a big reason chinchillas make such fantastic pets which is a question that comes up often.

For the sake of time, I dedicated a post discussing this matter. You can read about if chinchillas make good pets here.

Chinchillas build a bond over time with there owners.

That’s for sure.

Chinchillas are also known to love some good old fashion cuddling and being closely held.

However, not all chinchillas enjoy this as much as other chinchillas. Some chinchillas, depending on where you purchased or adopted them from, may be less social.

This can have a lot to do with how much your chinchilla was socialized with other humans and other chinchillas from the day they were born.

Chinchilla Love Their Owners and Other Chinchillas

Chinchillas not only love you, but they love each other.

They prefer to be with other chinchillas (or at least one) when possible.

It’s not always necessarily about bonding with you or the owner but ensuring that your chinchilla has someone or another chinchilla mate to bond with and he or she will be perfectly happy.

Understanding If Chinchillas Wants to Be Held, Do Chinchillas Cuddle?

Chinchillas are timid in nature and very shy in some situations and in other cases, they may love cuddling and interacting with individuals as we stated before.

We discussed how they can begin to warm up to you slowly, but it does take time.

It’s also rare that you find a chinchilla that will be a complete cuddle bug from day one.

Most chinchillas will never reach a stage where they are a big-time cuddle type animal but after some time and bonding with your chinchilla, it is entirely possible that you get one that wants to snug up from time to time and show you some love.

In the beginning, don’t worry about forcing this bond or striving to make your chinchilla recognize you as the owner.

Your goal is to provide a safe environment, feed your chinchilla and provide an environment that consists of ideal temperatures to keep your chinchilla comfortable and not in danger of a heat stroke or other health hazards.

Additionally, always remember that if you plan to pair chinchillas, you need to provide adequate space or a large enough cage.

Understanding Chinchillas Will Build The Bond Even Further

Although chinchillas love a cage mate, they also love their own space, room to jump and climb and separate hiding boxes for safe areas.

You can see my post about how and why chinchillas climb here.

Additionally, you can read my post about if chinchillas can jump here.

The cage of choice for me to do this successfully would be the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon).

If this isn’t quite the cage for you, I recommend visiting my blog post detailing the 3 Best Chinchilla Cages here.

It not only breaks down each of the three cages but gives you different options based on size, budget, and preference.

Not to mention I spent my own money (testing the cages) to create the most detailed resource possible to ensure you find the best home for your new chinchilla which is a sure-fire way to build the bond and keep your chinchilla happy.

Not to toot my own horn of course. Anyways, back on topic.

Although I don’t have a 2nd chinchilla at this time, this cage is plenty large enough and gives adequate space for 1 or two chinchillas. It’s a great set-up but other options certainly exist as well.

On the other hand, remember never to force socialization with other chinchillas or overstep your boundaries with your chinchilla if it takes time for your chinchilla to warm up to you.

Don’t be discouraged, some chinchillas don’t even like to be held until you are very comfortable and warmed up to each other.

Finding the next cuddling machine chinchilla is a lot of luck, patience and bonding time required before you reach that stage of the relationship, but it definitely can happen.

It’s also definitely worth it when this does finally take place.

It’s a great feeling.

For my chinchilla, this took about ten days of adjusting to sounds, smells, and the environment.

I didn’t rush it and just waited for the magic to happen.

Well, it did happen and owning a chinchilla has been a fantastic experience thus far.

Do Chinchillas Bond with Their Owners?

You bet. Chinchillas can become quite affectionate toward their owners and prefer to be shown attention and love.

The biggest problem you run into with these bonding times is that they can often be during odd hours due to how chinchillas sleep and how many hours chinchillas typically sleep.

At night, your chinchilla will be a completely different story.

You can read my post about what chinchillas do at night here for more details.

During the day, chinchillas enjoy just taking it easy and snoozing on and off during the daylight hours.

When the sun goes down however and you’re in the mood for it, you can get some high-quality bonding time in with your chinchilla.

It’s even been shown that bonding and building trust with your chinchilla can reduce the chances of your chinchilla ever biting you again.

Heck, my chinchilla has never attempted to bite me.

I’m a firm believer that a well-socialized chinchilla will not bite unless extremely fearful or irritated by something you are doing or another friend or family owner is doing.

Do Chinchillas Get Attached to Their Owners?

Yes, chinchillas can get attached to you.

Unfortunately, when it comes to strangers and other people trying to hold and pet your chinchilla, they may often be skid dish or timid.

Be careful allowing others to hold your chinchilla because of this fact.

It’s not that they will bite but they may attempt to flee or runoff.

