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.
Molly Cat 1
Kuzco's cage
Molly Cat 2
Pancho's cage
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 Cat 3
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!
Cat Meets ChinchillaPancho 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!

Chinchilla and Cat Friends

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Joshua Martin
03/31/2015 20:08

That's pretty neat. I, too, would have thought a cat would have been highly interested in a chin, especially if it had a playful attitude. But I guess each animal has its own strange set of fears. For example, our cat is greatly interested in my remote control gyrocopter, while my 75 pound golden retriever immediately runs to the back of the house and hides in the master bathroom as soon as she hears it... go figure!

04/08/2015 11:35

Haha! That's funny about the cat and dog reacting so differently to the gyrocopter! I'd like to see that someday!

04/08/2015 21:27

I've been looking into chinchillas for a while. We have a single cat right now and I know he wouldn't appreciate rats or mice, so I've been thinking larger (and more fluffy). Hopefully if we do get one they will be buddies!

09/06/2015 23:05

I love reading your articles , because the information is interesting


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    Jenn Grahams

    is a flight attendant and an aspiring writer.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband, many pet fish, and two chinchillas named Kuzco and Pancho.

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