What does it mean when chinchillas wag their tails?

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Why does a chinchilla wag his tail? During mating season, a male will wag his tail at a female. If your chinchilla is happy, he will swish his tail from left to right. It looks like a dog wag, but his tail is more like a feather, so it swishes more than it wags. When a chinchilla wags its tail, it is happy or frisky.

Your chinchilla will also communicate with you in other ways. He will hop up and bounce off the walls. A contented, lively chinchilla will wag its tail, popcorn, and wall surf.

A male chinchilla wags his tail at his mate.

If a male chinchilla is feeling frisky, he will wag his tail. He will wag his tail at a female chinchilla, or if he is your only chinchilla, he will wag at you. He performs what is called the swishy tail dance. He will move his tail from left to right. While curling and uncurling it at the same time.

Chinchillas will let you know if they are upset or nervous.

Your chinchilla will communicate with you in other ways too. For example, he will bark or squeak to tell you he is angry. He will grunt to call other chinchillas. When your chinchilla gets startled, he’ll spread his whiskers. When he gets excited or nervous, he’ll part the hair on his tail. If he doesn’t want to be grabbed, he’ll lose fur. When he is unfamiliar with his surroundings, he’ll stand
up.

Chinchillas also tell you when they are ready to play.

If he is excited or playful, he might popcorn or wall surf. When he makes the popcorn move, he will jump straight up on all fours from a standing position. When he wall surfs, he jumps straight up into a wall to kick off of the wall.

Your chinchilla tells you; what he is feeling in many different ways. From a tail wag to a bark, a squeak. When you listen to his cues, you’ll both be happy.