Taming Chinchillas


Newly born chinchilla breeders, buying an animal, often have no idea how to care for it.

They begin to take the animal in their arms and play with it, not infrequently against the will of the rodent.

Such actions will frighten the chinchilla, and the process of learning to hands can drag on indefinitely.

By training young animals begin to the third week of life. At this age, they quickly learn to respond to their own name and learn to perform simple commands.

In order for classes with a pet to bring success, it is better to conduct them in the evening before eating. During this period, chinchillas are most active and more willing to carry out commands. If the beast is fed, the proposed treat will not cause interest.

Methods and methods of taming

Young animal

Small chinchillas, once in the house of the new owner, are very shy. For this reason, do not immediately pick them up. The animal is curious by nature and very soon he will want to communicate.

In order for a chinchilla to get used to a person, you need to talk to her more often. In this case, the intonation of the voice should be calm. Try more often located near the cell, in order for the animal to see you and gradually get used to it.

To tame a young chinchilla, you need to follow a certain algorithm:

When the pet settles in a new place, gets used to the smells and the owner, it will be possible to take him in his arms, where he will play with pleasure.

Being outside their home, chinchillas look in different directions to assess the situation and make sure that there is no danger.

Some breeders, when approaching the vivarium, try to make quiet sounds. For example, a clatter of the tongue. This is done so that the chinchilla knows that the owner is coming to her.

After some time, the animal gets used to the sound, having heard it, runs to the meeting in anticipation of games and.

Young rodents quickly get used to the new owner. The main thing is to be patient. No need to rush things, to forcefully take the animal in his arms. Such actions will only cause distrust and scare the animal.

How to teach an adult

There are very frequent cases when inexperienced people buy an already matured beast. The taming period depends on the following points:

  • What were the conditions of the rodent before;
  • Did he have experience interacting with a person;
  • Whether the animal is scared or not.

Of course, the process of taming will go faster when the animal from childhood grew surrounded by people. But it’s also possible to tame a wild beast, the main thing is to be patient.

Chinchillas very rarely shy away from communicating with a person, mostly animals willingly make contact, subject to the correct approach to taming. With an adult pet, this process can drag on for a long time.

In order for a chinchilla to quickly get used to a new owner, you need:

  1. The first few days do not bother the pet. Let him get comfortable in a new place, get used to the atmosphere and smells.
  2. In the cage you need to put a special house, in which the animal could hide.
  3. During the evening games, chinchillas need to sit down at the cage and talk to the animal in a quiet calm voice. If the baby is not afraid, then you can proceed to the next step.
  4. Try treating your pet to a treat with your hands, while always talking to him. After some time, the animal will begin to climb into his arms.
  5. If you already had a nickname when buying from an animal, do not change it with a new one. A chinchilla, accustomed to responding to her name, will make contact faster.

The time for the pet to learn how to hold hands will depend on whether he has had contact with a person before. If not, then the pet will be shy and most likely will constantly hide in the house. When a person tries to reach out to the chinchilla, the animal may bite.

To find an approach to such a pet, you need to give him time to adapt to new conditions. Only after this gradually accustom the beast to the presence of the owner.

If the previous owner paid a lot of attention to the chinchilla, then it will be much easier to achieve the trust of the animal. The animal will quickly understand that he is not in danger and will begin to take refreshments from his hands.

Safety Precautions

During taming, it is important to observe safety measures. As soon as the chinchilla gets used to the owner, she will be interested in everything that surrounds her. Sly and curious rodents lying on the hands of a person can jump out of their hands and run to explore new spaces.

It is important to ensure that the windows and doors in the apartment are closed. Remove all objects that the animal can break or gnaw. Avoid contact of the chinchilla with other pets, at least the first time.

There should be no buttons on the clothes of the owner especially plastic ones. In addition, it is better that there is no varnish on the nails. An inquisitive animal is used to tasting everything.

What can not be done

During training, you cannot force the chinchilla to be in your hands. If the animal resists, it is better to return it to the cage.

