An introduction to Degus as Pets
Degu (pronounced Daygoo) is a small Rodent that although looks like a large gerbil is actually more closely related to a Guinea Pig.
Degus make good pets as they are friendly little animals that are awake during the day, their life span is long in comparison to other rodents being at least 5 years and sometimes up to 8 or 9.
The Degu is a very sociable animal that in the wild would be living in groups. On their own they can become very lonely and depressed, it is best to keep your Degu in groups of two or more.
When thinking about accommodation for Degus always try to get the largest cage that you can fit in as they are very active and need lots of exercise. A very large rat or chinchilla cage with the mesh floors taken out, or covered, is ideal, avoiding plastic bases as these can be chewed remarkably quickly. Although Degus like to dig, a glass tank alone will not be suitable as they also love to climb!
The cage interior should provide a large solid wheel that does not have spokes, which can catch feet and tails, also, like chinchillas, a dust bath should be available to keep their coats clean. The larger the cage, the happier and more active your Degus will be, as you will be able to provide them with exciting new tunnels, straps for climbing and a variety of new toys to investigate.
Before adopting Degus, please consider whether you have the time and lifestyle that will provide them with the appropriate care and attention. The Trust homes only to adults as at the end of the day it is they that must take overall responsibility for the animal’s welfare and needs.