I have had my Chin for a couple of years and out of the blue, he barked at me when I got him from his cage and took him to my office space, he normally spends hours at a time with me there, but today, he after barking when I picked him up he sat on my foot and yelled at me... He has never reacted this way before. Later on, he played as usual, but this concerns me.
Jay.. Barking can mean just a real desire to communicate. It can also mean he is bothered. It can be anything from a smell in the house to noises outside. It can be a call cause he is lonely to trying to let you know he doesn't feel well.
If I were you I would make sure nothing has changed in his environment and then yes,,,keep an eye on him.
They are good communicators and I think we all feel as you do when we haven't heard a particular sound much in the past.
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There are so many reasons ... barking is usually a sign something botheres the Chinnie. In my house I had it just from noise! Sometimes a "new" noise from any neighbours or on street an because it was unusual, Chinnie begun to bark as warning. And very often, when my Chins were tired and wanted to sleep, but I myself made any noise, like just typing on a computer keyboard.
Was there maybe just any noise from street that day? Like a building site?
Ah, one more reason my Chins barked was, when there was a dog for visit. Even when he was not near the cage, just the smell of another animal could also be enough.
Well, usually it has to do with things like that. Not so much with you.
Paco barks at us at lunch time if we are being too noisey, talking while Kents home for lunch. He just does it to let us know he's sleeping and wants us to be quiet! Once we quiet down he stops barking at us. Now we know not to be noisey! Or we get it!
Hmmm. Barking can refer to various sounds, and they might mean different things. It's interesting, Jay, that your chinchilla sat on your foot and "yelled" at you... I'd love to hear what he was saying! If he were freaked out, he'd likely not be sitting on your foot, but hiding elsewhere. Is there a chance that something was caught in his fur, or his fur caught in a tight spot on your shoe, or something was making him otherwise uncomfortable? That can provoke some interesting sounds. Whatever it was, clearly he was communicating with you, though... chinchillas can be very good at getting our attention, even if it takes us some figuring to know what they're saying.