Whenever I start filming, there has to be an emergency. Hi guys, it’s Em. You’ve seen chinchillas around on YouTube or maybe your friends have them, and you’re thinking, “They are the cutest! I need to add them to my family immediately.” And I mean who can blame you? This is an insanely cute animal. It’s basically a gray non-electrically-charged Pikachu. But have you really thought about the true cost of owning a chinchilla? Well, I’m here today to break it down for you. If you haven’t already, please do remember to hit that subscribe button. Join us. Subscribe and join the Creature Crew! It’s a fun place to be on the channel, and it’s a really great lively community. [clears throat] Frog in my throat. [ribbits] Let’s get started. So let’s look at the cost of actually buying a chinchilla. Now, I’m not endorsing this company, but just looking at the PetSmart website, the chinchillas are actually about $150. Chinchillas are social, you’re going to need at least one more. So it’s $150 plus $150. So, that’s gonna be—cha-ching!—That’s $300 right there. Just on buying the chinchillas. But, uh oh! We do not want to have any babies. What’s the best way to prevent babies if you’ve got a male and a female together? Neutering because we want to be responsible. Let’s figure out how much it costs to get a chinchilla neutered in the states. ♪ [singing] Let’s run up my long-distance phone bill. ♪ [phone beeping] I should do this in an American accent just so that they don’t think I’m prank calling them. It’s in the name of research! Let’s see if they pick up.>>This is Breanna, how can I help you?>>Oh, hi, Breanna. I just wanted to know if it’d be possible to get a quote for how much it would cost to have an animal neutered.>>Neutered?>>Yes, I’m looking to have a chinchilla neutered. Is that something that you can do?>>Ah, yes, give me one second.>>Thank you.>>Hi. So, we don’t have a general estimate that we usually go by. That has to be examined first and then have an estimate written, but usually it’s anywhere between three to five hundred.>>Okay, so three to five hundred dollars. Is that including tax or is that before tax?>>Including.>>Oh, that’s including tax. Okay, great. Let me just give a call to a couple of other places and then I’ll give you a call back. There you go. About three to five hundred dollars. Oooh! Next I’m gonna have to try and call, New York… New York. [attempting Brooklyn accent] I wanna get a Chinchilla neutered… neutered… neutered. I wanna get a chinchilla neutered! [laughing] We’re going to need a place for our chinchillas to live. So we’re going to need an enclosure. An enclosure should have levels, it should be spacious, and it should be secure. These guys are very active. They like to move around, and if they’re going to be in an enclosure for any part of the day, it’s got to be nice and spacious enough. And the best one, realistically speaking, that I can find on Amazon at the moment is this one. [mouse click] Let’s add that to our total tally. Now we’re going to need some food before we can bring our friends home. Looking online, the most prominent company that I can find is Kaytee. We don’t have that company over here in the UK, so I can’t say whether or not they are a good quality or a bad quality. This is purely just for research purposes, How much it would roughly cost for some food. I’m not recommending this food. I’m not not-recommending this food. It’s just the food that I can find most prominently online. This bag of food over here costs about $9. Remember, this is not a one-off cost. This is an ongoing cost and that should certainly be factored in. So this is going to be every couple of weeks, you’re gonna have to spend another $9, and another $9, for the duration of your chinchilla’s life. Let’s add that to our total tally, somewhere…. There we go! Right there. That’s currently what out tally stands at. They’re also going to need a nice clean water bottle. I personally would recommend a glass water bottle because they have less bacteria. Okay, here’s a plastic one. This one is $8.58. Let’s add that to our total tally…. [click] There we go. Chinchillas also need to eat a lot of good quality hay. So, on Amazon, hay seems to be around five to six dollars. This is also going to be an ongoing cost. To keep this cost down and to support your local farmers, I would actually go to your local farms and ask them if they would be willing to sell you hay. A lot of farms will do that. They’ll have their own farm shop, and I think that this would be a more cost-effective way to provide for your chinchilla. Chew blocks are also a necessity because these guys are true rodents, and they need to be constantly gnawing in order to keep their teeth in shape. So we’re going to need to get some blocks. Let’s see if I can find some chew blocks…. Here we go! $10.99. Again that will be an ongoing cost, but because it’s a multi-pack, this should mean that you only have to get them a couple of times a year. This one is very important. Chinchillas, in order to keep their fur clean, require dust. A very special kind of volcanic dust. You can buy this commercially and this will be another ongoing cost. So we’re going to need the dust. But before we can get the dust, we’re going to need something to put the dust in. This can be something as simple as a large, heavy, ceramic dog bowl, which is what we use at my work for Olaf and his friends and family. Okay, so this one looks pretty good. This one is $11. The dust itself we’re also going to need. Let’s have a look at how much the dust is going to—oh, okay! So Kaytee also do it. This is $9.46. So there you go. That’s another thing. Let’s add that to our tally along with the dog bowl…. There we go. Bedding will also be needed at the bottom of your enclosure because these guys poo a lot. So you’re going to want something in order to soak up the urine as well as to catch the droppings. Bedding I can find…. Oh! CareFresh do bedding and it is $7.19. Let’s add that to our tally. Remember, this is going to be an ongoing cost. Chinchillas will also need somewhere to hide in order to feel nice and secure if something scares them or just [to] get away from each other. So this hide is $9.99 and we’re gonna add that to our tally. I quite like this hide, I think it looks pretty decent. Which brings the total cost to $1,092.42. [cha-ching] There are other costs which I can’t really go into on this video because it will just take far too long, but if you go away on holiday, you’re going to need a pet sitter. So if you don’t have friends and family who can look after your pet for you? You’re going to need to pay someone to either have these guys in their home or to visit your home and to care for them while you’re away on holiday. Roughly, I think it’s something like $15 a day I’ve seen, In order to get someone to come in and care for your animal. It can go up, it can go down. That is a rough estimate based on what I’ve seen on Craigslist. And here’s a big one out in the states, ‘cuz I know insurance is massive in the states. You’re going to want to get your chinchilla insured. It’s very difficult to see how much this would cost. You’re going to have to call around and get the best quote. Do you keep pet chinchillas? [ding] Let me know in the comment section below and any other costs which you think may be good for other people to know that you didn’t know, and you wish you knew when you first got your chinchilla. Remember to be a responsible keeper. Thank you guys so much for watching, and I will see you guys in another video shortly. See you later. Bye! Neutered! Psst! Don’t forget to subscribe.


