An introduction to degus

Degus are very busy, and each have their own little character.

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Degus are very busy, and each have their own little character.

They are not necessarily a first-time pet but can make a super addition to a family keen to take on something different and fun. They are cheeky and mischievous and love nothing more than a card box to chew on or some willow tree branches to run along and oversee their kingdom from. The facts below will help you decide if Degus are the right pet for you.  

Fast Facts:

Companionship: Degus really do prefer the company of their own kind and are most happy living in small same sex pairs or small groups.  

Life expectancy: Degus can live up to 5-8 years 

Accomodation: Degus can be very active and enjoy exploring their surroundings. They are able to gnaw through plastic very easily so choosing a large metal cage with a metal floor is recommended. The ideal size cage for a pair to a small group of degus is:  159cm high, 93cm wide and 63cm deep.  

Diet: Degus are herbivores, they require ample good quality hay, pellets and natural treats such as dried herbs and flowers.   

Health: Degus are generally quite healthy animals; however, they can occasionally suffer from diabetes due to incorrect diet and tail injuries due to incorrect handling. It is important to choose a small pet friendly vet to ensure your degus receive the best possible care.  

Family friendly: Some Degus really enjoy human interaction; they will take food from your hands and climb over you during free-range play time. However not all degus enjoy this, and many can find sudden loud noises etc frightening. Because of this they often suit families with slightly older children who are happy to take their time building up a relationship with their new pet degus.  


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