MEET THE DEGU

Degus are related to chinchillas and guinea pigs - and they all come from South America. Unlike most other pocket pets, degus are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.

Medium
6 - 9 years

Lifespan

6 - 9 years

Diet Difficulty

Medium

Good With Kids

Older/respectful
children

Care Difficulty

Medium

Space Requirement

Medium

Cleanliness

Medium

Time Needed Outside Cage

High

Human Interaction Needs

High

Potty Trainability

Medium

Cuddliness

Medium

CARE GUIDE

SUPPLY LIST

ADOPTABLE

DEGUS

ENCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Dimensions

One degu: 2 cubic ft

Two degus: 4 cubic ft

Three degus: 6 cubic ft

MNPPR Recommends

Double Critter Nation

Critter Nation cages are easy to clean, customize, and move around. Plus, they come in both single and double sizes depending on how much room you have and how many degus you want to keep.

Other Notes

Wire-sided cages are preferable because they provide plenty of ventilation and options for climbing.

Bar spacing should be no more than 1” for adult degus and 0.5” for young degus.

 

All cage floors, ramps, and levels should be solid or covered with fleece since standing on wire can cause injuries and bumblefoot.

Fleece blankets or liners are the safest options for degu bedding since they may eat other types and get intestinal blockages. We like to use fleece to line the cage and cover any exposed wire floors.

ENRICHMENT REQUIREMENTS

Essentials

water bottle

food bowl

lots of chew toys (wood or lava)

wheel

at least one shelter/hide

Safe chinchilla wheel
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Variety

toilet paper tubes

fiddlesticks

tunnels

bird toys

bits of fabric

ladders

cardboard

treat balls

homemade toys

Other Items

dust bath

animal dust (volcanic)

hammocks

pet bed

pet carrier

fleece

Chewing

Degus are known to be prolific chewers. Because of this, many owners choose not to allow any plastic at all in their environment. This is the best way to protect your pets from ingesting pieces of plastic that can cause an obstruction and make them ill. There are glass water bottles, ceramic or glass dishes, solid metal or wooden wheels, and wooden hides available on the market.

FEEDING REQUIREMENTS

Hay

Degus’ digestive systems require a constant supply of hay to function properly. An unlimited supply of timothy hay, orchard grass, and/or meadow grass should be available for them to eat at all times. Adult degus should not be given alfalfa since its calcium content is too high and can cause stones to form.

Pellets

Each degu should be provided 2 tablespoons of timothy pellets per day. Seed mix food should not be used because they are often missing vital nutrients and many degus will only eat their favorite tasting pieces causing an unbalanced diet. If you are unable to find degu-specific food, molasses-free guinea pig pellets can be mixed with chinchilla pellets at a 50/50 ratio.

Treats

Degus are prone to getting diabetes and should not have treats high in molasses or sugar.

Safe Treats

alfalfa hay cubes

basil

carrots

dandelions

dried rose hips

fruit tree twigs

sugar-free wheat cereal

mint

oregano

parsley

pumpkin seeds

sweet pepper

Unsafe Treats

avocado

chocolate

dairy 

garlic

meat

onion

potato 

rhubarb

tomato leaves

  

DISCLAIMER

All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.

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