7 Ways to Make Your Chinchilla Like You [Bonding Methods]


Who wouldn’t fall in love with a chinchilla at first sight? With their big ears, round eyes, and fluffy coats that feel like clouds, it’s hard not to be smitten.

But the question that tickles the minds of many proud (or soon-to-be) chinchilla parents is, how to make your chinchilla like you?

Well, stick around because we’re about to unpack some amazing tricks to make your chinchilla go from wary to chummy in no time!

Let’s dive deeper into understanding their nature and how you can become their favorite human.

Fun Fact: chinchillas take dust baths, not water baths. They roll around in special chinchilla dust, which helps to keep their fur clean and smooth. Don't believe me? Just check out this post on how long a chinchilla can go without a dust bath.

Understanding Your Chinchilla’s Nature

Understanding your chinchilla is the first step to making them like you.

Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures, meaning they’re most active at night. During these twilight hours, you’ll see them scampering around, chewing on stuff, and being adorable.

One key trait to remember about chinchillas is that they’re naturally wary and cautious creatures. They’re not the sort to instantly warm up to a human, even if that human is you, their favorite snack-giver.

Chinchillas communicate a lot through sounds. They use a range of chirps, barks, and squeals to express different moods.

How To Make Your Chinchilla Like You

Here are the seven (7) ways you can try using;

Tip #1: Giving Your Chinchilla Space

A bit paradoxical as it may sound, giving your chinchilla space is one of the best ways to get them to like you. Remember when we said that chinchillas are naturally cautious?

They need time to adjust to their new environment and get comfortable with you.

Your first instinct might be to scoop up your furry friend and cuddle them. But hold your horses! Your chinchilla needs to feel safe and secure first. They’re not big fans of sudden changes, so try not to invade their space too quickly.

Here’s what you can do: Let your chinchilla explore their cage while you’re present but at a little distance. Let them sniff you out and get used to your presence without feeling threatened.

And while you’re giving them space, make sure it’s a secure space.

Having a chinchilla-safe environment is crucial for their comfort and well-being. It’s kind of like baby-proofing a house.

Tip #2: Create a Chinchilla-Safe Environment

Remember when we mentioned that chinchillas are curious little critters? They love to explore, and that’s why it’s essential to create a chinchilla-safe environment. It’s kind of like setting up a playground that’s both fun and secure.

First things first, let’s talk about their cage. This is where your chinchilla will spend a lot of their time, so it must be comfortable, spacious, and safe.

Make sure the cage bars are close enough to prevent any adventurous escape attempts. Include places to hide and climb because chinchillas love a bit of fun!

Next up, is temperature control. Chinchillas don’t handle heat very well, so keep their environment cool and well-ventilated. Aim for a temperature between 60-70°F (15-21°C).

Hot tip: If you’re feeling warm, chances are your chinchilla is too.

Also, remember that these guys love to chew. Anything and everything is fair game, including electrical wires, which could be dangerous. So keep anything potentially harmful out of reach.

Tip #3: Tasty Treats – The Way to a Chinchilla’s Heart

If there’s one thing that chinchillas love (besides exploring and rolling in dust), it’s munching on delicious treats. Hey, we’ve all got a weak spot for some good food. Chinchillas are no different.

Offering your chinchilla a treat is a great way to build trust and positive association. Imagine if someone gave you your favorite snack every time you saw them.

But hold up! Before you start showering your furry friend with snacks, remember that not all treats are created equal. Some treats are better (and healthier) for chinchillas than others.

Their diet should primarily consist of hay and chinchilla pellets, but you can offer them a small piece of carrot or an apple for treats.

Avoid giving them anything with too much sugar or fat. And just like with any other pet, moderation is key. Too many treats can lead to obesity and other health problems, which is the last thing we want.

Tip #4: Gentle Handling and Petting

Once your chinchilla is comfortable with your presence and has associated you with good things (like tasty treats), it’s time to move onto gentle handling and petting.

Picture this: someone you’ve just met comes over and gives you a bear hug. A bit too much, right? It’s the same for chinchillas. They prefer a soft and gentle touch, especially in the beginning.

Here’s what you can do: start by letting your chinchilla sniff your hand. Remember, sudden movements can scare them. So keep it slow and steady.