When the pet is in your hands, do not cover it with the palm of your hand. In the natural environment, animals have a lot of enemies, especially birds, so they are afraid of shadows.

You can not shout at chinchillas. They are scared of loud sound and sudden movements.

Chinchillas do not accept coercion. They need to be raised patiently, as if it were your child. Show concern, patience. Only affection and special attention can you achieve the location of the pet.

To tame a chinchilla in your hands is actually very simple, if you know a few secrets about them.

Probably everyone has their own way, I’ll tell you how I do it.

Adult chinchilla, or puppy. irrelevant. Any one can tame your hands. Each beast has its own character, temperament, life experience. But all of them are united by their main quality: curiosity! This is the main chinchilla character trait for all, without exception, chinchillas.

I had one girl, bought her an adult. Well, she didn’t want to communicate, she would clog in a corner and sit sullen. I called her an old dreamer for character. (Although, of course, she has a pretty decent official name))). I thought that would be an exception to the rule. But it turned out that the lady had a bad character because of a difficult multiple pregnancy. As soon as I gave birth. so immediately everything changed. Such a cutie has become!

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Bad mood and unwillingness to communicate. this is not so much a manifestation of character as a feeling of well-being or stress due to relocation or other reasons (for example, trying to put her in a male that she does not like at all).

The taming technology itself is very simple. It takes only a little patience and time. I open the cage, sit down nearby, stretch out my open palms and freeze. First, careful sniffing. And so, the first time the foot steps on the palm. The paws are often cool and the palm is warm. Shushiks really like this. They put their second palm, then completely climb into their hands. They sit, bask. Muzzles are happy!

Curiosity and caution. like a swing. Climb up on your hands. and back to the cage. And then right back on hand. Then curiosity prevails over caution. And then the games begin. Only on the floor I do not let go. I always try to keep my palms open up and towards the cage. If you put it on the floor, then interest in a person will be lost, because there are a lot of interesting things in the room.

The most important thing is not to make noise, not to scare, not to miss a little animal. It’s better not to even speak loudly at the very beginning. And more initiative to provide the chinchilla itself.

If the little animal is young and not at all experienced, then at first it will want to taste both the finger of the hand and the sleeve of the clothing. Just like children. It doesn’t hurt at all. Just moving a finger: "It is impossible!". I will say quietly. They quickly understand everything.

Taming Chinchillas

Before, I often read that you need to tame your hands with the help of sweets, but I know from experience that this method does not work. As soon as the yummy falls into the paw. the chinchilla will immediately run away with her and hamstring in a quiet corner of the cage. It only distracts her from communication. therefore "meet" better without food.

Well, and of course, do not forget that their scent is much better than ours. Therefore, human hands should be clean and dry. Chinchilla will not like perfume or hand cream. Although they are delicate animals and they won’t tell about it directly))).

Not all, but about one out of three chinchillas will be very fond of being scratched under the muzzle and neck. At the same time, they freeze, close their eyes, substitute the muzzle, stretch their necks and even smile.

Well, in the end I have to warn you about this.

1. After the chinchilla is tamed to you and your hands, you suddenly discover that you yourself to it "tamed", that is, finally and irrevocably in love!)))

2. Never! Never start playing with chinchilla in the morning! It is very difficult to break away from them, time flies by and you’ll be late for work, or run away without breakfast. And then do not say that I did not warn you!

And even – all this, of course, is wonderful. But, most pet owners, when they have a pet in their house, deep down, and maybe even on its surface, expect that the reward for cleaning the cage, trips to the veterinarian, and other chores and worries will be friendly their pet, his boundless devotion and love. Well, in order to speed up the process of the appearance of such "fruits". It is recommended also in parallel with the mandatory actions for caring for the pet – to find the right approach to it and tame it. Then, the result will not be long in coming. And your chinchilla will proudly sit on your shoulder and rustle in your ear about something.

