Catching your chinchilla
The easiest and least stressful way to catch your chinchilla is to cheat and use the dust bath-put down the container, when your chinchilla goes in pick up the container 🙂
Picking up your chinchilla
Always approach from the chinchilla’s level, never from above. The best way to pick up your chinchilla is to hold the base of the tail with one hand and scoop up under the chin with your other hand. Do not squeeze the chinchilla, they have delicate bones, and squeezing can break the ribs.
Holding your chinchilla
Once you are have picked up your chinchilla, you can hold it close to you, on your lap or against your chest. Be sure to keep hold on the base of the tail so that your chin does not try to jump and fall.
**Important: you can hold a chinchilla by the base of the tail (right where it connects to the body) however under no circumstances should you ever hold or grab a chinchilla by the middle or end of the tail**