  1. Emzotic says:

    Hey Creatures! It's Em. Thanks for coming back for another video! Please forgive my AWFUL American accent. I tried!! :'D
    Big bear hugs to ALL of you. Remember to come and find me on Insta, Twitter and Snapchat by searching for @emzoticoffical.

    Have a great week!! X Em

  2. WizFiz says:

    For hay just go to a horse feed shop and ask for lucerne hay

  3. Gaming With Syd says:

    Well this sucks I’m ten years old and I have a hamster and two dogs but I have to give up my hamster and want a chinchilla but that’s a lot of money

  4. Esfir says:

    That total cost is about how much you can buy a chin in my country… 😂😂

  5. MyMy Sanchez says:

    Me:*looks at price*

    Also me:I can Diy half that stuff.

  6. Lucifeniia says:

    Geez… it’s so expensive where you lives .-. I mean for vet! In France it’s less expensive.. but well we’re not obligated to neutered them! If we take two males they can get along ^^ ( just have to be careful they don’t fight heh x)) I personally have two little boys who get along and lives in the same cage I don’t have any problems with them :3

  7. Plunderkid says:

    You look like Anna Akana's twin😜

  8. [NASSA] says:

    They cost around 50$ to 350$

  9. BJDAFENIX says:

    I cant even afford lithops and cacti seeds atm…. 🙁

  10. I like Phantoms says:

    What is the other

  11. alex ferrell says:

    Isn't my love enough for the chinchilla

  12. ElNrtNBoy ——— says:

    U have to insure ur chinchilla?

  13. Wolf Queen says:

    Yes i do have a chinchilla

  14. Queen Kaylee says:

    If you get two of the same gender you won’t have to spend that 500 which is what most people would do

  15. Madison federico says:

    I’m getting a chinchilla next week

  16. Faith says:

    My friend has 2 chinchillas there EXPENSIVE

  17. Trista Ishmael says:

    Thanks so much for this video! I would love a chinchilla someday, and this definitely made me aware of that it will have to be when I'm financially stable enough to get a little guy! ❤️

  18. darkbendover says:

    do you think $1200 is overpriced for a gold bar chinchilla?

  19. Reya Lang says:

    Just get a girl and a girl…

  20. {Lily Holalluya says:

    Saddly, were not aloud chinchillas in Australia just like hamsters 😢

  21. RNG sp0ngeb0b Ohonil for PS4 says:

    My last name is chinchilla

  22. ShadowBlitzGamer says:

    My pet rock was free!