About, how to tame a chinchilla, and how to gain the trust and love of this rodent, as well as about some features of this pet’s stay in the house – our publication will tell you

Character Features of Chinchilla

Like most rodents, chinchillas are naturally shy and timid creatures. In addition, like people, they have their own character, and as you do not meet two identical people, you will not meet two identical chinchillas, in terms of their character and habits. Therefore, everything stated below should not be perceived by you as a literal guide to action, but as a general recommendation that will help you choose an individual approach and key to your chinchilla.

So, the main character trait is shyness (this means that you will take the first step towards friendship), sociability (this is when you already make friends with your chinchilla) activity (“perpetual motion machine” will live in your cell) and touchiness (yes, a rodent is very easy to offend, therefore, you have no second chance for friendship). All other manifestations of character – by the way, you can supplement their description yourself in the comments to this article, based on your personal experience with your chinchilla – are purely individual. But, in general – this is a cute, affectionate and gentle animal that loves affection, is dumb with care and loves to be in the center of your attention

Where to start acquaintance with chinchilla

So, you are finally the owner of your little chinchilla. But this does not mean that you can immediately begin to strangle the rodent in your arms of love and care. Give him time to get used to you. Therefore, you should not impose friendship on your pet in the first seconds of your acquaintance. With such an active pressure and attack, you only scare him. Better, direct your zeal to equip the rodent’s cage, and create the most comfortable living conditions for him in your house. By the way, you can also think about what is the best way to name a chinchilla – the choice should be final, because it will be more difficult to retrain a rodent than immediately teach your name.

These few days will be enough for the animal to be able to settle in its new territory and calm down – these creatures are very stress-sensitive. By the way, it’s better to immediately set the day for your chinchilla (this is very important for these rodents), and feed the animal at the same time.

What to call a chinchilla

Chinchilla breeders claim that these rodents are perhaps the most highly intelligent creatures from the rodent family, therefore, they can safely be given their own name, chinchillas learn this name, remember it and subsequently respond to it. We will not argue that this is not so. Simply, we recommend that you choose a name for your chinchilla that is not too long and complicated, so that it is convenient for you to pronounce it (screaming Archibald is not too convenient), and the chinchilla could remember it (it is better to limit yourself to a short Archie). Therefore, a maximum of 5-6 letters, no more.

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Some owners of chinchillas call their pets human names – well, that’s their right, the main thing is that you do not offend any of your relatives and friends with such an act.

How to teach a chinchilla to a name

Goodies can appease chinchilla

After you have successfully selected a name for your pet, you need to teach a chinchilla to it. It is advisable to start doing this from the first days of the appearance of the pet in your home. Every time you pass a chinchilla cage, feed it or just watch its actions – call her by name. Watch your intonation at this time. It should not be threatening, you should not scream or speak rudely. Also, you should not call a chinchilla a new diminutive name every time. If the chinchilla is Archie, it means no Archiks, Archulechek and other folklore. It will be difficult for a rodent to understand his name if you call him in a new way every time. A few weeks are enough (it all depends on the wisdom of your chinchilla, your perseverance and your patience), and your rodent will respond to your name, run up to the bars of the cage and show your friendly mood.

By the way, at first, such a response to a name can be appeased with a favorite chinchilla delicacy – raisins. However, you should not get too carried away with such encouragement. The fact is that chinchillas from raisins have diarrhea, therefore, it is not worth giving a rodent a day more than 1-2 raisins.

How to Train Your Chinchilla

At first, talking with your pet is recommended through the bars of the cage. By the way, make sure that you do not make any sudden movements – this can scare the pet. Always approach the cage slowly. Some owners of chinchillas – no matter how stupid it seems to you now, every time they approach a rodent, they make the same sound. Over time, the chinchilla begins to associate this sound with you and with the goodies that you give her, and she already joyfully meets you.

