Here are some tips for bonding with your chinchilla-
- When you first bring your chinchilla home, leave it alone for a few days. Your chinchilla needs to get used to its new home and does not need the added stress of being picked up, played with , or showed off to friends.
- Once your chinchilla has had some time to get settled in his or her new home, you can talk to your chinchilla in a soft voice and also sit by the cage. If allowed, you can rest your arm inside the cage. Your chinchilla will most likely be interested, and investigate your arm. Try not to make any sudden moves. Chinchillas are prey animals, always approach on their level, not from above!
- If your chinchilla seems comfortable with your hand and arm, when they come near you you can slowly try scratching them under the chin or behind the ears. Some chins are really sensitive and do not like their whiskers touched so you may have to be careful not to touch the whiskers as you are scratching.
- You can also bond with your chinchilla outside of the cage. If you let your chin out in a chin-proofed area, you can let your chin jump and climb on you. This is best accomplished in a small area such as the bathroom or in a playpen.
- Once your chinchilla is fully comfortable with you, you may be able to hold him for a while or let her sit on your shoulder.
Remember be patient and be calm!