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?
I’ve spent plenty of money myself adopting and raising my chinchilla and here is the information I can provide you on this topic.
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. You should avoid purchasing a chinchilla from a pet-store when possible.
Wait, not so fast, you still have other cost involved with adopting a chinchilla.
Luckily, I plan to break down the price of a chinchilla deeper and go over how much chinchilla really cost when you put all expenses on paper.
I’ve also created easy to navigate links directly below that will allow you to skip to any specific section of this post that you desire to learn more about.
Here’s the pricing and out of pocket money chinchilla cost we plan on covering in today’s post:
- Breaking Down the Price of a Chinchilla
- Chinchilla Cages and Pricing
- Table Breakdown of Chinchilla Adoption Cost
- Accessories Needed For Chinchillas
- Food, Water and Other Cost
- Ongoing Monthly Cost of Owning Chinchillas
- Can You Get A Chinchilla At Petsmart?
- Final Thoughts
Like I stated previously, if you are in a rush, use any of the links above to skip ahead.
Otherwise, if you have 2-3 minutes to spare, I will fully breakdown the cost of a chinchilla and give you the full details on how much chinchillas really cost.
Here is what you need to know.
Chinchilla Price Breakdown, How Much Do They Cost?
Owning and purchasing a chinchilla surely comes with a cost.
It’s no different when it comes to adopting any pet.
So, how much does it cost to adopt or purchase a chinchilla?
Let’s start with an easy breakdown of cost by referring to my table below:
All Pricing and Cost Associated With Adopting a Chinchilla
|Essential Cost and Pricing For Items Purchasing A Chinchilla||Needed Monthly or One Time Purchase||Estimated Cost|
|Chinchilla (Price Varies based on Color)||Once||$150-350.00|
|Food Including Pellets, Hay and Treats||Recurring||$20.00|
|Accessories Such as Ramps, Nest Box, Dust Bath, and Chew Items||Recurring||$10.00|
|Bedding Such as Fleece Liners||Once or Recurring||$60.00|
|Grand Total||Some One Time Purchases and Some Recurring||Roughly $400-$650.00|
The table above is the early stage purchased you will need to have when purchasing a chinchilla.
Sure, you can buy more or less of some of those items but the table illustrates with accuracy the cost you can expect if you get the bare essentials the day you purchase your chinchilla.
Although chinchillas are sold in common pet stores, they are certainly a more exotic form of rodent so many individuals will be led to believe that they are expensive animals.
Nothing could be further from the truth and I think our table breakdown of the cost above for adopting a chinchilla illustrates this.
I know some of you may be wondering why chinchillas cost more than a rabbit, hamster or even rat.
For the sake of staying on topic, I won’t go into a lot of detail on this topic in this post but I do have another post you can read about this for further information.
It’s the details on why chinchillas are more expensive than other rodents that you can see here.
Now, keep in mind that the table above are mostly your initial cost involved when purchasing a chinchilla.
After this initial blow to the pocketbook, your cost is going to drop significantly.
You should never have to worry about the big cost again such as the chinchilla itself, the cage and the initial items such as a nest box or even ramps and ledges that are placed inside of the cage.
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.
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).
You can read my full review on the Critter Nation 2 cage here.
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).
These can 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.
Chinchilla Pricing For Accessories
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.
You can see my post about the best chinchilla toys here.
These are very cheap for the most part.
In most circumstances, we are talking about hay cubes, wooden chew sticks, and misc little toys.
These get placed 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 costs and initial purchases taken care of, the budget and money needed to own a chinchilla is about as minimal as it gets.
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.
Can You Get A Chinchilla At Petsmart?
This is a question that comes up frequently when it comes to adopting a chinchilla or inquiring about the cost and price of a chinchilla.
I went out of my way and made the phone call to Petsmart for you to inquire about the situation and question.
So, can you get a chinchilla at Petsmart? Yes, you can get a chinchilla at Petsmart.
Purchasing a chinchilla from Petsmart is not recommended if it can be avoided.
This is because the chinchilla has likely not been raised around other chinchillas or humans and it’s likely your chinchilla will have a more difficult time socializing after adoption.
It’s also possible that you run into other issues such as ringworm or other infections when purchasing a chinchilla from a store such as Petsmart.
As far as price, it’s nearly the same as purchasing a chinchilla from a breeder.
Why settle for less when you don’t have to?
When I called to check the price at Petsmart for 1 chinchilla I was advised they were currently waiting on there next shipment of chinchillas but the price was $150.00.
Again, to sum this up, yes, you can get a chinchilla at Petsmart for $150.00 but avoid it and work with a breeder when possible instead.
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.
Share Your Thoughts and Concerns On This Topic
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.