Things You Can Do with A Chinchilla[9 Awesome Activities]

You have adopted your chinchilla, and you are now settling into owning and raising a new chinchilla in your home.

You have your chinchilla cage all set up, and you have tried to make a comfortable and safe home for your chinchilla.

Now what?

That is a question many run into after adopting a chinchilla.

It is normal to wonder what things you can do with a chinchilla or how to play with them in a manner that will make them happy and entertained.

Luckily, it is much easier than you think if you have the information in front of you from the start.

I wanted to throw together this brief 3-minute post breaking down awesome and fun things you can do with your chinchilla to interact with one another and ultimately build a strong bond together.

More specifically, I am going to break down the topic of things you can do with your chinchilla in the following manner:


If you would like, use the links directly above to skip around in this post as you please.

Otherwise, give me those 3 minutes and I will provide you with 9 new ideas and things you can do with your chinchilla to keep them happy and entertained.

If you feel you need even further information about the must-know information raising a new chinchilla, you should also be checking out my digital eBook here.

Okay, enough self-promotion.

First, let’s cover why it is essential to find things to do with your chinchilla.

Why Interacting with Your Chinchilla Is Important

Some individuals who own a chinchilla are likely doing a fantastic job of interacting with their chinchillas and finding things to do.

Others may not be entirely up to par in this category.

Nonetheless, and whichever boat you fall into, it is crucial to find time to do things with your chinchilla.

Chinchilla’s are social creatures, and they enjoy the interactions with their owners.

If they trust you and have warmed up to you (more on this later).

The point I am trying to convey is simple.

A chinchilla has emotions.

A chinchilla can undoubtedly get bored and restless.

Showing some love to a chinchilla has the same impact as other common pets such as dogs and even cats.

It is an ethical way to raise a chinchilla and part of learning how to take care of a chinchilla properly.

Luckily, it is not overly challenging to provide this social stimulation and find things to do with a chinchilla.

Before doing so and jumping right into activities with a chinchilla, it is important that you understand that an adjustment period does need to take place, and you need to have some patience during the process.

Get Off to A Good Start and Start Things Slowly

Getting off to a good start with your chinchilla is a big deal if you ask me.

It is like when you first meet a new friend, and you are generating your first impressions of one another.

In the beginning, a chinchilla may be very timid and scared and not quite sure how to feel about you.

Instead of being overbearing or up too close in their space, you must take things slow and allow them to slowly get used to you.

You can do this by simply interacting with them while they remain in the cage, begin petting them, and start with small spaces when they do exit the cage.

This allows them not to get too much stimulation or stress all at once.

It also allows them to build trust and begin to recognize you.

Chinchillas have a high intelligence when it comes to adapting to situations and their environments.

It will not take long but can still require patience in the beginning before you start interacting and doing a bunch of fun things with them.

However, let’s go ahead and assume that your chinchilla is now used to you.

What can you do for fun with them, and what things can you do with them for entertainment purposes?

Let’s dive into those details and get you ready to interact with your chinchilla in the best possible way.

9 Awesome and Fun Things to Do with Your Chinchilla

#1- A Simple Holding and Bonding Session

Sometimes, finding things to do with your chinchilla does not require a ton of planning.

In the beginning, one of the best things you can do with your chinchilla to build a bond is only getting them out of the cage in a controlled space and showing some love.

Clearly, it is essential to get them comfortable with this.

For additional help, refer to my post about how to get your chinchilla to enjoy being held here.

#2- A Playpen Session

I have owned my chinchilla now for almost 5 years.

I have owned Planet Chinchilla for roughly 4 of those years.

I have been advocating for playpens and playpen sessions with our chinchillas since the very beginning.

It is a fantastic way to keep your chinchilla safe and make the interaction with your chinchilla closer and more personal.

Consider purchasing one of the best chinchilla playpens and get your chinchilla out of the cage to interact with you.

They will jump on your shoulders, into your hands, and enjoy the close interaction with you.

You can view my recommendations for the best chinchilla playpens here.

It also includes the playpen I have been using for the past 4 years.

It is an excellent and fun thing to do with your chinchilla.

#3- Expanding the Space

Once your chinchilla begins getting comfortable with you and the home, it is time to add a new thing that you can do with your chinchilla.

This is to expand their space and give them more area to play and jump around.

They will love this freedom, and they love to explore.

Be sure that you have chinchilla proofed the room before doing this.

You can read my full guide about how to chinchilla proof a room here.

#4- A Dust Bath Frenzy

Dust baths will always remain one of the best things you can do with your chinchilla.

Not to mention, they need them several times a week to remain clean.

If you are struggling to find things to do with your chinchilla, simply get them out of the cage and let them enjoy a dust bath.

If you need more help with this, refer to my guide about how to give a chinchilla a dust bath here.

#5- Teaching Commands

This can be a lot of fun, or it can be frustrating.

My advice is that you should not take it too seriously.

Have fun with it and see if you can begin offering up a safe treat for your chinchilla and teaching them to respond to their name and to jump into your hand.

You can even start to teach them how to go back to the cage.

Check out my guide about how to get a chinchilla in and out of the cage correctly here.

You can also read my guide about if chinchillas can eat certain fruits here.

Nonetheless, trying to teach your chinchilla a thing or two is an excellent way for you to bond while teaching your chinchilla some simple actions and commands.

#6- Set Up Treats, Tunnels and Safe Chew Items

This can be done in a playpen or in an open room assuming that it has been chinchilla proofed.

Set up plenty of items for your chinchilla to play with when they are outside of the cage.

Let them run through tunnel’s or provide them chew sticks to enjoy while they are out of the cage.

It is a great way to keep your chinchilla happy and have fun in the process.

You can read my post about the best chinchilla accessories here.

#7- Teach Them to Use A Wheel

This is quite easy to do.

If you have recently purchased a chinchilla wheel, instead of getting your chinchilla out of the cage, you can spend a few minutes teaching them how to use the wheel.

To do so, refer to my guide about the best chinchilla wheels here.

Once they learn how to use it and assuming it is one of the best and safest wheels available, it will become one of your chinchilla’s favorite things to do whether you are around or not.

#8- Make A Video for Friends and Family

Get your chinchilla out of the cage and have fun watching them go crazy while you make a video for your friends and family or your Facebook feed.

I do it all the time.

You can view some of my videos on my Planet Chinchilla YouTube Channel here.

It is rare that you will not get some form of entertainment out of capturing your chinchilla live when recording a video for a lasting memory.

#9- Do Not Overthink It and Unwind

The last piece of advice I have for you is that finding things to do with a chinchilla should not be challenging.

Only getting them out of the cage and interacting with them is enough.

Enjoy just having a pet chinchilla and the joy they can bring an entire family.

A Little Bit Goes A Long Way

With Chinchilla’s and finding things to do to entertain them, a little goes a long way.

Letting your chinchilla out of the cage and even having a tv or music playing will get them lively and moving around.

They are naturally happy and social creatures and are grateful for what you offer.

Just be sure that you get them out and show them some love and do not overthink it.

Trust me, it begins to come naturally and gets more comfortable every week.

Finding Fun Things To Do With Your Chinchilla Is Easy, Have Fun

After reading this post, I hope you now have some ideas on what you can do to have fun and interact with your chinchilla.

Learning what you can do to interact and make your chinchilla happy and entertained is not overly complicated.

They make for excellent pets and will be grateful for your love and safe home you provide them.

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

Share Your Thoughts

Do you have any additional things that you do with your chinchilla that you know they enjoy?

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

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by reading today, and we will see you again 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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