If you don’t have a chinchilla proofed room, they may find a way to chew wires or find other danger.

Make sure individuals handling your chinchilla are familiar with best practices and at least understand how to pick up and hold a chinchilla properly.

The base of the tail technique can be a great beginners method to teach family and friends who won’t handle your chinchilla frequently.

Chinchillas take some time warm-up and get use their owners.

Before that period happens, don’t be surprised if they are tough to get much interaction and calm petting sessions in.

Don’t worry it won’t be long until your chinchilla is begging for some attention.

Just try and not let them wake you up to get it!

Do Chinchillas Know Their Name?

I’m sure many chinchilla owners are frustrated and confused about this question. Do chinchillas know their names?

Yes, over time, your chinchilla will learn its name after hearing it enough times. To speed up the process you can treat your chinchilla just like a pet dog. The more you say the chinchilla’s name, the faster it will learn it and recognize his or her name when you say it.

Don’t get too excited, however, your chinchilla isn’t going to pick up many other tricks as a dog could.

Keep saying your chinchilla’s name, however, and you will begin noticing your chinchilla looking up at you before you know it when you say his or her name.

Outside of this positive skill that your chinchilla learn, the most likely skill they can also learn will be learning to pee in a litter box or becoming potty trained in this fashion.

Outside of this, it’s tough to teach your chinchilla many tricks or commands.

That’s been my experience thus far at least.

Final Word, Chinchillas Learn to Love and Recognize Their Owners

Chinchillas are quite fun and interactive pets to have around. They can even be great to have for the kids. Although they are shy and timid in the beginning, don’t worry.

It won’t be long until your chinchilla is recognizing your voice, smell and the call of his or her name.

At this point, I think it’s safe to assume your chinchilla recognizes you as the owner.

Chinchillas love the affection and the attention so give them plenty of it.

In case, I didn’t quite cover all the questions you may have, be sure to check out the related questions below!

With the long life spans of chinchillas, it’s easy for them to get attached to their owners quickly.

Over time you will share an unforgettable bond and your chinchilla will become a member of the family just like any other favorite pets that we frequently adopt.

Thanks for reading and see you next time! I appreciate you.

Related Questions

Do Chinchillas Need A Friend?

In the wild chinchillas tend to run live in larger groups. At one point, chinchillas were targeted for their fur.  They learned to adapt and have been known to travel together in large groups.

Chinchillas are flexible with the options but chinchillas are very social and prefer to have a cage mate or another chinchilla around when possible. Especially if you can’t always get your chinchilla out for dedicated playtime.

You can have opposite sex chinchillas together or the same sex chinchillas together.

If however, your chinchilla is on its own, be sure to take some time each day to show some love and affections towards your chinchilla to avoid him or her getting lonely and frustrated.

The last thing we want is our chinchillas getting angry and throwing it’s poop around.

Yes, it can happen.

Make some time for your chinchilla even if that’s just 1 extra dust bath per week to keep your chin clean and smell free! (chinchillas don’t really smell regardless but you get the idea)

If given the option and the budget allows for it, always try and keep the chinchillas in pairs.

It’s good for them which in return will ultimately be the best thing for you as well.

Let’s just keep everyone happy!

This also can help greatly in situations where you may have to leave your chinchilla alone for the day or from time to time.

Do Chinchillas Like to Live Alone?

No, chinchillas would prefer a mate or companion to live with. If that’s not possible, refer to the paragraph above and be sure to show love and attention to your chinchilla to ensure that he or she isn’t getting too lonely or frustrated hanging out all alone each day.

Just be sure to set aside just a little bit of time each day to get your chinchilla out and play around for a bit. They will love you for it.

Do Chinchillas Die from Loneliness?

No, your chinchilla won’t die from being lonely, but your chinchilla can experience other health-related problems if a companion dies or is removed from the home.

Most commonly, chinchillas going through the morning and depressed phase will experience dental problems including burred teeth among other things such as.

  • Digestive Issues
  • Parasites
  • Low Mobility and Exercise

Are Chinchillas Better Alone or In Pairs?

Chinchillas when possible should be kept together. Pairs of 2 are ideal. If you want to breed your chinchillas, you can consider having opposite-sex pairs of chinchillas but if you intend on never breeding them, stick to same-sex pairs.

Chinchillas love the company, love to play and even love to sleep next to one another.

It’s not necessarily an excuse for you not show affection to your chinchilla but with a companion in the cage, it pulls some of the weight of your shoulders and removes some of the needy attention that you would need to show him or her on your own.

Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 1 year old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know.

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