  23. Kiara Majors says:

    You could always get the same gender chinchilla that's what I had to do when I got hamsters

  24. Joshua Jung says:

    I'm not even planning to buy a chinchilla, but I still love chinchilla's soooo

  25. Neoncaffeine says:

    you forgot cooling stones 🙁

  26. BusyPigsWeekly 3 says:

    Your good at accents xD

  27. Insert Plant Related Name Here says:

    Doesn't neuter chinchillas, they pay off my debts within a few years

  28. Articalz says:

    "Chinchillas are very active" Me: glaring at my two lazy chinchillas who just sleep and will only complain if I haven't cuddled them

  29. Alejandro patricio F says:

    in Argentina cost around us$19 . in USA is really expansive

  30. Keira Hathaway says:

    I got two chinchillas but they have destroyed the nest box could you please send me the link of the nest box shown in the video because it looks way better and more secure than the other one I got at Pets at Home

  31. Neu Dii says:

    Me : Damn the chinchilla itself cost 1K+ here so :')
    Also me : spends over thousands for my cats and birds

  32. rourkey7 says:

    I have a chinchailla at home.

  33. Paap Family says:

    i personally dont really like kaytee because ive read online that they add in too much products and other things like that. but i did enjoy your American accent attempt!!! love you!!!🐭❤️

  34. Saturn Venice says:

    My niece has a chinchilla

  35. Samantha Burke says:

    Ok so I’m thinkin abt getting a chinchilla but I haven’t even watched the video yet but should I get one or two chinchillas. I don’t wanna Breed the chinchilla(s) either

  36. Nicholas Mallard says:

    Teaching your Chinchilla how to text! 5:16

  37. wow zers says:

    does anybody know where to get a chinchilla ?

  38. Micheal Jackson says:

    I want a tenrec and a chinchilla 😂

  39. ree says:

    Why is she quoting american prices? Isn’t she from the UK so….??? Sorry. I’m just curious and this my first video of hers that i’ve watched.

  40. Victoria Watkins says:

    Do you buy your animals

  41. Nightcore Wolf says:

    So happy my friends sister will let me have one for free!

  42. ka9radio says:

    I was thinking of getting a Chinchilla, but I would have to robb a bank first! Thanks for the video. 🙂

  43. Macaroon Surprises says:

    im new and 43 seconds into to the video i watched i subscribed #subscribetribe lol i heard you say that

  44. brooklynn ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ says:

    i recently got a chinchilla and got every single thing on the list at the store for $507.90 !

  45. HeyIts Amy says:

    For a second in thumb nail I thought the chinchilla had wings😂😂😂

  46. Hailey Speck says:

    Kaytee is awesome my birds love the brand

  47. Sierra Bella says:

    The NY accident was hilarious

  48. berkley beard says:

    you forgot fleece liner

  49. gisselle montenegro says:

    watches pokemon
    OoooOoooOo i want a pikachu!!!

    sees this video
    I can finally have a pikachu!!

  50. zax so2 says:

    In my country chinchilla costs 30 euros

  51. mason's adventure's says:

    Instead of feeding actual hay could you feed timpthy hay cubes

  52. Kelsey Curles says:

    Sweet Pokemon, bro.

  53. EmiilyGreen says:

    I have a dog and I might get a chinchilla is it fine it's the only chinchilla and a dog in the house?

  54. Why Don't We Nationwide says:

    welp i’ll get a hamster instead, nvm bout chinchillas, one day i’ll get one.

  55. amayaaa EDWARDSSS says:

    I have an idea. Getting 2 females LMAO UH

  56. M H says:

    Aaa my mom said I could get two I’m super excited 😆😆😆

  57. Cayden Rose says:

    They sell chinchillas at my pet smart for $50

  58. Random Cactus says:

    At least my chinchilla was free

  59. Katz says:

    Em has lots of PETS and CLEAN WHITE WALLS

  60. Sheyli :3 says:

    Donde puedo adoptar dos en Puerto Rico?

  61. Chains Da Floof says:

    :O good thing I got rats my god 1000$??!?!??

  62. Stormborn says:

    Could you do one on guinea pigs?

