Chinchilla Popcorning: Understanding Chinchilla Behavior

Be it a pet dog, a cat, or a chinchilla, knowing their normal behavior is a must. You have to observe them and that observation has to be careful in order for it to be accurate.

In this article, we have spoken about the need to understand chinchillas’ behavior and some meanings of common Chinchilla behaviors. We have also tried to elaborate on some abnormal behaviors in chinchillas. 

Why Do You Need To Understand Chinchillas Behavior 

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  • Like any other pet, it is only through Chinchillas’ behaviors that one can Gauge if they are well or not. In the long run, it becomes extremely important for pet owners to understand the behavior, and what it means for the pets.
  • It is only through the behavior Of chinchillas that you can understand if your chinchilla is at peace in their stay with you.
  • It is the behavior of the chinchillas that signals if they have warmed to your presence with and around them.
  • It is only if you understand the behaviors of the chinchillas you can judge if they are hungry or thirsty.
  • It is only if you know how to read chinchilla behavior that there is any chance you might be able to tell whether they are acting abnormally. And this is important to differentiate because abnormal behaviors are often signs of abnormal or poor physical health.

So let us look at some common chinchillas’ behaviors and what they imply.

Common Chinchillas Behaviors

Popcorning Behavior 

When it comes to the behavior of chinchillas, there are very few creatures who are as happy-go-lucky and playful as them. Chinchillas have an incorrigible normal habit of jumping up and down and running all over places.

You see chinchillas are native animals to the South American mountainous forests. And they are smaller in size than many forest animals. So it is in their nature to jump around from high levels to low levels, from ledges to ledges, and much more. This is all because they love doing it, it keeps their bones strong and agile but also it has become natural for them in an attempt to escape all the predators.

A chinchilla can make leaps up to 6 feet. So you can understand how far they can jump and yet land freely on the ground without hurting themselves (mostly). And when they practice or engage in this jumping it is continuous. Because this movement looks like popcorn is being cooked, this jumping about of chinchillas is known as the popcorning of chinchillas

Meaning: The meaning of this kind of chinchillas’ behavior usually indicates that they are quite happy and satisfied. They do not really require anything else at that point except for some free area to continue their popcorning and play about.

Spraying and Fur Slips

Some chinchilla behaviors readily point out that no your pets are far from happy with you. One of them is spraying. As you know, animals spraying urine in different areas is their gross way of marking up territories. Now if you get a chinchilla and your chinchilla has not yet any warmth for you and you try to approach the cage. You likely can and will get sprayed on by chinchilla’s urine.

Meaning: This kind of behavior in chinchillas can be common if they are new or maybe are just in a bad mood and do not want your attention, the human who has kept them captured anywhere near itself.

Fur slip is another way of showing displeasure from the side of chinchillas. Fur slip is a process by which the chinchillas stand to lose patches of their fur.

Meaning: This kind of behavior is natural when the often sociable creature plain refuses to be “handled”. And it is because you hold a chinchilla with your grip on the Fur and that their body in tandem with their wants, starts shedding Fur or the thing by which chinchillas can be held.

Noisy Behavior

Chinchillas are often not that noisy except for occasional barks and squeaks. 

This usually signals that your chinchilla might want something. For instance either hungry or thirsty and you need to serve them as soon as possible. Or else the barking tends to get intense.

Both barking and squeaking are sounds that can sometimes be associated with annoyance and discomfort. And if the sounds continue you need it is probable you need to figure out what is wrong.

Abnormal Behaviors For Chinchillas 

You see, anything out of the ordinary behavior of your chinchillas is a minor or major cause for concern.

  • For instance, if they stop eating enough like you realize that they are not finishing their regular pellets then yes it is a cause of concern. Because it might mean that either the chinchillas are unable to eat or don’t want to eat, suggesting deeper problems inside the body. And as they do have a sensitive digestive system, anything is possible.
  • Another abnormal behavior would be your chinchillas’ excessive scratching. This can mean, although uncommon, a flea infection of some other sort of skin disease or something in the cage only. This can lead to hair loss
  • Another probable reason for such hair loss is when you must see your chinchillas chewing on their fur. While this can occur due to various reasons, some reasons like malnutrition and stress are common.
  • Another thing about chinchillas is that you must ensure that they are never stressed. It has been reported that a majority of chinchillas are known to have died from stress. The chinchillas might behave in a very calm and stoic manner, always lying down staring everywhere, and being inactive. All these point towards unhappy chinchillas, which means stressed chinchillas. You need to ensure that they are not stressed. This can be achieved by keeping them away from the animals they take as predators,  like your pet dog. Chinchillas might also be unhappy due to a lack of companionship. So in this case either you have to spend most of your time with them or get another chinchilla as a companion.

Final Words 

So these were the points we wanted to get across in case of chinchillas’ behaviors. Of course, it’s not a full plate but we have tried to bring out the basics and their meanings.

Hope it was enough to answer at least some of your questions regarding chinchillas’ behaviors or answer all your questions.