After the animal, seeing you, does not hide in the depths of the cage, but bravely moves towards you, you can try to violate the integrity of the rodent’s habitat and open the door gently and slowly. Put the treat in the middle of the cage and remove your hand. The animal will immediately approach him, sniff it and most likely drag it into the corner of the cage. The next day, or in a few days, the task can be complicated – you open the cage, sip a treat, but do not take your hand. Then, you can teach the chinchilla to eat from your hand. After the animal will not be afraid of the invasion of its territory and make sure that tactile contact with you is not a reason for panic and stress, you can try to pet the chinchilla.

Many owners say that their rodents adore when they scratch their ears or under the chin. So you will not only get closer to the rodent and introduce it to your smell.

When the chinchilla gets used to your hands, it will respond to the name, and will not panic, seeing you, you can gently get the animal out of the cage and hold it in your hands. Make sure that at this moment nothing scares the chinchilla, and you do not hurt her, otherwise the process of taming will have to start again.

Hand chinchillas calmly sit on their hands, climb onto their shoulders and even sleep with their owners – but this will depend on you and how much you will unclean your pet or pet and whether you or him will literally crawl out onto you the head.

If your new pet did not immediately make friends with you and shows caution in behavior, alertness or even anxiety – do not worry, you just need time to get used to the chinchilla and you “tame” it (become friends).

Taming should be slow if you want to build trusting friendships for the long haul. Each chinchilla has an individual character, to which you need to find your own approach. Do not rush things, no matter how much you want it – the chinchilla itself will let you know when it is ready for friendship and trusts you. The excellent memory of these animals helps them to remember negative or positive for a long time, always remember this.

In a new setting (at your place), the chinchilla can be nervous or even stressful. It will take her time to get used to it, to explore the unknown space of smells, sounds and make sure of safety. This is normal.

5 steps to friendship with chinchilla

01 After arriving home with a chinchilla – place it in a previously prepared cage and offer one highlight. This is a “forbidden” delicacy that can be given only in very exceptional cases, but which the pussies are very fond of. So you show your good intentions and begin the process of "grinding" between you. Do not immediately feed the chinchilla and do nothing with it in the first 30-40 minutes – just give a twist and leave it alone with the new world for study and getting used to – this is very important for her.

ATTENTION: if the previous owner fed the chinchilla through the twigs of the cage, she could mistakenly take your finger for food and accidentally bite. Do not be alarmed by this, in the process of taming this habit will go away. Try to approach the pet with clean hands without extraneous odors (food or anything else).

If the chinchilla has never tasted raisins and does not take it when you offer, crush the zest so that the animal hears its aroma. However, do not give more than one highlight and do it very rarely, use it wisely.

02 Begin the taming of the chinchilla, talking quietly with her and slowly approach the cage so as not to frighten the animal. Initially – just be near the cage and calmly, do not talk loudly with your pet. You can offer some neutral snacks (nettle leaf, hay stalk, etc.). Let the chinchilla come up to you and take a treat through the cage. If this happens – the chinchilla will again remember your hands, which give something good.

03 If your pet is responding normally, open the cage door and slowly put your hand inside. If the chinchilla is wary or nervous, she is not yet ready to trust you. Do not try to catch a chinchilla or touch it by force. Slowly remove your hand and continue communication in a calm voice, you can give a neutral tasty. Wait – it takes time and sometimes more than one day to build trust. At some time, the chinchilla will confide in you and will come up to the hand, will examine it, perhaps bite lightly carefully, maybe even jump onto the hand – these are very good signs.

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04 When the chinchilla comes to your hand without hesitation, this is the next stage of taming. Teach your chinchilla to sit on your arm long enough. Use the pleasure. tasty grains like oats, barley or grain mix will help with this. Chinchilla will be busy eating, being in your hand, more and more getting used to and trusting you. This is how the reflex is developed – “when the owner is near, then it’s nice, safe and tasty.” If the chinchilla jumps off – do not interfere, this means that complete comfort has not yet been achieved. Keep getting used to each other.

