Do Chinchillas Make Noise? | Sounds of Chinchilla

If you’re getting a chinchilla, or just recently decided to get one, it matters to read through some basic facts about them so you can comprehend their ways better.  A few questions may be popping up right now. “Do chinchillas make noise? What kind of sounds do they make?” Just to let you know, chinchillas try to comprehend their feelings through these noises. So, it is very important to understand chinchilla sounds.

When I was just starting, I was bugged by the same questions. I was worried about how they would be able to communicate with me. 

Don’t worry now because I got you covered. Everything you need to know about chinchilla sounds, noises, and the emotions they respectively represent will be discussed to help you out in understanding your little friends better. 

Do Chinchillas Make Noise?

Chinchillas are relatively quiet animals, but just like any other creature in the animal kingdom, they produce a range of sounds that imply different meanings. Apart from body language, sounds and noises are also their means of communicating with their fellows, to their humans, or just their way of expressing their emotions.

With a variety of emotions that our pet feels, corresponding sounds are produced to communicate their feelings. Getting familiar with these sounds is important for pet owners to understand what their chinchilla is trying to say. 

Chinchilla Sounds: Types of Noises

If you have owned a chinchilla before, you have surely noticed how they sound. For new owners, the best way to describe how a chinchilla sounds is to compare it to a toy that squeaks when pinched. Such squeaks may be continuous, may come in bursts, in different pacings, and in a range of volume. Some may mean something urgent, while some can come off as completely meaningless. 

Apart from the regular squeakings, for quite a long period of handling chinchillas, owners have also noticed four distinct sounds from these rodents. Cooing, barking, crying, and teeth chattering. Each one of these sounds implies a meaning. 

Other than these four familiar sounds that you might have heard already from your pets, a few additional noises might have been observed. These noises don’t only vary depending on the emotions that they currently feel but as well as their personalities.

Particular exchange of sounds can also be heard between a mother and baby chinchilla, between two chinchillas fighting, between a male and female chinchilla, and other instances such as a chinchilla who hates being touched.

Different Chinchilla Sounds

Chinchillas make a variety of sounds and noises depending on their current mood. Familiarizing yourself with the sounds they make and the corresponding meaning each of them implies can help you understand what’s going on with your pet.

We have provided you with a detailed list of chinchilla sounds with their meanings. Some of these may have been heard regularly while some have never happened before. 


The most familiar sound that a chinchilla makes is a bark. And one of the most common reasons why they do this often is because they produce such sound when they feel an existential threat. Not only around predators but also when around unfamiliar smells and faces. So when your pet barks at you, it may not be too familiar to you yet, but these sounds might reduce over time. 

Chinchillas also bark as their way of giving signals to their mates nearby.  Anything unfamiliar around them or anything that looks, smells, or feels like a threat or predatory to them would trigger them to bark. They may also bark when they feel threatened by other chinchillas or by a human.

Take note that a chinchilla’s bark does not sound like a regular animal’s bark. They produce something like the sound of a squeaky chew toy or a duck’s quack. 

Generally, barking is a way for chinchillas to frighten whatever it is that might be potentially harming them. So, when you hear your pet bark, it’s best to check out if something is bothering them.


Chinchillas mostly coo to communicate with other chinchillas. Such a sound is mostly heard when you have two or more chinchillas that aren’t close. A way of telling where they are, and that they are not in pain. 

For chinchillas who live alone, hearing them coo should not be surprising as they can still coo on their own. Cooing is indicative of happiness. You may listen to how much your pet coo to know how happy they are. 

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Out of all the sounds that your pet makes, crying is surely your least favorite. When a chinchilla cries, pain is the known reason behind it. 

When your pet audibly cries, it is advised to check it out right away and know the potential reason behind its pain. In some circumstances, a veterinary doctor’s attention and help might be needed.

Teeth Chatter

When your pet makes such a sound, it can mean one of two things. Either they are happy and content, or this may be a sign of anger and self-defense.

When you hear them rapidly chattering their teeth, look closely at their body language as it may help you figure out if it’s just being happy or warning you to stay away. 


Sounds and noises aren’t only produced by your pets to communicate their emotions, because just like humans and other animals, they do get hiccups too. 

A chinchilla’s hiccup is noticeable. However, hiccup appears exactly like the sound of their bark which may be confusing for many owners. What makes it distinguishable is the pacing, when the noise is delayed with intervals, just how similar it sounds when people have it, then most likely, your pet is not barking but only got hiccups. 

But, a hiccup is something you don’t have to worry about which requires no action. It’s just better to know the difference between a bark and a hiccup so you can understand your chinchilla better.


Given the fact that chinchillas make a wide variety of sounds to communicate, it is important to understand the context of each specific sound that your pet makes.

The communication pattern of chinchillas is primitive so, don’t expect your pet to give long speeches about how they feel. Instead, learn how to get a better understanding of their sounds so you will be able to meet their needs and be better pet parents.