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Features of the behavior and nature of domestic chinchillas and why a pet can become aggressive


The usual behavior of chinchillas at home is calm and friendly. The animal sleeps during the day, eats and is active in the evening and at night. In the cage, the chinchilla most of the time is located on the top shelf. The animal sleeps sitting or in funny poses on its side. Chinchillas are mobile, at night they start a cheerful running around in a cage. Animals occasionally make sounds. You are probably familiar with the behavior of cats and dogs. It is very diverse and informative, but chinchillas in their own way show emotions and show affection for a person. However, the conversation will not be about frivolities, but about the practical side of studying behavior. Let’s try to understand by activity, behavior and emotions, the chinchilla feels good or bad.

Recognition of abnormal behavior

For the owner of the chinchilla, it is important to distinguish the normal condition of the pet from the abnormal in its behavior. The owner of the chinchilla must understand the behavioral signals that his pet is giving. The animal shows its state by behavior - whether it is stressed, sick or aggressive. It is important to notice, first of all, negative signs and correct the situation.

Behavioral Signs of Stress

Chinchillas are subject to stress, which occurs under the influence of external or internal causes. Signs of stress in the animal are a decrease in appetite, motor activity, avoiding humans, gnawing fur. In details about stress factors and gnawing fur >>>. Identify and eliminate stress factors.

It happens that a wild chinchilla is not given in hand, it will not bite or shoot urine, but will throw off the fur. When you grab the animal, the fur will fall out at the place of contact with the hand. Such is their protective natural instinct of "release from the clutches of a predator." Do not worry, the fur will grow back quickly. Try not to take the chinchilla too sharply, especially do not grab the unexpected movement from above.

Manifestations of aggression

Being stressed, chinchilla can be aggressive. We once bought a young female, brought home, put him in a cage, the first days did not bother her to get used to the situation. The animal was wild, the previous owners did not tame it at all. When trying to pick it up, the female stood up and fired a stream of urine. Such an act is the highest degree of aggressiveness in chinchillas. They managed to gain trust by walks on the couch and pumpkin seeds. More on the Taming of Chinchillas >>>.

Chinchilla bites are not aggression. First, the chinchilla as a rodent tries everything on the tooth, including outstretched fingers. Secondly, an attack on a larger creature with an attempt to bite is not characteristic of rodents. It happens that chinchillas bite each other, showing dominance. Just in case, when handling the animal, do not bring your hands to the muzzle.

How does the behavior of a chinchilla change if it gets sick

You will see external symptoms of the disease by regularly inspecting the animal. It is not difficult for you to cast a glance at the chinchilla at any moment; suddenly you notice changes in behavior that should alert you.

  • Pet snik, does not go to the owner’s hands, hides from a person
  • Chinchilla is inactive, sitting hunched over
  • Lost her appetite, spreading food
  • For a long time is at the bottom of the cage, not on the shelves
  • A very alarming sign if the animal turned its face in the corner
  • If the chinchilla sits day and night, head down in the corner or in the toilet tray. This is a very bad sign. Probably the disease is running. I don’t want to scare anyone, but often the chinchilla just dies with his nose in the corner of the cage before his death.

These are the behavioral signs of an animal disease. If you saw this, immediately take up Chinchilla medical examination >>>, weigh it, etc.

How behavior determines the dysfunction of the animal, exactly the same progress is observed in treatment. Chinchilla, recovering, becomes mobile, climbs to high shelves, her appetite improves. The animal gives insignificant but important signals. For example, a pet sat in the corner of the cage in the morning, and after taking the medicine, in the afternoon moved to the bowl. It seems like a trifle, but it is a good sign. So you understand that you are on the right track.

Chinchillas make sounds, other trills resemble dog whining. We could not yet understand what the sound signals indicate. One thing is obvious, if the animal is hurt, it will briefly piercingly squeak. However, chinchillas carry diseases and internal pains courageously and soundlessly, unlike cats and dogs.

There are questions about the behavior of chinchillas during pregnancy. According to observations in our cattery, the pregnancy of the animal has almost no effect on behavior. When pregnancy proceeds normally, the chinchilla behaves as usual. Only immediately before birth the female descends, clears the site and gives birth to chinchillates without any extra sounds. The fact of pregnancy is determined mainly by the dynamics of the weight of the animal.

During estrus in females, the male is excited, runs after her. If the female is already pregnant, she may refuse to care. Then you will see brawls, fuss, hear the squeak of animals.

Individual character and habits of chinchillas

Chinchillas differ in temperament to the same extent as people. Three groups of pets were distinguished according to the degree of taming - “quiet”, “ordinary”, “active”. Chinchillas-boys and chinchillas-girls, according to our observations, behaviorally little differ from each other. Both that and others can be both quiet people, and active. "Tikhoni" more than others avoid the person and reluctantly give up. The "ordinary" home chinchilla is accustomed to hands, but by its nature is mobile and restless. “Active” pets are more tame, give themselves in control, perceive affection and even “extort” preferences from a person. One of our active pets strongly shook their teeth in the cage, trying to let her out for a walk on the sofa. Interestingly, the same habit was formed in the chinchilla daughter, who grew separately from her mother. Probably, behavioral traits are inherited.

