The Do’s And Don’ts of Interacting With Your Chinchilla

As a proud chinchilla owner, I know firsthand how much joy and entertainment these furry little creatures can bring into your life. Chinchillas are one of the cutest rodents around. 

You can’t help but fall in love with these adorable little furry animals with their soft and fluffy coats, expressive eyes, and active personality.

If you’re looking for a new, furry companion, the adorable Chinchilla is an option to consider! 

You should keep certain things in mind when interacting with your chinchilla. Read on to learn how you can approach your new friend comfortably.

Benefits of Having a Chinchilla as a Pet

Chinchillas live up to 20 years and are fairly easy to care for. Here are some benefits of keeping one:

They are low maintenance

Unlike other pets, Chinchillas don’t need baths, and only need their cages cleaned once a week.

They are quiet

The Chinchilla sleeps during the day and is active at night because it is a nocturnal animal. This means they will not keep you awake with loud noises.

They are playful

Chinchillas love to play, and will often use their tails to interact with their owners – something that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

They are gentle

Chinchillas are very gentle creatures and are unlikely to bite or scratch – even when excited or frightened.

They have unique fur coats

The coats of Chinchillas are thick and soft and range in color from silver to gray to black, and brown to white. This makes them very fun to look at – and touch!

Do’s and Don’ts When Interacting with Your Chinchilla


In my opinion, offering chinchillas treats, such as fruit or pellets, is the best way to interact with them. Chinchillas love to play, so offer it a new toy or let it run around outside in a safe area. 

You must supervise your chinchilla at all times. They are very curious creatures and can get into trouble very quickly. If you must handle them too much, do so gently and only for short periods.


Never try to pick up your chinchilla by the tail, as this can injure them. Avoid chasing them with loud noises and sudden movements around your chinchilla, as these can also stress them out. Never feed your chinchilla chocolate or Any type of candy, as these can be poisonous to them.

Furthermore, lettuce, celery, and fruit can cause stomach problems for chinchillas due to the high level of sugar they contain.

Do’s: Proper Ways to Handle Your Chinchilla

Keep these things in mind when you interact with your chinchilla to ensure a positive interaction.

It is important to handle your chinchilla carefully when handling it since it is a sensitive animal. Here are some other do’s to remember:

Do give your chinchilla plenty of time to get used to you and your scent before attempting to pick them up. Chinchillas are skittish by nature, so it is important to go slowly and let them approach you on their terms.

Do use both hands when picking up your chinchilla. One hand should support their chest and the other should be underneath their hind end. This will help prevent them from falling or getting hurt.

Do provide plenty of toys and enrichment activities to your chinchilla to keep them entertained and stimulated. This will help prevent boredom and can even help reduce stress levels.

Do give your chinchilla dust baths in dust bath powder to keep their fur clean and healthy. Bathing too often can strip the natural oils from their fur, so be sure not to overdo it!

interacting with your chinchilla
Interacting With Your Chinchilla

Don’ts: Mistakes to Avoid When Interacting With Your Chinchilla

If you own chinchillas, my recommendation is you should avoid doing the following things. Here are four big mistakes to avoid when interacting with your furry friend:

Don’t scream or chase or shout around your chinchilla.

These animals are naturally skittish and easily scared, so yelling will only stress them out. I suggest the best thing you can do to grab their attention is clap your hands or call their name softly.

Don’t use scented products around your chinchilla.

Strong smells can be overwhelming for these sensitive creatures, so stick to unscented shampoos, lotions, and cleaning supplies.

Don’t hold your chinchilla too tightly.

Chinchillas don’t like to be restrained, and they may struggle or bite if you hold them too tight. When picking up your chinchilla, support its bottom and back with your hand while letting them rest against your body.

Don’t forget to provide plenty of enrichment for your chinchilla.

These active animals need plenty of toys and opportunities to play and explore. Without enrichment, chinchillas can become bored and even depressed, so make sure their cage is full of fun things to keep them occupied

Enrichment Activities For Your Chinchilla

Chinchillas are social animals and love to play. To keep your chinchilla happy and healthy, try these enrichment activities:

• Play with your chinchilla using toys specifically designed for them. Chinchillas love to chew on cardboard and soft wood, so offer them plenty of chew toys to keep their teeth healthy.

• Take your chinchilla out of its cage for some floor time. Let them explore under close supervision. Provide them with a safe place to hide if they feel scared or overwhelmed.

Set up a chinchilla-proof play area in your home where they can run around freely. This could be an enclosed room or pen with soft bedding, plenty of hiding places, and interesting toys to play with.

• Offer your chinchilla a variety of foods to nibble on during playtime, such as hay, fresh vegetables, pellets, or seeds. This will not only add fun and excitement to their day but also provide them with important nutrients they need.


In conclusion, chinchillas are adorable and can provide years of companionship if they are treated with respect. 

There are a few things you should do when interacting with your chinchilla – providing it with an adequate diet, engaging in interactive playtime sessions, and using the right type of materials for its cage and toys. 

While there aren’t a lot of ‘don’ts’ to remember while playing with your pet chinchilla, one key rule to follow is always to use gentle hands so that you don’t cause any unnecessary harm or distress. 

If done right, not only will your pet appreciate it but you’ll have fond memories of chasing after them too!