05 After the chinchilla has become comfortable in your hand and it comes up to you as soon as the cage door is open, you can proceed to the second stage of taming – to stroking. Open the cage and place your hand inside with your index finger to the chinchilla. When the pet comes closer to you, gently stroking, touch the muzzle. chin or cheeks (do not touch the mustache, this is the tickling area for many chinchillas). Try not to put your hand over the chinchilla from above – many pussies are afraid of this, because In the wild, they are part of the food chain of predators (the instinct of the animal will work against you). At first, the chinchilla can run away, but if you leave your hand, curiosity will make the pussies come back. Continue stroking with strokes until the chinchilla begins to feel comfortable.

When the chinchilla calmly goes into your arms and allows you to stroke yourself, try stroking it with your second hand on the back or in the chest area.

Remember, chinchillas are very mobile and do not always sit on their hands, so it’s better to tame the animal in the cage or near it. You can sometimes offer a neutral treat to relax your pet and emphasize your good attitude.

NOTE: If the chinchilla was frightened or alert when you tried to stroke it, that’s okay. Stop your attempts for day two and let the pet calm down. Each animal needs its own approach and this takes some time. The whole point is to build trust between you, not break the nascent trust.

Some chinchillas really do not like being stroked (they are too afraid of tickling or too wild), when you touch them, they shake their heads, rub their nose / head and run away. Some chinchillas do not like human hands at all (negative past experience is possible). Experiment, but remember that you are building trust, not imposing your line of behavior!

Please also remember that not all chinchillas like the communication format that pleases you. You will never make the chinchilla do what she does not like. Never show arrogance or violence – this will only destroy the relationship that will exist between you.

Taming Chinchillas

Sometimes taming is difficult. All chinchillas are individual and each requires its own conditions and its own time for taming. Some animals have a negative life experience (poor owners, stress due to improper maintenance, etc.). You will understand when a chinchilla is afraid of you – it will always follow you. Even if she just slept and heard your approach, she will jump up and maybe even stand in a protective stance. The animal may bark at you, snort, or even try to get urine in you. If you forcefully take a pet in your arms, it can get stressed, start shivering, or even throw off a lot of fur or try to bite.

Do not take everything at your own expense, just know – such animals in life did not have a sweet time and they experienced a lot of bad things. Your task is to nullify these bad memories with your kind attitude. Be patient, such chinchillas need more time to tame. It is almost impossible to tame some chinchillas – they were inflicted on so many severe moral injuries by previous owners or tribesmen. Remember – it may take several weeks, months or even years before the chinchilla begins to trust you. Friendship of chinchillas is cumulative – the more attempts on your part, the higher the chances of success.

If you have an ultra-nervous chinchilla, follow the tips below, but always remember that with some pets you won’t be able to control completely, so don’t be disappointed. People have been taming chinchillas for only 50 years, so their wild instincts are still very strong.

  • If the chinchilla barks at you, sprinkles urine or runs away – leave it alone, close the door and move away from the cage, let the animal calm down.
  • Until you have full confidence, you can hold a neutral yummy in your hand at the first contact
  • Do not forcibly touch the chinchilla, it’s better to use a trick (sweets on the hand, grain, curiosity, etc.), but know the measure
  • Never let a problem chinchilla leave the cage until the taming process is complete. A nervous chinchilla at large will be even more nervous and can create a ton of problems before returning to the cage.
  • If the room where the cage is too noisy, put the cage with a chinchilla in a quieter and more comfortable place.
  • Try to keep silence in the room with a chinchilla, sharp loud sounds will frighten the animal
  • Return tirelessly to the basics of taming if the process is difficult. Be close, do not grab the chinchilla by force, talk in a calm, pleasant tone, use the “pleasure” – the animal understands all this.
  • Ultimately, if the chinchilla does not want to be tamed, do not scream and do not punish her, just give the freedom to live the way she wants. you made this commitment when you decided to start a chinchilla, because you knew that chinchillas, like people, are sometimes “loners”.

PShow patience, care and love in your actions. You will surely succeed and find a true friend for many years!

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