How to Stop Chinchillas from Fighting (Chinchilla Fighting Signs)


Having pets within your home is beneficial to your well-being because you feel a sense of positive emotions every time you see them; you play with them and show them affection, watch them at play and care for them. Taking care of pets makes you responsible because you are going to feed them and check their health. Pets are adorable, and Chinchillas are one of them.

Chinchillas will fight at the least provocation. When this happens, wear oven mitts or other heavy protection and separate them. Hold them the correct way and put them in separate cages. Have the males neutered. Pair young with old when caging opposite sex Chinchillas.

Things To Do When Your Chinchillas Are Fighting

1. First, wear an oven mitt rather wear two oven mittswhen you are going to pull the Chinchillas apart. Wearing such armor with its thick material should protect your hands from getting an injury, likely, bitten or scratched by teeth or claws in the middle of the fight.

2. Second, pick up a Chinchilla by holding its whole body. Make sure you only pick up one of them. Be aware when you grab a Chinchilla’s tail, this will hurt them and then they will hurt you.

Instead of grabbing their bottoms, you should hold the base of their tails. This will keep them still and lift their entire body.

3. Third, put a cover over one of your Chinchillas; a thick towel or blanket will do. Removing one of them symbolizes time-out.

Hiding them from the sight of other Chinchillas can stop their fight because when the other one isn’t there, they tend to calm down.

This should let you remove your Chinchillas without injury – to you that is!

• In the middle of their fight, you could try to distract them with raisins – which are one of their favorite treats – but……that’s up to you…….

4. Fourth, you need to separate the two Chinchillas right away. When Chinchilla fights, it’s massive because Chinchilla fights are fast and furious and though lasting mere seconds there are always resultant injuries.

Chinchilla’s teeth are sharp and nails also, they can wriggle like crazy and they’re fast. Their arguments are really heated and cause injuries. They will even fight to the death in certain instances.

Now you understand why thick oven mitts armor is vital.  Hold your head right back and as far away from them as possible – or if you want to really protect yourself, wear a full-face helmet!

Laugh if you will but when the fur flies so does human skin if it isn’t in armor. Wearing an oven mitt and even a helmet is the safest thing to do.

• Find a place where you can always see your Chinchillas, like in your room, so that you can see and respond after when you find them fighting.

Letting them out of your sight is most unsafe and careless on your part because anytime they’re out of sight, they could be already fighting, and this is extremely dangerous.

• It is best to put your Chinchillas in an open area where one of them can escape whenever a fight breaks out – which is often.

Putting them in a cage is not safe because no one can escape when attacked.

5. Fifth, when you are done pulling them apart amidst their fight, put them in a separate area. This will cool them down. A Chinchilla, who is annoyed and angry, when placed in a different room on its own might reduce their temper.

The scent of their Chinchilla opponent can ignite another fight, so it is safer to put them in separate rooms, then a few days after their skirmish, you can try to reintroduce them in the hope that they might be friends again.

• If no blood was produced during their fight, your Chinchillas could still become friends.

Giving them space to move on in their separate rooms, could be beneficial when, after several days of ‘cooling off’ you can try to reintroduce them and see what happens.

6. Sixth, to ensure the health of your Chinchilla is good; it is advised – certainly after each fighting episode – to take them to the vet and check for injuries.

Don’t be deceived or complacent about the minor damage of your Chinchillas because no matter how small the scratch was it could still result in infection.

So, if not taken seriously immediately, this might result in a bigger problem – letting your Chinchillas even die because of your irresponsible ownership.

• Despite the sharp teeth your Chinchillas have, they are unlikely to bite you without provocation – like if you tried to lift them or cuddle them.

So, when they bite either you or a fellow Chinchilla, it is best to consult your vet. Chinchillas who bite for no apparent reason, display a sign that it has a severe health issue.

Things To Do in Preventing a Future Fight

First, go to the vet to get your male Chinchillas neutered. Getting your Chinchillas castrated will reduce their feeling of aggression. This is helpful when you want to introduce your male Chinchillas to a female Chinchilla.

Second, put your Chinchillas in separate cages. Keeping them in a separate cage will prevent them from fighting. When you put your Chinchilla’s cages side by side; this will make them get acclimatized to each other.

It will also let them smell each other; smelling one another will make them comfortable over the course of the next few weeks.

Make sure you place their respective cages at least about 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) apart, so they can’t bite or scratch each other.

Third, pair your younger Chinchillas with older Chinchillas. This combination is the best match to maintain peace for both livings together. A same-sex Chinchilla in a cage is a great match also in putting them in the same cage or share space.

But here’s a serious reminder: never put two male Chinchillas in a cage with one female Chinchilla because this will fuel fights between the two male Chinchillas; both males will want to breed with the female and they will fight viciously over breeding rights.

In putting two Chinchillas in a cage, make sure the cage is big enough. A crowded place will ignite a fight.

Make sure the cage is big enough for the two of them. The minimum cage size for two Chinchillas is about 3.5 by five by 4 feet (1,1 BY 1,5 BY 1.2 m).

Fourth, be observant when your Chinchillas bark or make angry calls. When Chinchilla bark, this implies that they are no longer playing. They are already fighting.

Barking from one another shows that they no longer feel happy with one another. Immediately remove them from the one cage and place each one in its own separate cage. This prevents them from fighting.

Chinchillas have four different calls when they are showing that they are angry or defensive. When you notice your Chinchillas creating a sudden and violent voice, this is a sign.

You need to interpret each noise so that you can tell if your Chinchillas are not in the mood to be friendly. Listen to the sound they make to differentiate if they’re fighting or playing. A high-pitched squeal of your chin is produced when the chin is anxious or in pain.

Fifth, be acceptable or open-minded that there are Chinchillas who won’t socialize with another Chinchilla. If they don’t want to mix with other Chinchillas, then you, their owner, is the best alternative for playtime.

Just like humans, Chinchillas also need to be sociable and interact with others so that they won’t get bored. Frequent interaction with humans can produce positive behavior toward other Chinchillas.

It is better to play with your Chinchillas in the night or evening hours when they’re alert and energetic since Chinchillas are nocturnal creatures.

They’re social pack animals for their own protection, but social means used to have each other around – it doesn’t mean sociable, friendly, and outgoing.

Chinchillas are cute pets, but:

• They are extraordinarily territorial

• Chinchillas are selfish with their territory

• Chinchillas can be brutal whenever their territory is abducted or taken from them

• Chinchillas don’t need a companion

• They are perfect if their owner spends a lot of time with them

• They are social from an enforced herding aspect but unsociable with each other. They are not friendly, they don’t bond together, but they do fight a lot

Despite the above, who can resist the urge to buy more than one and hope the part about fighting isn’t true?

Hence, this article is dedicated to giving you lots of information about sparring Chinchillas to help you prevent the little darlings from disgracing themselves and ‘duking it out’.

That’s a nice way of putting it because when two Chinchillas ‘go ‘at each other it’s not a pretty sight and something that should be strongly discouraged.

You, the human owner, need to know how to settle their disputes and prevent them from fighting because prevention is better than cure. So, forewarned is forearmed:

Frequently Ask Questions about Chinchillas

• Are Chinchillas Aggressive in Their Behavior?

Chinchillas are not aggressive by nature. But it is important to take good care with your Chinchillas and introduce proper sociability; by doing this, your Chinchillas will rarely show aggression towards you.

However, there is a great possibility that two Chinchillas who are non-bonded will almost certainly exhibit hostility and aggression towards one another; and resultant fights.

• What Are the Natural Abilities of Chinchillas, And What Do They Prefer To Do?

In having a Chinchilla, you should not be strict with your Chinchillas with their desire to display their natural abilities and let them act as they should.

This includes having a large cage for your Chinchilla to move around freely, like, jumping around inside. Make sure your cage is big enough and has plenty of shelves.

Chinchillas are great jumpers and master climbers, so when you have your playtime with your Chinchillas, don’t be shocked when they mostly jump or climb, because that’s their nature,

Chinchillas are playful. They will often show that they are climbing as they want to. Don’t prevent them from doing this thing, or any other things they love to do.

You must encourage them to show their playfulness because this serves as an exercise to them also. Of course, don’t let them get injured.

Watch them carefully when they’re at play and make provisions for yourself to do this because they are nocturnal creatures and will play through the night.

Letting them do the things they want will lead cause them to be healthy and happy Chinchillas because of adequate movement and exercise.

• Is It Easy to Take Good Care with Your Chinchillas?

Be cautious of your Chinchilla, even if they are easy to care for. It’s in their natures to be self-sufficient because they have few requirements. It is perfectly fine to leave your Chinchilla alone at the weekend if you’ve left enough food with them to feed them the whole weekend.

What is saddening is that they’ve been alone the whole weekend and you’ve not been there for them. Neither watching their antics nor playing with them; this makes them upset.

• Are Chinchilla Social or Sociable?

Chinchillas are social or pack animals, and you will discover this when you get some of your own Chinchillas.

Expect that Chinchillas will crave attention from their owner so as to be sociable and also sometimes with other Chinchillas.

Your Chinchillas may display negative emotions because they also experienced depression and jealousy of another Chinchilla. Indeed. Chinchillas do get lonely too.

Chinchillas in the jungle are used to socializing with other Chinchillas, and when you develop a bond with your Chinchilla, they will desire to go out on their cage to spend their time with you and play with you.

They expect this to happen when they are already attached to you. Playing with them is something you should do.

If you can’t have time with them because you are busy, better not adopt a Chinchilla. Chinchillas are demanding of your time and company when and if they bond with you. When they feel safe and have your attention, they can be fantastic pets.

• How Should We Act When Chinchillas Are Friendly to Us?

We should not forget that a Chinchilla is a loving pet to have; it loves being around you, so it’s not hard to have a Chinchilla, but bonding with your Chinchilla, and getting it to bond with other Chinchillas is a different discussion.

Having two Chinchillas with you can be fun, but you must be forever vigilant so that proper caring methods are observed.

• What Is the Difference Between Male and Female Chinchillas in Their Behavior?

There isn’t a lot of difference between male and female Chinchillas in how they behave. The most obvious difference with their behavior is the ability of the female to reproduce Chinchilla.

Moreover, a female Chinchilla will spray its urine frequently when it experiences anxiety and feels or is threatened. This can be a bit of a problem with constant cleaning of the urine.

A female Chinchilla will also increase its energy when in heat, unlike with males, which does not matter to them.

The similarity between male and female Chinchillas is they are both affectionate and loving. You must play with them often to bring out their sweetness.

• Does Being Pregnant Will Affect the Behavior of Female Chinchillas?

Pregnancy is not a big deal in affecting the behavior of your Chinchillas. Only being on heat can greatly affect the behavior of your female Chinchillas, so make sure your females are not on heat because heat can get them to be energetic.

Moreover, female and male Chinchillas, when they mate, enjoy each other’s company and enjoy being around each other often.

The Bad Behavior You Are Going to Expect from Chinchillas.

Chinchillas show frustrating behavior that might get you in a bad mood. Chinchillas are playful, so they are prone to run and hide in a dark spot. You might think it’s hard to find your Chinchilla when it escapes from its cage.

Chinchillas show irritating behavior when they experience a lack of interaction. That is why we’ve mentioned that you should make plenty of time to play with your Chinchilla – and how being alone for the weekend without their owners, can be done but is unwise.

Chinchillas likes to chew, and they will always chew indiscriminately, but if you make your home chew-proof then it’s highly recommended to have a Chinchilla pet in your home

What Is the Sleeping Behavior of Chinchillas?

This question is not often asked when getting a Chinchilla, but most owners should want to know if a Chinchilla likes to sleep a lot. Chinchillas are the most energetic and active pets you can imagine.

Expect that your Chinchilla will sleep a substantial amount of the day because it’s tired after playing, jumping, climbing when it’s awake, so getting enough sleep is when it wants to bring back the energy is lost.

Chinchillas are active at night if they want to be. They are nocturnal creatures so they can and usually do, play all night.

How To Recognize When Your Chinchilla Is Happy?

There’s no obvious manifestation that your Chinchilla is happy. It is its nature – even when it’s sad – it will spring into energy. Chinchillas will display these behaviors coping with their illness, or healthy and happy.

They can also be quiet they are happy. So, there is no obvious way in saying your Chinchilla is sad unless, after a fight with other Chinchillas, it will still be angry. When it’s hungry, expect it to be tired.

What Are the Things to Do In Giving Adequate Care To Your Chinchillas?

Chinchillas are not so hard to take care of, even if you have a demanding job and are often busy. if you have time with your Chinchillas, that is enough to give them adequate care, they’ll be happy.

Having a pet will make you responsible, and it will also make you happy. You won’t find it hard or difficult to manage Chinchillas. Regularly clean the cage once or twice a week.

Preparation When Planning to Have Chinchillas

Buy a cage, a spacious cage, schedule your days – what time you are going to spend with your Chinchillas.

You should have time with your Chinchillas every day. As much as you possibly can. However, even an hour a day will be acceptable but don’t miss a day or you’ll upset them.

Clean your Chinchilla cage a couple of times a week, depending on how dirty the cage is. Feed your Chinchilla with the required foods – pellets, freshwater, and hay.

Make one of your rooms Chinchilla protected. Shield and cover the wires to protect your Chinchillas and yourself also from any problems regarding electricity that may arise.

Proofing Your Home in Advance

Start ordering wire protectors for the room you intend to place your Chinchilla to play. As I mentioned already, Chinchillas are fond of chewing, so there’s every possibility that your Chinchillas will chew wires.

Additional Things to Do When Having Chinchillas

Trust your breeder in their recommendations on how you will manage your Chinchillas because breeders have the best experience, so they know more than you do.

Ask your breeder about your Chinchillas’ behavior, how aggressive your Chinchillas are. Take to the breeders about the social skills of Chinchillas, and anything else on which you need clarification or anything that is worrying you about your Chinchillas.

Final Thoughts

It’s wonderful to have pets in your home – especially if you have children. Yet if you obtain pets for your children, be certain they are children friendly.

Clearly, Chinchillas aren’t the best pets for either children or adults as they are needy but require you to keep your distance.

Chinchillas may be cute to look at and fun to watch and even care for but, they are pugilistic creatures – probably caused by their over sensitivity and a huge sense of territorialism.

Whatever the reason, they do fight a lot and require constant observation and a few trips to the vet.

You must make the decision of whether their cuteness and adorability outweigh the negative side of their natures like fighting, hypersensitivity, and depression.

They really are the most charming and appealing little creatures you will be spoiled for choice!

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