  63. SniperWolf says:

    "American Accent" im screaming

  64. Alaina says:

    clicks on video to do research before I ask my mom for a chinchilla
    Less than 50 seconds in

    ok let's get oh I know a pet grape 😉

  65. Dario Damico says:

    Wow I would like to hear you speak ing English with Italian accent, super bella

  66. Danielle Joan Ratinsky says:

    I have 2 chinchillas, a guy & a girl (they are a mix of a white and dark gray Chinchilla i think) they are neutered, there cage is bigger then the one that you showed on Amazon, they have everything they need.
    guess how much everything cost??
    500 ₪ ( I think, around that amount ), there old owners were selling them, so yeah….
    I especially love the way they eat
    my chinchillas love music, not loud music calm and relaxing music they would get as close as they can to the song (my boy Chinchilla knows his own name!)

  67. Donutthecat Box says:

    Kaytee stuff is good and bad. A lot of food they have has a lot of unneeded stuff. But cages are usually bad. The products are a hit or miss. Some products are really good some are bad.

  68. gdlywom says:

    Cute, but too expensive for me ☹️

  69. Kelly Hightower says:

    Please! Where do you buy chins and how to you find a place that sells buy colors?

  70. IrishQueen OC says:

    Yes i have 6 chinchillas😍

  71. Lukas Kohler says:

    I have two girls! I wish u could see them!🤩

  72. Jodi Ann says:

    Nah you right, cause my cuz just got a chinchilla and I don’t think he thought about the cost at all. Causeeeeeeee chillllleeeeeeeeeeeeee

  73. kelly bushnell says:

    Love your info btw,Thanks for putting this info out there.

  74. Yahira Torres says:

    Usually chinchillas, ferrets, etc. bought from pet stores are already spayed/neutered so you won't need to do that yourself

  75. alhena owen says:

    Oh I know there expensive I own 2

  76. TheGymUnicorn 47 says:

    I have a hamster because chinchillas were too expensive but I hope to get one

  77. Animals_Matter_Too says:

    Don’t use Kaytee. They have mould in the food and the food has killed tons of rats, mice, hamsters and chinchillas. Please be careful when selecting brands.

    Thanks and have an amazing day 💗😉😘

  78. Grace Fowler says:

    Using fleece is cheaper than bedding 🙂

  79. Dan Ruschli says:

    I own 2 chinchillas

  80. Jae Montage says:

    Or to avoid neutering you can just get two of the same sex

  81. Milan Jovanovic says:

    R.I.P Chilli you'll be missed 2009-2019

  82. Brandon Caballero says:

    They cost 150 at my pet store

  83. Angel Demon says:

    Why don't you just get two female chinchillas dumbass

  84. Funny Bonez says:

    Can you make one of these for ferrets

  85. Adelso Jose Antonio says:

    1.wakes up
    2.goes to petsmart
    3.buys chinchilla
    Read number 1

  86. Bumble.B HQ says:

    Ok I’m not getting a chinchilla anymore 😂

  87. Aleena Valdez says:

    Do they need two if we will go too school

  88. Charlottes Angels says:

    My chinchilla just past away my poor boy I have had him since I was two

  89. Lillian Chaney says:

    How do I convince my parents to let me get a pet chinchilla??

  90. Sophia Gauhman says:

    Actually you only get two chinchillas if you can’t devote enough time to one. I got one and he’s very happy and social.

  91. austin _ says:

    In Russia, white chinchilla costs: 80$, standart (grey): 10-20 $, black 40-50$

  92. Fiona Leddy says:

    I don’t understand u said I recommend glass bottles than say okay plastic

  93. Sandhy Singh says:

    I am indian i take my guina pigs everything cucumber cooked rice maize wheat roti grass

  94. DailyDragon says:

    At my local pet smart, they are only $150.00 ❤️

  95. Stella Muamba Ngufulu says:

    Wow, in Germany a chinchilla costs 30€ and for a pair of neutered chinchillas 50€ incl. tax.
    P.S. the same enclosure as on that pic from Amazone costs here 112€.

  96. chloe simone says:

    I’m going to start off by saying, instead of spending $150 of one from petsmart, you could adopt one in need for a home for about $50 or less, it could possibly be already spayed or nurtured, so youve already save yourself $600. Just saying 🤷‍♀️

  97. CringeFiesta says:

    My chinchilla died

    coz i farted in the same room

  98. Christoff Benade says:

    How on earth to u get ur chin to sit so still?

  99. Jayda Pietrykowski says:

    Me I want a chinchilla
    Me ten second into the video how about a hamster instead

  100. Smelly Bruh with attitude says:

    Your American accent is flawless

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