Can You Tame A Chinchilla? [Calming Tactics & Tips]

Chinchillas are growing in popularity, and I can assure you that they can make excellent pets for the entire family.

I’m also not going to deny that the beginning days can be challenging when your chinchilla is timid, scared, and not wanting to deal with much interaction.

Understanding chinchilla behavior is something that can take some time in the initial days.

I’d highly recommend all new chinchilla owners beginning with my complete eBook that covers everything I know on chinchillas from the adoption day and forward to learn the ropes prior to or shortly after the adoption.

It’s a great resource that will help you through these initial struggles.

You can learn more about this eBook here.

I also want to dedicate this specific blog post towards one topic and question I see come up frequently.

Can you tame a chinchilla?

After 4 years of learning the ropes and going through the same struggles as you, here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, can you tame a chinchilla? Yes, you can tame a chinchilla. To tame a chinchilla, you need to begin with calm and controlled interactions with your new chinchilla. Don’t over handle your chinchilla in the initial days home and provide a warm, loving, and clean environment for your new chinchilla to adapt to.

That is literally the most direct and basic answer I can provide to this question that likely doesn’t do you a whole lot of good.

Luckily, I understand that and want to take this topic much deeper and cover everything you need to know about taming a chinchilla and learn how to calm a chinchilla down in the long run.

I’ve 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 is what I plan to cover in today’s post:

If you need to skip around or know that you only need specific information, feel free to use those links directly above to do so.

Otherwise, get comfortable for just a few minutes, and I’ll break down how you can tame your chinchilla, and effectively calm your chinchilla while providing the best care possible.

Here is what you need to know.

Can You Tame A Chinchilla Recap?

Alright, let’s start chatting about what all is entailed when it comes to calming and taming a chinchilla.

Taming a chinchilla looks a lot like the same process you need to be following to effectively get your chinchilla to trust you and begin enjoying being handled and held.

If you need some starter information on these topics, start with reading my post on how to get your chinchilla to enjoy being held here.

You can also read my post about chinchillas recognizing their owners here.

I also want to state clearly that chinchillas are not hard to take care of, and this isn’t as intimidating of a process as you may believe.

Chinchillas can undoubtedly be tamed and can be calmed with effort, patience, and providing the best care possible.

Many individuals who often start by asking these questions are also curious about how the process begins and what they can expect.

Let’s start by covering how tame and calm a chinchilla is during the initial adoption days and what you can expect during your first days of arriving home with your new family pet.

How Tame Are Chinchillas Generally?

Chinchillas are tame in nature.

They aren’t overly crazy in the beginning, but they are scared and timid in the initial days home.

This is hard to avoid no matter how social of a chinchilla you have adopted, and no matter how reliable and reputable the chinchilla breeder may be that you are working with.

The reason being is simple.

They are changing environments and this by itself can cause some additional stress and require your chinchilla to adapt before they fully warm up to you and act in a calm manner when you attempt to get them out of the cage for playtime.

I went through this struggle and had a very social chinchilla at adoption that was accustomed to being around other chinchillas, kids, and the owners.

It’s just how it goes when a chinchilla completely changes homes and environments.

In the beginning, just expect this to be the case for a few days and up to a few weeks long.

Sometimes even longer.

Now, let’s move into some of the important tips, tricks, and advice that you can begin implementing to effectively get your chinchilla to become tamer and calmer with some effort and patience.

First, follow the advice we just discussed.

Make sure that your chinchilla has had time to adjust before attempting to do much else of anything in the form of taming and calming.

Keep building the bond and talking to your chinchilla in the early phases even if it’s only through the cage bars for the first weeks to allow your chinchilla to get used to your smell and voice.

Don’t Over Handle or Hold for Long Periods

Another tip towards taming and calming your chinchilla is to ensure that you don’t get too crazy with handling and holding your chinchilla in the beginning.

Let your chinchilla come to you instead of forcing the interaction.

After time as passed, you can begin extending these cuddle sessions, but in general, you want to keep it light and keep it quick to get your chinchilla to become more comfortable with you and ultimately become more tamed and calm.

Move into Holding Your Chinchilla

Next on the list of taming and calming tips for your new chinchilla is to begin attempting to hold your chinchilla if you feel you have put in the time to make them comfortable and used to you.

You can do this by holding your hand out and allowing your chinchilla to come to you.

Don’t force this to happen if your chinchilla doesn’t seem quite ready for this interaction.

It may simply take more time and rushing it will only damage the relationship.

You also want to ensure that during this period of taming and calming that holding sessions remain limited on time.

Don’t push the duration of the interaction.

It will help to keep your chinchilla comfortable and relaxed.

Trust me, stressing a chinchilla in the initial days is bound to do more harm than good.

How Long Does It Take to Tame A Chinchilla?

This question is tough to answer.

In general, a chinchilla can take anywhere from a few days up to several months to become tamed, calmed, and comfortable being handled by the owners and other family members.

Calming Chinchilla Music, Is it Worth It?

Shockingly, if you weren’t aware, chinchillas do great with music.

Depending on the music you choose, music can serve as a tremendous calming mechanism for your chinchilla.

Other chinchilla owners have even stated that certain music can help their chinchillas get up and active and moving around.

Overall, I’m a fan of music from time to time and think that it can undoubtedly help the taming and calming process.

Try something such as calm classical music to help your chinchilla relax.

Final Thoughts

To summarize, calming and taming a chinchilla doesn’t require much outside of time, patience, and some loving care provided by you as the owner.

Eventually, following the tips laid out in this post will effectively calm and tame your chinchilla and have them happy to be handled and bond with you.

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

Share Your Thoughts

What steps did you take to effectively tame and calm your chinchilla?

What other recommendations can you provide the readers?

Be sure to share those stories, comments, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today.

Thanks again, and we will see you 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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