My in-laws came to visit us Palm Sunday weekend! They brought their cat Molly along. Molly, a sixteen month old kitten, is kind of notorious for being overly playful and hyper. In fact, she often annoys the older cat of the family, Sara Lee. Fearing Molly might antagonize my chinchillas, I made sure to "cat proof" their cages.
Kuzco's cage was already fortified with plexiglass walls, but for Pancho's cage we added a fence for his protection. Even though Molly is declawed, we didn't want her to scare our little guy by sticking her paws through the bars. As we predicted, Molly showed immediate interest in our furry pets. As soon as she entered the house, she began watching them intently.
Molly staring at Pancho!
Surprisingly, when Molly approached his cage, Pancho didn't flinch. In fact, he even tried to get closer to Molly to sniff her!Pancho showed great interest in Molly and didn't seem afraid at all!
After watching the two pets eagerly stare and sniff one another for an entire day, I decided to research online whether or not cats and chinchillas get along. I had assumed they would not!
My reasoning was that a chinchilla basically looks like a giant mouse. I therefore figured a cat's predatory instincts would kick in at the sight of a chin and the cat would want to attack the chinchilla!
Contrary to this assumption, I found several videos of cats and chinchillas getting along! So, we decided to give it a try. With much supervision and helpful hands at the ready, we put the creatures together! Here's a video of what happened!
No pets were harmed in the making of this film!