The Noises Your Chinchilla Can Make

Your adorable chinchilla is usually a quiet pet, but has the ability to make several noises. Don’t be surprised whenever they do so. Though chinchillas make noises whenever they nibble on something, shuffle about in their cage, or run in their exercise wheel, chinchillas use sounds to communicate with each other or whenever they react to something.

Since chinchillas are nocturnal, expect to hear most noises when they are active in the evenings. Though these are small-sounding noises, the noises that chinchillas make can either be as aggressive as a shrill squeaking or as tender as a cat’s purring. One of the common chinchilla noises to expect from your pet is a set of gentle grunts. Such a call usually signifies attention. It either wants to be noticed by another chinchilla or by its owner. Other noises to expect are teeth chattering usually after a meal. Chinchillas may grind their teeth after feeding to clean them. There is the occasional sneeze also that may happen during a rowdy dust bath.

Observed in their natural habitat, chinchillas are a social species, usually gathering in groups known as ‘herds.’ Aside from the usual socializing of mutual grooming or mating while in groups, they also keep watch over each other for possible lurking predators. A form of communication to tell that danger is nearby is either through a small bark or a series of short bursts or shrill cries. For your chinchilla, the usual predators it can encounter are mainly other house pets, like cats and dogs, and possibly house rats. Such a warning call usually signals fear or alarm. This is usually accompanied by uneasy scampering inside the cage. Without the presence of danger, a loud squeak can also signal that your pet is in pain. Possible situations that can cause this may either be rough handling by the owner, it getting caught in spokes or gaps in the cage, or while fighting with other chinchillas in the cage. Consider that though chinchillas may be social, they can also be territorial and scuffle for space.

While handling your pet chinchilla, be very careful when you begin to hear their teeth chatter. Usually this signifies irritation. This can be observed together with how your pet reacts when being picked-up. It either tries to run away from you or tries to hide itself when it sees your hand. Also, since sudden movement and loud noises can irritate them, it is always best to not handle them immediately after or while these noises are still heard. Wait till the noises stop or when your pet begins to calm down. When comfortable, curious, or in a playful mood, chinchillas usually let out gentle cooing and chirping. Squeaks during mating, even though high in pitch, are usually less aggressive compared to when they are annoyed. To avoid confusion, carefully observe how your chinchillas move. Fighting and mating are usually easily told apart.

Chinchilla care also requires certain knowledge of chinchilla noises. By being aware of the noises your chinchilla makes and being able to distinguish the various noises it produces, you can handle your chinchilla in a better way. Knowing what they are can also help you not be alarmed or surprised whenever you get to hear such noises. More so, always try to read your pet’s body language whenever it makes a peep. That way, you will know if it’s being aggressive, violent, uncomfortable or just plain playful.