If your chinchilla has had an active play session and is exercising and hopping around a lot, it can recover by sleeping on its side. This is perfectly normal and is simply a sign that your chinchilla is exhausted. Occasionally, side sleeping can be a sign that your chinchilla is too hot.
In a chinchilla, symptoms of depression are one of the first signs that something is wrong. When depressed, a chin will eat very little, refuse to play or interact with its toys, and neglect moving around its cage. A depressed chinchilla may chew its fur and become indifferent to its surroundings.
A happy chinchilla can also communicate their mood through behaviors such as smiling, winking, wall surfing, popcorning, and tail wagging. The wink usually occurs when the chinchilla is content or acknowledging a message from its owner. Wall surfing consists of running around, jumping up and bouncing off the walls.
In the wild, chinchillas live in burrows or crevices in rocks, in locations that provide them with safe havens so they can sleep stress-free. In your home, a chinchilla pet will appreciate an enclosed sleeping area, like a tunnel or a hammock that keeps prying eyes away!
Although chinchillas are an exotic pet, they have friendly, sociable and cuddly personalities towards humans. For this reason the average chinchilla likes to be held and cuddled. In fact, many chinchillas become sad and depressed when other chinchilla friends and people don’t give them enough attention.
Chinchillas are not really nocturnal animals, but they have excellent eyesight that allows them to see well in the dark. This makes them successful in nocturnal life, although they prefer a crepuscular lifestyle.
Chinchillas need toys to play with and at least 2-4 hours outside of the cage every evening in a chinchilla-safe area.
Yes, chinchillas can learn their names, but the process will take time. For the best chance of success, reward the chinchillas with a treat so they associate their name with a tasty treat.
The lowest temperature a chinchilla can tolerate is between 25° to 40° Fahrenheit (-4°C to 4.5°C). However, it is unlikely that your home will ever reach such cold temperatures as you will be uncomfortable.
Both pine and aspen shavings should be changed 1-2 times a week.
Chinchillas are a type of small rodent and more intelligent than most people realize. They have many different abilities that prove just how smart they really are. They learn social skills, listen to their names, and even learn new commands as they train.
Chinchillas typically nibble to show affection, but there are a few other reasons for doing so, including grooming behaviors and a form of exploration.
Low, soft squeak
A low, soft, and erratic sound, characterized by a high-pitched squeak, is usually a sign that all is well in your chinchilla’s world . This sound is a sign to other chinchillas and to you that they are happy, content and safe.
The results are consistent with the presence of two types of cones (red/green and blue) and rods. This suggests that chinchillas are indeed animals with bicolor vision. Red/green cones were found in a higher proportion than blue cones, although their contribution to the chinchilla’s vision has not been determined.
Chinchillas have poor eyesight but strong senses of smell, hearing and touch through their whiskers. They can sense pressure changes and vibrations through their whiskers. They also have an excellent memory and are incredibly fast, agile and can jump very high.
Chinchillas love to explore and this is the first choice they will make when allowed out of their cage. Exploring provides your chinchilla with a wonderful opportunity to not only exercise their body but their mind as well. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise.