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Chinchilla Bonding

Ways to bond with your new chinchilla.

By Jessica Cordia

You’ve picked out your new chinchilla and brought it home. You’ve bought it a new cage, toys, treats and lots of timothy hay. You can’t wait to start playing with your new chinchilla, but wait! It doesn’t seem to want to play with you.

“It took months before we bonded with our new chinchilla,” said Drew Carter, a chin owner from York, Pa., “Since they are curious and nervous, anything new is approached with caution.”

The best way to bond with your chinchilla is to simply spend time with it. In the beginning your chinchilla will be a little apprehensive. For the first couple of days, don’t try to pick up your chinchilla. Leave it in the cage, and be present in the same room with it. After a couple of days, slowly put your hand in the cage. “Don’t grab at your chinchilla, let him sniff and nibble your hand and, over time, you will be able to take it out of its cage. It’s a slow process,” Carter said.

Once your chinchilla is comfortable with you, strengthen your bond with daily out-of-cage play sessions. Take your chinchilla out of its cage and be present in your chinchilla’s play area. “Always supervise your chinchilla during playtime,” Carter said.

Being present in your chinchilla’s life strengthens your bond. Most chinchillas don’t like to be petted, but may enjoy hopping on your shoulders and climbing on you. Make your play sessions a routine. At the same time every day, take your chinchilla out of its cage. Your chinchilla will get used to this routine, and look forward to spending time with you.

Bonding with your chinchilla takes time. Let your chinchilla come to you when it feels comfortable. When it comes to bonding with your chinchilla, patience is necessary.

Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Hi Viola, Thanks for your question and congratulations on adding a chinchilla to your family! I'll forward your question to Marty Hull to possibly answer in future months. Meanwhile, you might want to check out this link to a question he previously answered about how to gain a chinchilla's trust LINK Good luck.
Marylou, Irvine, CA
Posted: 4/26/2012 1:20:45 PM
I just recently baught a chinchilla thats 6 years old. A female standard grey. And the women who owned her before never played with her, she said its been years. So ive been trying to work with her by talking to her. Allowing her to comw outa her cage for her bath and then she juat runs back in. She does come sniff me and run away but thats it. Im just wondering what else i can do to make her feel more at home.
viola, muldraugh, KY
Posted: 4/25/2012 5:18:01 PM
I definitely agree with Joy! Not knowing that chinchillas made a "bark", I got really scared when my friend's chinchilla did!
Erica, Denton, TX
Posted: 3/9/2012 11:50:08 AM
I think you should do a section on chinchilla noises and what they mean
Joy, Ogden, UT
Posted: 3/21/2010 4:05:43 PM
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