We have a couple of very cute chinchillas in the store, about three months old. They’re less than full adult size, but still large enough to handle fairly easily. Yes, they’re “poppy” – they do tend to pop out of your hands if you don’t keep good hold of them – but they’re pretty good about being held and they’re not hard to catch, so we can see that they’re taming down all the time.

Chinchillas are fairly quiet pets. They’re nocturnal, so they’re going to spend most of the day sleeping, and be active at night. A large cage is important, and it’s better if it’s tall rather than long. Chinchillas like to bounce and climb from level to level, and they’re happier in an enclosure that allows them to do that.

Chinchillas can live twenty years or so in captivity with good care.