Once they’re familiar with your scent, try to pet them lightly. Aim for their back or behind the ears. Avoid their belly and tail as these are sensitive areas for them.

And remember, every chinchilla is unique. Some might enjoy a good scratch behind the ears, while others prefer a gentle back stroke.

It’s all about understanding what your chinchilla likes and respecting their boundaries.

This hands-on approach can be a powerful tool in winning over your chinchilla’s affection. But remember, being patient and letting your fluffy friend set the pace is crucial.

Tip #5: Regular Play Time – Chinchillas Need Fun Too!

Just like humans, chinchillas need time to let loose and have fun. Regular playtime is a perfect way to bond with your chinchilla while letting them get some exercise. Plus, watching them hop and scamper about is a lot of fun!

You can let your chinchilla out of their cage to explore a safe and supervised area. Remember, these little guys are speedy and love to hide, so keep a close eye on them.

They’ll love stretching their legs and checking out some new sights and smells.

Toys can add some extra spice to playtime. Chinchillas love to chew, so anything made of wood or loofah makes a great toy. Just remember to avoid plastic, as it can harm them if they chew on it.

But here’s the key: keep playtime consistent. Try to schedule it around the same time each day, preferably during dusk or dawn when chinchillas are most active.

Consistency helps your chinchilla know what to expect, and they’ll start looking forward to their fun time with you.

Regular playtime will keep your chinchilla happy and healthy and strengthen the bond between you two.

Tip #6: Help Your Chinchilla with Grooming

Here’s a fun fact: chinchillas are fastidious groomers. They take their cleanliness seriously. So, helping your chinchilla with their grooming routine is a brilliant way to bond with them.

You might be thinking, “Grooming? Does that mean I get to give my chinchilla a bath?” Well, not quite.

Chinchillas can’t take water baths because their dense fur makes it hard for them to dry off, and this can lead to fungal infections. Instead, they take dust baths.

Yep, you read that right! Chinchillas love to roll around in a special kind of dust made from finely ground pumice. This dust penetrates their thick fur, absorbing oil and dirt.

Watching a chinchilla have a blast in their dust bath is a joy. If you want to know more about this unique bathing routine, check out our post on chinchilla dust and whether it’s harmful to humans.

Another part of the grooming process is checking your chinchilla’s teeth. They’re known to have continuously growing teeth, which is why they need to chew on wooden toys or pumice stones to keep them in check.

But it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their teeth to make sure they’re not growing too long or unevenly.

Tip #7: Speak Their Language

Just as you’re trying to understand your chinchilla, they’re trying to understand you too. Learning to communicate effectively with your chinchilla can be a game-changer in your bonding journey.

Chinchillas use a variety of sounds to communicate, from soft chirps to high-pitched squeals. Each sound carries a different message.

For instance, a loud, harsh bark might signal fear or alarm, while a soft cooing sound could mean they’re content.

The more you observe and listen to your chinchilla, the better you’ll understand what they’re trying to tell you.

Keep in mind that understanding their language isn’t just about listening but also observing their behavior. Their body language can tell you a lot about how they’re feeling.

For example, if your chinchilla sprays urine, it’s a sign that they’re scared or angry. This might sound strange, but chinchillas are known to do this.

Learn more about why chinchillas pee in their food or understand the color of chinchilla pee in our previous posts. Understanding these behaviors helps you respect their boundaries and build a stronger relationship.

By learning to speak their language, you’re showing your chinchilla that you care about their feelings and well-being. And in return, they’ll start to see you as a trusted and loved companion.


Congratulations, folks! We’ve navigated through the wonderful world of bonding with chinchillas.

From understanding their quirks to participating in their grooming rituals, we’ve covered all the nifty tricks that’ll help you form a strong bond with your fluffy friend.

Remember, the key to forming a great relationship with your chinchilla is patience, understanding, and consistency. Every chinchilla has its own unique personality and preferences, and understanding these will go a long way in strengthening your bond.

Lastly, always ensure your chinchilla feels safe and loved in their environment. By following these tips, you will become an expert in chinchilla care and be well on your way to becoming your chinchilla’s best bud.

Now, grab your chinchilla, give them a dust bath or its favorite treat, and celebrate because you’re now equipped with everything you need to be your chinchilla’s favorite human. Cheers to a lifetime of furry cuddles and chinchilla chatters!

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