Bringing your chinchilla home for the first time is definitely a fun experience. Although they are usually fairly quiet creatures, they have the ability to make a variety or different sounds. Depending on your little guy's personality, you may start hearing some of them right away. While they are known to make quite a ruckus while running through their cage, eating, and chewing on stuff, I'm talking about the actual vocalization that they make. Below you'll find a bunch of information about different chinchilla noises, and what they can mean.
All chinchillas are different and have a unique voice that you will be able to tell apart from other chins with practice and over time. The best way to learn what your little guy wants when he makes certain noises is to spend lots of time with him and get to know his mannerisms and what he's thinking. Part of learning about chinchilla care is being able to tell what he's trying to communicate.
Here's A Short List Of The 4 Most Common Vocal Chinchilla Noises
1. Barking – You chinchilla may make a noise that sounds like a really small dog barking. When he does this, it usually means that he is upset, warning you, or scared about something. If he barks when you reach in his cage to pick him up, he's probably telling you to back off and that he's not in the mood, or just not ready to be handled.
When you hear this noise, it's usually a good idea to check on him to make sure he's not caught in his cage somehow, or if you have other pets that they aren't bothering him. However, if they bark every night and wake you up, your chin may be doing that just to get attention. As long as he's safe and comfortable, you should probably just ignore it so he will stop waking you up at night.
2. The Chinchilla Cry – If you ever hear this sound out of your little guys mouth, you'll know something bad happened. It is usually a shrill, piercing squeak that indicates your chin is freaked out or has injured himself. If you have cats and hear this noise be sure to check on him immediately and make sure your cat hasn't clawed him. If you take good care of your chin and make sure he's well protected, you may not ever hear this sound. But things do happen, and if he hurts himself or you step on his tail he may yelp in pain.
3. Cooing Noises – This is probably the most enjoyable sound that your chinchilla will make. He may make this sound when he sees you come in the door to say "Hi" or if he is greeting or communicating with another chin. As you spend time and get to know your chinchilla you will begin to recognize that this sound means he is happy. Another common occurence of this noise is when you walk up to his cage and he knows it's time to get out of his cage and play.
Chinchillas are definitely creatures of habit, and once they see an action enough and relate it to an event, they will start to learn what's going on. For example, you might notice that your chinchilla will make a certain cooing sound whenever you walk by the cabinet that contains his treats. This is his way of telling you that he's excited to get a snack, whether or not you were planning on giving him one.
4. Teeth Chattering – They do this for a variety of reasons, after you get to know your chin you'll probably be able to tell what the occasion is. They may chatter their teeth if they are in pain or anxious about something. Then on the other hand, they have also been observed doing this when they are happy, so this noise will be up to you to figure out for your specific chinchilla.
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