If you have decided that you want to adopt a chinchilla, but you are unsure of where you should be looking, I’ve been there in the exact same position and honestly couldn’t find the best answers and was not sure if stores like PetSmart and Petco were viable options to adopt a chinchilla.
While some chinchilla forums and communities lean towards adopting a chinchilla from a local breeder, others recommend using a local PetSmart or Petco to adopt your new chinchilla.
In all honesty, A few years back, during the research phase, I was clueless.
This led me to make this specific post to detail the answer as best as possible on the topic for all of you.
Does PetSmart Sell Chinchillas?
After going through the process and frustration myself, here’s what I can tell you on this topic.
So, does PetSmart sell chinchillas? Yes, PetSmart sells chinchillas. PetSmart will not have a large selection of chinchillas available at any given time, and the chinchillas cost $150.00 if adopted from PetSmart.
If you are anything like me, that answer only provided you with about 20% of the information you want to know.
Luckily, as I stated previously, I’ve been through it, I’ve been frustrated, and I have been raising a chinchilla for the past 5 years, so I’m confident I know the other information you are looking for.
Even more good news.
That’s what the rest of this post is designed to cover and break down for you.
I want you to not only know your adoption options but the facts behind the different paths you can take and what to watch for during the adoption phase whether or not you choose to use PetCo, PetSmart, or a local breeder near you.
- Purchasing Chinchillas at PetSmart or Other Pet Stores
- Explaining The Adoption Process For Chinchillas from PetSmart
- You Can Adopt A Chinchilla From Pet Smart and Petco But You Have Other Options
As stated previously, if you need to rush through this post or only need specific information, feel free to skip around inside of the post to get the information you need.
Also, please don’t neglect to use any of the linked text throughout the article that will navigate you to another helpful post I have on this site.
My goal is to help all chinchilla owners understand their options and how to take care of a chinchilla in the best fashion possible.
Here are the details that you need to know.
Purchasing Chinchillas at PetSmart, Petco And Other Pet Stores
So, to recap, yes, you can buy a chinchilla at PetSmart.
You can purchase a chinchilla from PetSmart or Petco.
They are a rodent growing in popularity and finding them is relatively easy using a local breeder or a pet store.
As far as cost goes, you are looking at about $150.00 to purchase a chinchilla from one of the pet stores locally.
One of the most significant problems I encountered when trying to do was the availability.
They sell fast when they are in stock, and the Pet Stores tend only to keep about 1-4 on hand at maximum.
My advice would be to contact your local pet store in advance.
Ask if they are willing to do anything, such as give you a call or place you on a waiting list informing you of when they do get a chinchilla in stock.
A lot of individuals often tend to ask, how old are the chinchillas at PetSmart?
The good news is that the chinchillas sold at PetSmart or even Petco are young.
They are not baby chinchillas.
They are certainly still capable of being socialized and can learn to enjoy being held.
Typically, not too many weeks removed from their mother, which is excellent for adopting young and having time to mold them into being more social with family and yourself as the owner.
Most of the time this will be about 9-10 weeks of age.
Now that we know that we can, in fact, use the local pet stores such as PetSmart and Petco to our advantage to adopt a chinchilla, let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of doing so.
Explaining The Adoption Process For Chinchillas from PetSmart
Please note, that any of this information I’m about to provide does not in any way mean not to adopt a chinchilla from a pet store.
I’m a firm believer they would still make great pets opposed to purchasing a chinchilla from a local breeder.
However, one of the arguments typically made in forums and online communities is that chinchillas adopted at the pet store may be a bit more challenging to socialize in the beginning stages, which does make sense.
With a breeder, chinchillas are often in a room with dozens of other chinchillas, either sharing a cage or in cages that are backed up against each other.
Not to mention, a chinchilla from a breeder is going to get some fantastic care from the breeder who is likely more of an expert than any pet store employee about the chinchilla and how to properly care for them.
Individuals have also stated that it’s possibly due to shipping and the nature of the pet store business that they feel it’s more likely to adopt a chinchilla from a pet store that may have already been predisposed to issues such as ringworm.
Is this true?
I honestly have no idea because I adopted my chinchilla from a breeder and not a pet store.
I do believe somewhat in the socialization argument because I witnessed my chinchilla’s environment when I adopted her.
She was surrounded by other happy and well cared for chinchillas, and the breeder was an expert in about every fashion possible.
Again, this doesn’t mean that pet store chinchillas need to be avoided by any means.
Likely, no difference would be noticeable, and you would be just fine.
However, if you do live close enough to drive to a local breeder, I don’t see a reason, not just to make the drive and check it out.
Cost, Alternatives and Inside Details
We still have a few other things to touch on when it comes to adopting a chinchilla from the pet store such as PetSmart and Petco.
First and foremost, the cost between a breeder and the pet store is very similar.
However, when it comes to ensuring you have the right food, timothy hay, and other dietary needs, I urge you to use resources such as even this blog to provide you that information as opposed to using the pet store employees.
Look at it from this standpoint.
I own a chinchilla and have been through the questions and the issues myself.
A pet store employee likely has not.
Another news flash!
Just because you see a chinchilla on the picture of treats, a toy, or another accessory does not make it chinchilla safe.
That’s merely bad advertising on the manufacturer’s end of the deal.
Again, use resources such as this blog to guide you towards the correct and safe items that you need for your chinchilla.
I’ll provide you with another quick gift.
Here are some additional resources directly below that could prove handy for you if you are close to pulling the trigger and adopting a chinchilla soon.
To find out which fruits and treats to offer your chinchilla, you can view my post here.
To learn about the best accessories that your chinchilla needs to be happy and healthy, you can see my guide here.
Here are my recommendations for the best chinchilla cages you can purchase here.
And lastly, for a guide to get your chinchilla use to being handled and trusting you quickly, view my post here.
Those posts among utilizing the search bar on this site or the other links I place within the blog posts should have you all the information needed to be a great chinchilla owner.
Not only offering safe items but providing the correct care and knowing how to respond to certain chinchilla behaviors.
Trust me, it’s taken nearly 5 years for me to get all this information on paper for all of you, so I’d hope it could provide at least some help in some fashion.
You Can Adopt A Chinchilla From Pet Smart and Petco But You Have Other Options
At the end of the day, I think chinchillas make for one of the best family pets you can choose to adopt and choosing to adopt from a Petstore such as PetSmart or Petco is definitely an option you have.
They are affectionate and loving animals that want your attention.
Not to mention, they are SUPER easy to care for.
Overall, I don’t think choosing to adopt a chinchilla from PetSmart or Petco is a deal-breaker, and I think it’s a perfectly viable option.
All I’m saying is do your homework and don’t rely on the employees working in the store to provide you the information to care for your new chinchilla ethically.
Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming adoption, and we are always here to answer your questions and concerns.
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