Consider individual chinchilla character traits while observing behavior. If your pet, active in nature, suddenly does not go hand in hand and is depressed, is this a sign of a disease?

In the photo: Angora chinchilla baby Misya is very friendly, she approaches a person herself

On video: Chinchilla Queen loves to scratch her breast.

Are Chinchillas Smart

Chinchillas are less trained in teams than rats. However, not stupid, as evidenced by interpersonal relationships in the pack. In the language of rodents, sounds are distinguished:

  • Call: short, when the animal is looking for a fellow tribe,
  • communication: gentle grumbling when communicating with members of the pack,
  • mating: from a squeak of resentment or soft notes that come from a male looking for a girlfriend,
  • pleasure: the male emits after mating,
  • requirements: come from a hungry cub,
  • complaints: crying of a chinchilla offended by relatives,
  • joys: when the cub is happy or ate,
  • protection: short flashy,
  • resistance: the sound of protest,
  • anger. An angry female is even able to “shoot” urine with irritation,
  • malfunctions between male and female: grunting signals of one and rattle - the other,
  • dangerous situation or pain: a loud sharp cry,
  • hazard alerts: “quack”.

Many cubs make sounds, they are heard almost constantly.

Character Features of Chinchilla

Unfortunately, some animals do not become tame. Therefore, consider the nature of the chinchilla in advance when buying: soft and gullible, or nasty and shy.

This is due to the place where the chinchilla grew and how it was handled. If the owner cherished and cherished her, she easily makes contact. Grown on the same chinchilla farms, individuals are distrustful of people.

Depends on the nature of the pet and gender.

The habits of chinchillas of different sexes

Among them, the dominance of females is accepted, which they transfer to relationships with humans. Let them not too tame, you can negotiate with them. One has only to take into account an unpleasant skill: “firing” urine at an annoying object.

Males are much simpler and easier to contact. They are peaceful due to their position in the pack, and the inability to “shoot”. However, do not underestimate them: in times of panic, they are able to bite the offender.

What is the nature of chinchilla

Compared to rats, fluffy is a little susceptible to human influence. He comes in contact with his own kind, almost without the need for human attention.

However, being a wayward and gentle creature, the animal sometimes requires care. The nature of the animal has an important feature: trepidation, which softens it.

As a member of the royal family, chinchilla requires an appropriate attitude. For example, do not touch and pull her by the tail: this risks losing your confidence. She will go into the hands of a chinchilla when she decides that she is so comfortable.

Types of Chinchilla Temperaments

Like humans, a rodent has 4 types of temperament.

Real “battery on the legs”. If he does not sleep, he is constantly in business. The dream falls on the daytime hours, and is interrupted by the slightest rustle. Movements are sharp, the look is constantly on the alert, however, outwardly there are no signs of fear or anxiety. If you frighten a choleric, he will start to rush about in fear, not understanding the way. It is recommended to protect it from shocks.

Like choleric, it is active, but sleeps soundly during the day, and is less shy. It is easy to train, he remembers the teams well and carries them out readily.

Moves a little, sleeps soundly during the day. He prefers jogging and frequent rest. Few stress, but worse sanguine remembers the team.

If the chinchilla is aggressive

In the wild, a rodent is prey for a predator. Hence the suspicious reaction to changes in diet, environment, etc. Almost always, animal aggression is associated with fear, pain, or negative experience.

Important Note: you can’t cover the chinchilla with the palm of your hand, as its shadow is associated with the shadow of a bird of prey that wants to feast on the “fresh thing”.

Before biting, the animal signals its intention. A pregnant female, and recently given birth, becomes especially prone to aggression.

The bite symbolizes an attempt to establish contact with the object you like. However, a bite to the blood indicates serious hostility. Adult males wishing to dominate can also try "on the tooth" of the owner. In this case, it is recommended to stop the “power lover” by moving it away with your palm or putting it in a cage.

An important point: the male should see a palm neatly moved away, and not sharply pulled back, as if in a fright.

Why is a chinchilla waving its tail

Wagging the tail expresses the male’s desire to please the female. This is normal behavior.

The male can violently sweep the floor with his tail and no matter who is nearby: an individual of the same sex or the opposite. Or friendly wave to them, greeting the mistress and caressing to the palm of his hand.

Sometimes he gets it from the female: the beloved begins to violently chase him in the cage, waving his tail like a flag in the wind. In everyday life, both use the tail to enhance emotions, to ask for something or to demand.

Contact with other animals

Chinchillas in different ways contact with other pets:

  • Rodents: with guinea pigs and hamsters they quickly find mutual understanding,
  • cats: they remain coldly indifferent, and conflicts can occur at the stage of getting used to the neighborhood,
  • dogs: relations are warmer here. However, do not leave puppies and growing chinchillas together,
  • snakes, lizards, spiders and other animals: it is better not to let the animal near the terrarium with enemies and dangerous insects.

With a chinchilla, it’s easy to find a language by learning character and habits. She can brighten up leisure, and dispel sadness. A flock of chinchillas will bring to life a bunch of positive things.