Because they can breed prolifically and because you should keep them in single-gender pairs, not alone, determining gender is crucial. Although you can probably make a good guess if you examine your pets carefully, ask your vet for confirmation to be on the safe side. Using both hands, lift the chinchilla onto your lap and position him upside down or upright with his rump supported. Ask somebody to help if the chinchilla is prone to wriggling. You want to view his or her genital area, located on the underside near the tail—you might need to gently part the fur with your fingers to see it properly.
Chinchilla Expert. Chinchillas are social animals and can enjoy living with others. Sometimes chinchillas naturally accept one another immediately and other times they need a little adjustment time. Rarely, two dominant chinchillas will not get along no matter what.
Chinchillas live in herds of as many as or more in their wild habitat. That sounds great and things should be real simple in having chins live in pairs or small groups, right? Well, with a domestic chinchilla, things are not that simple. First, I want to say that I believe most chins are happier living with another chin, but that does not necessarily mean in the same cage.
This question comes up all the time from chinchilla owners, as it rightfully and naturally would. Should I get another chinchilla for my existing chinchilla s? Is my chinchilla lonely?