How Much Is It to Adopt A Chinchilla? [Pricing + Tips]

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Understanding the cost involved with adopting a chinchilla is typically a high priority.

It makes sense and individuals don’t want to get overly rushed into adopting a pet that lives 15-20 years without proper planning.

It often leads to a question that deals directly with the budget needed to own a chinchilla.

How much is it to adopt a chinchilla?

Here’s what I can tell you on this subject.

So, how much is it to adopt a chinchilla? Chinchillas cost 150.00-350.00 depending on the breed and color of the chinchilla you choose to adopt. Additionally, a chinchilla cage, accessories and food will be required at the initial purchase. This makes your total cost to adopt a chinchilla range between 300.00-450.00.

That’s the most basic version of the answer to the question.

However, it’s surely nice to know all the small cost that will pop up and the ongoing cost you can expect to pay on a monthly basis.

Sticking around for another 2-3 minutes will have you much more prepared in this fashion.

The rest of this post is designed to break down the cost of owning a chinchilla.

Here are the details.

How Much Is It To Adopt a Chinchilla?

Owning any pet surely comes with a cost.

It’s no different when it comes to adopting a chinchilla.

In fact, this is probably one of the biggest concerns’ individuals have before adopting their first chinchilla.

It makes sense.

Although chinchillas are sold in common pet stores, they are certainly a more exotic form of a rodent so many individuals will be led to believe that they are expensive animals.

Nothing could honestly be further from the truth.

In fact, I have a post that breaks this down further and details why chinchillas are so expensive that you can read here.

It breaks down how chinchillas are only expensive during the initial phase of owning them.

If you don’t feel like reading that post, here’s a quick break down of the initial cost you can expect when you adopt your first chinchilla.

  • The Chinchilla (This Depends on Breed and Color) $150.00-$350.00
  • The Chinchilla Cage- $105.00-$250.00 (Depending on Size, Read on Further About This Consideration)
  • Initial Misc Items Such as Water Bottles, Food Bowls- $50.00
  • Chew Items and Play Toys- $25.00-50.00
  • Fleece Liners- $65.00 (Highly Recommended)

Now, keep in mind that these are your initial cost.

Let’s break out the calculator to save you some time.

Let’s also assume you purchase a chinchilla from a breeder in the middle of the price scale.

Your total price in the beginning days of owning a chinchilla will run you right around $500.00.

After this initial blow to the pocketbook, your cost is going to drop significantly and you should never have to worry about the big cost again such as the chinchilla itself, the cage and the initial items.

However, you do need to be careful about getting the proper size cage and not trying to shave too many dollars during this phase of the purchase.

Here’s why.

Chinchilla Cages and Pricing Considerations

Outside of the chinchilla, your cage is going to be the next most expensive item you ever purchase for your chinchillas. Chinchillas need plenty of space and a proper size cage to thrive and be happy.

For instance, I’m still a huge advocate of using the Critter Nation 2 Dual Level Cage (Link to Amazon).

It’s the cage I’m using to this day and love everything about it.

It’s got a great amount of space and has easy to order custom fleece liners (Link to Amazon) that make your life easy and make it, so you never have to worry about purchasing chinchilla bedding again.

A win-win situation if you ask me.

Assuming you purchase this cage from Amazon, that’s going to be 250.00 of your cost.

If that’s out of your price range, be sure to read my post about the 3 best chinchilla cages you can purchase to see my recommendations on cheaper options that will still get the job done.

That post will also detail what makes one cage better than another when it comes to owning a chinchilla.

Accessories for Your Chinchilla Can Add to the Adoption Cost

This is another spot where you will need to drop a few dollars when you adopt a chinchilla.

Chinchillas love to play with certain items and it’s ethical to make sure they have these items.

These are very cheap for the most part.

In most circumstances, we are talking about hay cubes, wooden chew sticks and misc little toys to place inside of the cage to allow your chinchilla to remain active and to file their teeth to keep their dental hygiene at the optimal levels.

You won’t spend more than 25-30.00 dollars on these items if you look at online marketplaces such as Amazon.

Amazon has nearly everything you will need for your chinchilla in the form of purchasing your chinchillas’ favorite items to play with.

Food, Water, and Treats Are Part of the Budget

You can’t adopt a chinchilla without purchasing the necessary foods, ensuring you have water for your chin and ordering some treats to offer from time to time.

If you are newer to adopting a chinchilla or still in the phase where you are asking yourself “should I get a chinchilla”.

I’d recommend reading my post about what chinchillas eat to give you a jumpstart.

Trust me, people.

It’s all cheap items when it comes to food.

A gallon of water will last you nearly a month for 1 dollar and chinchilla pellets and timothy hay will certainly not break the pocketbook.

After you have these cost and initial purchases over.

All you need to do is understand the ongoing monthly cost that will play a role in owning your first chinchilla.

This is when it’s nothing but good news and smooth sailing.

Let’s look at those ongoing monthly cost now.

Ongoing Monthly Cost for Owning Chinchillas

The ongoing cost you will have to worry about when owning a chinchilla is minimal.

Especially if you take my advice and purchase the fleece liners as I mentioned previously.

Ordering the fleece liners will up your 1-time cost in the beginning but eliminate bedding going forward.

Clearly, this is a win-win, especially when you factor in that the fleece liners are cleaner, better for your chinchilla’s feet and look much better resting inside of the cage.

Overall, I currently spend about 14-20.00 per month in ongoing cost to take care of my chinchilla.

This includes applewood sticks to chew, misc. toys and food when it’s needed.

That’s its people.

Chinchillas are very easy to pets to own and certainly don’t rank in the top categories for expensive animals.

This is one of the reasons I’ve even written post debating which pets are better to own.

Here’s an example of this in my post about if chinchillas are better than rabbits that you can see here.

Final Word, Chinchillas Are Much Cheaper Than You Likely Believe

At the end of the day, chinchillas are animals that don’t require much except for love, affection and some time out of their cage.

Besides these items, they need the basics such as food, water, and items to keep their minds stimulated.

Chinchilla’s are certainly not an overly expensive pet to own and I highly recommend adopting one if you are still on the fence.

However, I do always encourage feedback on my post to get all your thoughts on the subject as well.

Do you feel I have left any major cost of this breakdown?

Do you think owning a chinchilla is expensive?

Be sure to share your stories and drop a comment below.

As always, me and “chili” appreciate you and will see you next time.



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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