How Do You Get A Chinchilla Out of Hiding? [The Best Methods]

As a new chinchilla owner, you will likely run into a situation a time or two that you don’t necessarily know the best strategy for.

This is entirely normal, and anyone who owns a chinchilla currently or has owned a chinchilla in the past understands that this is perfectly normal and the best thing you can do is learn in advance and learn from the situation.

Undoubtedly, your chinchilla finding a clever hiding spot or situating themselves into a spot where they are tough to find is bound to happen at least once throughout owning your new chinchilla.

In this post, I want to discuss how you can combat this common occurrence and make it as easy as possible for you to get your chinchilla out of hiding and the best methods to implement to get your chinchilla to come to you.

For the sake of easiness and time, I’ve created links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about directly below.

Here are the topics and questions I plan on answering for you in today’s post:

As stated previously, feel free to use the links directly above to skip around through this post.

Otherwise, if you have roughly 3 minutes to spare, stick around, and I’ll break down how to get your chinchilla out hiding and how to get your chinchilla to come to you.

Here are the details you need to know.

How Do You Get A Chinchilla Out of Hiding?

If you are googling this phrase, the chances are that you currently have a chinchilla that you know is hiding, and you are attempting to lure them back out so you can safely return them to their cage.

100% understandable, and it’s happened to me, and I can guarantee it’s happened to others.

More than once, to be completely honest.

Don’t panic.

While it is imperative to get them out of hiding as soon as possible to avoid other dangers, it’s also better to begin the process in a calm manner as opposed to running around frantically.

The best avenue to take is to begin looking throughout your chinchilla proofed room and analyze where they could possibly be.

Is their any doors open in the room or any way they could be in a different room?

If so, your search area has expanded.

If not, calm down and realize that you have 1 room to cover.

Next, begin by pulling out their dust bath and a few treats.

Set them both in the middle room and just relax next to the treats and dust bath.

Don’t flip the room upside down looking for your chinchilla.

You don’t want to scare them any further, and chinchillas do get scared easily.

Try tapping on the top of the dust bath to make an audible noise they can hear and listen and see if you can hear them scurrying in their hiding spot or coming out.

Still… don’t flip the room upside down.

Simply see if you can some movement or get them to come to you.

If this doesn’t work, it’s time to calmly begin checking the typical spots where your chinchilla may be hiding.

Again, this needs to be done in a calm fashion.

Next, we will cover the hiding spots where you should begin actively looking for your chinchilla if they are currently stuck in hiding.

Where Do Chinchillas Like to Hide?

Now we need to cover some of the most common hiding spots you need to be searching if you are struggling to get your chinchilla to come to you.

Here’s a quick list for you to double-check:

  • Under Couches and Inside Couch Cushions
  • Under the Cage
  • Under Dressers and Other Furniture
  • Wedged Between Dark Spaces

These are typically where your chinchilla will retreat to when they are scared or don’t want to come back to you nor go back in their cage.

Outside of these recommendations, you must exercise some common sense and search areas that pertain to your room where your chinchilla is likely hiding.

If you know of other small spaces or spots where you think a small rodent could hide, make sure to check these as well and continue to speak softly, trying to get your chinchilla to come to you.

Another trick is to realize that chinchillas poop a lot.

More than 250 times per day in most situations.

This is good news for you searching for your lost chinchilla.


Follow the Poop Trail

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book to get your chinchilla to come out hiding or to come to you.

Follow the poop trail to see if it can lead you to your chinchilla’s current hiding spot.

You still want to avoid scaring your chinchilla any further, but overall, this is a great way to get an idea of where your chinchilla may be attempting to avoid you and avoid going back into their cage.

If you can find the poop trail, try using the dust bath and treats trick to get your chinchilla to come out.

It’s also important to understand why your chinchilla is hiding in the first place.

Let’s discuss that briefly next.

Why Is My Chinchilla Hiding?

As we were discussing previously in this post, chinchillas naturally like to hide, and they are programmed to do so.

In the wild, chinchillas are the victim of being hunted on a frequent basis.

Naturally, this makes a chinchilla want to flea or to get scared easily.

Loud noises, over attempting to handle, and a non-familiar atmosphere can easily make a chinchilla want to run and hide.

Plain and simple.

Your best bet for avoiding this is to ensure that you are interacting with your chinchilla in a calm manner and getting them used to you slowly.

Once the bond is built, this doesn’t remain a concern, but, in the beginning, it’s completely normal for a chinchilla to try and hide from you when they are allowed out of their cage.

Do Chinchillas Like to Be Chased?

No, chinchillas do not like to be chased.

Being chased is what a chinchilla is used to in the wild when running from a predator.

In fact, attempting to chase a chinchilla down to get them back into their cage is a bad mistake that many individuals often make.

Not only will it likely fail at the desired result, but it can also break the bond and trust your chinchilla has for you.

Regardless of what the situation is, refrain from chasing your chinchilla or cornering your chinchilla in order to get them out of hiding or to get them back inside of their cage.

How to Get Your Chinchilla to Come to You?

In all honesty, the best trick for you getting your chinchilla to come to you takes nothing but patience and bond-building.

In the beginning, this just isn’t going to happen for you.

I hate to bring you the bad news when it comes to this, but it takes time.

Your chinchilla will eventually learn their name and will respond to it.

However, just because they understand their name, does not mean that they will come hopping your direction at the snap of the finger.

Keep working on your bond, building trust, and getting your chinchilla use to their name, and yes, eventually, your chinchilla will come to you and respond when you ask them too.

Remain patient and don’t break the trust, and you will be in great shape.

Final Thoughts

Hiding is something that chinchillas naturally do or will attempt to do in the early phases of owning a chinchilla.

Especially when out during playtime.

Don’t worry about this too much.

It won’t take long before your chinchilla begins recognizing your presence, trusting you, and no longer attempting to hide to avoid being put back in the cage.

Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla.

Share Your Thoughts

What do you do to get your chinchilla to come out of hiding and to find your chinchilla?

Do you have any recommendations we haven’t discussed yet on this post?

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, and we look forward to seeing you the 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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