Caring For Your Degu
Just like every other pet, Degus need specialized care to stay happy and healthy in your home. First, a Degu needs to be kept in a cooler climate. Their enclosure should remain around 68ºF, anything warmer than that and a Degu may become distressed and experience heat stroke. Next, Degus need constant stimulation in the form of friends, toys, running, or climbing. These little guys will not do well in a barren cage; they need plenty of toys and platforms to play on. As previously mentioned make sure that your Degus cage is large enough to accommodate multiple levels and a running wheel. Cages made for Chinchillas tend to work well for Degus.
The floor covering of the cage should be comprised of materials that are easy to burrow in – be careful to read the ingredients on the packaging if you decide to use wood shavings in your Degus home as there may be harmful elements used. Your Degu will need to have a dust bath available so that it can wash after it has been handled; make sure that you never get your Degu wet.
Degus need a special diet as they can’t digest or metabolize sugar or carbohydrates and are prone to diabetes. A mix of guinea pig and chinchilla food or rodent blocks will work well for your Degu as long as it doesn’t contain any molasses. For a special treat you can feed your Degu the following foods:
- Dandelion Leafs (make sure that no pesticides have been used)
- Leafy Vegetables
- Peeled Sweet Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Sunflower Seeds
- Nuts In The Shell
*Vegetables that are part of the cabbage family: cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, etc., should only be fed to Degus in small amounts. As should the seeds and nuts listed.
Are You Ready To Bring Home A Degu?
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