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Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Dr. Kohles regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

I adopted a chinchilla a few years ago and not much is known about her past. She came to the shelter alone and I don't know if she ever lived with other chins. She is alright with people but is very territorial with other animals. Do you think she will be ok living by herself? So far she has seemed fine to me, but I know I am not an expert. I know chins are social animals and are best kept in pairs, but what about cases such as this? Thanks!

Thanks for giving this little one a new loving home.  While they are certainly social animals, I would have no issues with keeping a solitary chinchilla. I would push for increased social interaction with you and other visitors. You could consider getting another species of ECM and not another chinchilla.  Placing another animal in a smaller cage next to her would give her that sense of social interaction but without the risk of trying to introduce the new animal to her enclosure. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health